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Decorated gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

A lightly spicy and buttery Gingerbread Cookie that isn't too bitter, isn't too sweet and is soft all the way through. Perfection.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Cookies, gingerbread, spicy gingerbread cookies
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 28 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 166kcal
Author Lauren
Cost $6


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 3 cups all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Stir in egg, vanilla and molasses. Scrape the sides and mix again until mixture is uniform.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk remaining dry ingredients together. Slowly incorporate to the butter sugar mixture and stir on low until just combined. Scrape the sides, especially the bottom of the bowl and mix again to ensure an even dough.
  • Form dough into large disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll chilled dough out onto floured board to be 1/3rd of an inch thick. Cut different shapes using cookie cutters and place onto parchment paper lined baking sheets.
  • Bake 7-8 minutes or until lightly puffed without the edges getting dark. Cool 3 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack.
  • Decorate with royal icing or anything else you desire. Store in air tight containers for up to four days.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg