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Gingerbread Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Making gingerbread cookies this holiday? This is the recipe for you! These cookies have a wonderfully traditional molasses and spice flavor, a tender texture that's not too hard, and the dough is a dream to work with. No spreading in the oven! Keep your cute shapes and neat edges.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread cookie recipe, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread man cookies, soft gingerbread cookies
Servings: 36 cookies (approx.- varies based on size and shape of cookie cutter(s) used
Calories: 141 kcal
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl, and cream together until smooth.

  3. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, add the molasses, and mix until combined.

  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl after each addition.  

  5. Add the cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves, and mix on medium-low speed until combined.  

  6. Add about 2/3 of the flour, then mix on low speed until incorporated (the dough will look very dry and crumbly at first, but will come together after a minute or so).  

  7. Add in the remaining flour, a little at a time, until the dough forms a ball and comes cleanly away from the sides of the bowl.  (If the dough still seems sticky, add up to an additional 1 cup of flour, until it is smooth and easier to handle.)

  8. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3/8-inch (rolling pin rings help to achieve an even and exact thickness) between 2 sheets of parchment paper, and cut shapes with cookie cutters. 

  9. Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheets, and bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until the cookies are set around the edges and just a little softer towards the centers. 

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Recipe Notes

This recipe works really well for gingerbread houses too!

Get the icing recipe for decorating here: Royal Icing.

Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 56mg2%
Potassium 99mg3%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.