Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

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Gingerbread Cookies are some of the favorite cookies to be prepared for Christmas. The spices used and molasses give an amazing flavor and the aroma while baking is amazing. Kids really enjoy making them during the holiday season.


The dough is really easy to work with, can be cut in various shapes and decorated in endless ways.  This recipes uses molasses but if you don’t have it around you can also make gingerbread cookies without molasses using the recipe I’ve made for the gingerbread stars which is made with honey instead.


You can also use these cookies to decorate the Christmas tree or simply use them as homemade holiday gifts.


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  • Makes about 3 dozen cookies
  • 2 1/2 cups (315g) flour
  • 1/3 cup (75g) dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (3g) salt
  • 1 tsp (3g) ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp (4g) ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) ground cloves
  • 1 tsp (6g) baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (100g) molasses
  • 1 egg
  • Sugar Icing
  • 1 cup (120g) powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp (15-30ml) lemon juice or milk
  1. In a large bowl whisk dry ingredients together: flour, salt, spices and baking soda.
  2. In another bowl cream butter with sugar. Add the egg and molasses  and mix well.
  3. Incorporate dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir until the dough comes together. Divide the dough in two disks and cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour up to 3 days.
  4. Roll the dough between two layers of plastic wrap, or between two layers of parchment paper until 1/8 inch (2-3 mm) thick. If you want them crispy roll the dough very thin. If you want them softer roll it out thicker.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F(180C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Cut the dough into desired shapes using the cookie cutters.  Re-roll the remaining dough  and cut more shapes. I use a fork to remove the dough between the cookies. Place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving a little space between them.
  7. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes (depending on the cookie size). Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. To make the icing simply combine powdered sugar with milk or lemon juice. Spoon the icing into the piping bag and decorate the gingerbread cookies as desired. Allow to set.
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Nutrition facts 1 Cookie (22g) - Calories:84, Fat:2.8g, Saturated Fat:1.7g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0g, Carbohydrates:13.7g, Sugar: 6.3g, Protein:1.1g, Cholesterol:11mg, Calories from Fat 25, Sodium 88mg, Potassium 60mg, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 3%, Nutrition Grade C+, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On December 22, 2016 at 02:03 am, Ngoc Chi Le said...
Dear Ella, I want to give you a big hug and say thank you so much! I just recently know your website in a short time, but I love all your recipes. Thank you for creating these amazing recipes for everyone. I'm having a little difficulty in the way of conversion. I also learned a lot of different information, but they still have a discrepancy. I hope you can help me with a accurate conversion table. I'm living in the Vietnam country, almost we used unit is grams and ml.
On January 02, 2017 at 04:58 am, Antojo en tu cocina said...
Delicious recipe!! Happy new year :)
On November 29, 2017 at 01:56 am, audrey said...
Hello.. I'm a fan of yours.. and i want to make this gingerbread cookies, but what can i use to substitute the molasses ? and if i don't have any substition for it, is it okay if i make without molasses ? Thank you so much

If you want a version of gingerbread cookies without molasses try using this recipe which uses honey instead -

On December 15, 2018 at 11:17 am, Yani said...
Dear Ella, I just want to ask how and for how long can I preserve the cookies to stay fresh? I want to make them in advance but I dont know how long are they gonna hold? Your recipes are great! Thank you Best wishes and hapoy holidays

I like to freeze cookies after they re baked and cooled, this is the best way to keep them fresh

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