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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Soft old fashioned homemade gingerbread cookie recipe that is perfect for your Christmas cookie platter. The holidays are not complete without this classic cookie.

This gingerbread cookie recipe creates pillowy soft cookies with just the right amount of ginger and sugar, creating the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

I usually like to add icing to my gingerbread cookies, but these were so good plain, I skipped the icing step.


With all of my holiday cookie baking, I am a little sugared out (which is saying a lot for me).  These cookies are a nice change of pace from chocolate cookies, sugar cookies, and chocolate and peppermint cookies.

gingerbread cookie recipe

I decided to make both gingerbread man shaped and circles.  My biscuit cutter proved to be the perfect shape cutter with this dough.

gingerbread cookie recipe

Tips:

  1. Do not be shy away from adding in more flour after mixing the dough. Gingerbread dough is usually very sticky.  I added 1/2 cup more flour until it was easier to work with.  The worst is dealing with a rolling pin and sticky dough.  So, flour it up.
  2. Do not overcook.  Our’s were done at the 10 minute marker.  This amount of time yielded soft, delicious gingerbread cookies, that as mentioned earlier were just as yummy sans frosting.

Hope you enjoy these as much as we did.

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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Soft old fashioned homemade gingerbread cookie recipe that is perfect for your Christmas cookie platter. The holidays are not complete without this classic cookie.

Course cookies, Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 40
Calories 134 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 4 cups flour, sifted

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  1. In large bowl in stand mixer, mix together sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and baking soda on low speed until well combined.

  2. Add in butter, molasses and evaporated milk to mixer and begin to mix on low speed.  Once mixture is somewhat creamy, turn speed up to medium high and mix until thoroughly combined and smooth.

  3. Turn the mixer back down to low and add in sifted flour, one cup at a time.  Continue mixing until fully incorporated.

  4. If the dough is too sticky to work with at this point, add in an additional half cup flour or enough to create a dough that is easy to work with and roll out.

  5. Add the dough to a well floured surface and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.  Cover rolling pin with flour.

  6. Use gingerbread man cut outs or biscuit cutters or whatever you'd like.  Place the shaped cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets and cook in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown, but still soft.

  7. Let cookies cool in pan for 5 minutes, then move to wire rack for further cooling.  Eat plain or add frosting.  Enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Seasoned Mom

Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 152mg 6%
Potassium 147mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Sugars 11g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 3%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Soft old fashioned homemade gingerbread cookie recipe that is perfect for your Christmas cookie platter.  The holidays are not complete without classic gingerbread cookies.

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  1. One of my nieces and I made this recipe on Thursday night. The cookies were very tasty. I love your blog, by the way ! So many great recipes ! Keep up the excellent work !

    (BTW, should the sugar be added in step 1?)

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