Homemade Gingerbread Cookies

These delicious yet so easy Homemade Gingerbread Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie to bake this week! Made with double the amount of traditional gingerbread spice and sweet brown sugar. These cookies have a crisp exterior, but once you take a bite, these cookies are soft, melt-in-your-mouth delicious, perfectly balanced between sweet and spice with hints of molasses throughout. There’s seriously no better cookie to bake up this holiday season! They’re spicy, sweet, and SO. GOOD. Oh, and the best part is always the decoration. Whether you’re a chocolate chip fan or royal icing, these cookies will be absolutely perfect for your every need. The secret is in the combination of spices. Made with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice…it’s like Christmas in every bite! These cookies are so fun and easy to bake, delicious to eat, and the best gift to give!

iced gingerbread cookies on gold cooling rack with napkin, greenery, lights, and piping bag

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About The Recipe

There’s only one more Monday until Christmas, which means it’s time for some Christmas cookies! And, is there really a better cookie than Gingerbread?

It’s definitely a classic and a must-bake during the holiday’s, but these cookies are truly something special. Crunchy crust with a soft middle that practically melts in your mouth… Every bite is SO good!

But, what makes this cookie so special?

close up of snowflake cookie

We have found the perfect blend and amount of spices for these cookies. I’m serious! There is just enough ginger, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. They all blend together and make these cookies practically irresistible!

On top of all of that, these are extremely simple and perfect for decorating.

Oh, and of my favorite things to do with these cookies, is to put chocolate chips with them. Like, buttons for gingerbread men! There’s nothing more delicious than the combo of chocolate.

It was one of my favorite things to do when I was younger.

With these cookies, I decided to decorate with royal icing. It wasn’t something I had done very often, but it was so much fun! There was something almost relaxing about just sitting down with a piping bag and turning on some Christmas music.

So, whatever you’re planning to do, these cookies will be the perfect festive bake for the holiday’s!

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Baking Soda
  • Salted Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Molasses
  • Egg
molasses, flour, brown sugar, egg, butter, baking soda, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice in glass bowls on marble counter

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, and baking soda.

Beat butter and sugar in a mixer with the beater attachment for 2-3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

Mix in the egg until well combined.

Stir in the molasses.

Mix in the dry ingredients.

Separate the dough in half, forming both halves into a disc. Roll out one half on a piece of parchment and place in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. Repeat with the second piece.

gingerbread cookie dough rolled out on parchment

Cut the dough into desired shapes and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Decorate as you see fit and enjoy!

What To Serve With These Gingerbread Cookies…

The best thing about these cookies is that they go with pretty much anything and everything. They’re so easy and so delicious on their own, but even better when paired with another delicious sweet! Here are a few of our favorite things to go with these cookies:

How To Store

You can keep these cookies in an airtight container on the counter for about a week or so, or in a freezer safe bag for about a month!

overhead shot of decorated gingerbread cookies on gold cooling rack

Expert Tips

  • Make sure to set out your butter a few hours prior to baking.
  • Bake these cookies on a un-greased parchment paper for the best results!
  • You can use any kind of candy to decorate these cookies.
  • This recipe keeps really well!

When you make these Homemade Gingerbread Cookies, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

overhead shot of ornament and two snowflake cookies

Homemade Gingerbread Cookies

Traci
Spicy, sweet, and oh so delicious. These Homemade Gingerbread Cookies are truly the perfect cookie for this holiday season!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Additional Time 20 mins
Total Time 53 mins
Course Cookies and Bars
Cuisine American
Servings 48
Calories 105 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • cup salted butter, room temperature
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg, room temperature

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add egg and beat to incorporate.
  • Mix in molasses.
  • Stir in flour mixture.
  • Divide dough in half and form into rounds.
  • Working with one portion of dough at a time, place on work surface between 2 sheets of parchment paper (no flour).
  • Roll dough to 1/4" thick.
  • Refrigerate, still in parchment paper, for 15-20 minutes.
  • Repeat with second portion of dough.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator, one piece at a time, and place on work surface.
  • Cut into desired shapes.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes, until slightly browned.

Notes

  • Make sure to set out your butter a few hours prior to baking.
  • Bake these cookies on a un-greased parchment paper for the best results!
  • You can use any kind of candy to decorate these cookies.
  • This recipe keeps really well!

Nutrition

Serving: 1CookieCalories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 42mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 95IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

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2 Comments

  1. The recipe says “ground…” for all spices except the cloves. I’m hoping it’s an omission and you don’t put whole cloves in. Thought you should know in case you can edit the recipe.