One hassle when cooking gingerbread men or other biscuits/cookies with complex shapes: they can break when you transfer them onto the baking sheet. To avoid armless gingerbread men and trees without tops, Fine Cooking's Nicki Sizemore shares a great technique: removing the dough around the shapes.
First, roll out your dough on baking paper, and transfer that onto your baking tray. Then use your cutters to cut the shapes you want into the dough. Now, without moving the shapes, carefully pull away the dough between the shapes.
It's a delicate process, but it makes sure your cookies are perfectly positioned in the tray, ready to bake. As an added bonus, since you used baking paper, they won't stick to the tray.