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gingerbread cookie

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies that are soft and chewy and taste amazing thanks to molasses, butter and spices. Great for decorating with royal icing and bringing to your next Holiday party or to give as gifts. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gingerbread cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 132kcal


  • 20 oz AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7 oz unsalted butter
  • 5 oz brown sugar
  • 8 oz molasses
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF
    Whisk together your flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Melt butter and add to your stand mixer. On low add in brown sugar, molasses, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves and mix until combined, let cool for a few minutes.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, once the mixture has cooled to about room temperature, add in the egg and whisk until combined.
  • Switch to your paddle attachment and add in your flour mixture. Mix until your dough starts to form. Dough will still be slightly sticky.
  • Divide dough in half, form into a rectangular shape and wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in fridge for at least 1 hour. 
  • Once the dough has been chilled. Roll out dough to ⅛”-¼” thickness on a clean, floured surface. The thinner you roll your dough, the crisper the cookies will be. If your dough gets sticky, you may need to reflour your dough (both sides) as you go.
  • Flour your cookie cutters and cut out all your desired shapes.
  • Bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet for 8-12 min or until the edges are slightly brown.
  • Let cool completely for several minutes before removing from cookie sheet and placing them on a cooling rack to completely set. 
  • Decorate your cooled cookies!



Making gingerbread men cookies can be so fun! Just make your dough, bake your cookies and then frost details with royal icing! No special piping skills required. I used a piping tip #2 and a piping bag and red, black and green food color gel from americolor. 


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 131mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.1mg