Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Gingerbread cookies were not my favorite cookies growing up. To be completely honest, I never really cared for them until about five years or so ago when I decided that I was going to create a gingerbread cookie that I absolutely loved.

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My ultimate gingerbread cookie had a few requirements:
- it had to be full of gingerbread spice without being overwhelming
- it had to be soft and tender, yet hold up well for baking, decorating, and sharing with friends
- my whole family had to love it

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It seemed a bit daunting, but I was determined. For a few days, I tried tweak after tweak, until finally, I did it. I’d made the perfect gingerbread cookies for my family.

 

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If you are a gingerbread cookie lover, then you may spot a few ingredients that aren’t normal for gingerbread cookies. Those are part of my tweaks to make them perfect for our tastes. I’m certainly not saying these are the perfect gingerbread cookies for every family, but for mine, we don’t want them any other way.

Here’s my gingerbread cookies recipe. I hope you love them as much as we all do!

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Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
 
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Gingerbread cookies are a favorite Christmas cookie recipe and this gingerbread will become a favorite with a few special additions. Makes 36 gingerbread cookies
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Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon espresso powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • confectioner’s sugar for dusting work surface
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add in molasses and mix until well-combined. Mix in cinnamon, ginger, cloves, espresso powder, vanilla and the egg until well-combined.
  2. Whisk together baking powder and baking soda into the flour and then slowly stir these dry ingredients into the molasses mixture.
  3. Divide the dough in half, and wrap well. Refrigerate for 1 hour up to 8 hours.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line sheet pans with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  5. Once the dough has chilled, take one piece of dough out of the refrigerator, and dust a clean work surface with confectioner’s sugar, and the dough. Roll it out as thin or thick as you like; for slightly less crisp cookies, roll it out more thickly.
  6. Use confectioner’s sugar under and on top of the dough to keep it from sticking to the table or rolling pin.
  7. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter and place onto prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake gingerbread cookies until they are lightly browned along the edges, about 12 minutes, or until they feel firm. Let the cookies cool completely before decorating, if desired.

 

Happy Baking!

XO,
Robyn

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About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.

Comments

  1. 1

    These do look perfect! So cute.

  2. 2

    Adorable! Your photos make them come alive.

  3. 3

    Robyn, Like you, I’ve always loved gingerbread, but have never found the perfect recipe for cookies that come out soft but crisp on the edges. Can’t wait to try yours. Laura

  4. 4

    These are so adorable! We love holiday cookie baking!

  5. 5

    These are just too stinking cute!

  6. 6

    These are adorable!

  7. 7

    I never liked them either and mainly because I hate hard dry crisp cookies so can’t wait to try these. Thanks!

  8. 8

    I LOVE gingerbread cookies. If it weren’t for gingerbread everything I might not love this time of year quite as much :)

  9. 9

    Hi Robyn! The cookies look beautiful and I can’t wait to try them out! I was just wondering if it would completely ruin the recipe if I substituted the molasses for golden syrup?

  10. 10

    Hi, just wanted to share- I made these the other week and have handed them out to neighbours and our daycare providers and the overwhelming response has been “these are the best gingerbread cookies I’ve ever had”. Everyone has asked for the recipe! The unique touches of this recipe truly make the difference.
    Merry Christmas!

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