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A smiling gingerbread man with white icing, carved from a gingerbread cookie.

Gingerbread Cookies for Christmas


Soft centres, crisp edges, and delicious everythings are what this gingerbread cookie recipe is all about.


Units Scale
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Salt, a pinch
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. Mix flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg and salt together in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar (low-medium speed if using an electric mixer). Mix in molasses, vanilla, and egg until well combined.
  3. Gradually mix in the dry flour mixture (low speed if you’re using an electric mixer), until a dough forms.
  4. Roll the dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight (or for a minimum of 4 hours).
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the dough until it’s about a ¼-inch thick. Use your cookie cutters to cut out whatever shape you want! Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper, or a baking mat.
  6. Bake for 8-12 minutes until the edges of the cookies being to brown. Remove from oven, and let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Decorate! (…then eat!)


Note: This gingerbread dough is probably not sturdy enough to make a gingerbread houses.

Pro Tip – You can freeze gingerbread dough for up to one month. Simply, put the plastic-wrapped dough in a zip-lock bag and freeze. Be sure to thaw the dough overnight in the fridge before you start working with it though.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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