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Gingerbread Recipe and Cookie Round Up


I am not much of a baker. I mean, I can do it, but I don’t really enjoy the process. No matter how hard I try, my cakes, cupcakes and cookies never look picture perfect. That said, when I find a recipe that is easy to make AND tastes delicious, I hang on to it.

I’m not sure where I got my Gingerbread Cookie recipe from originally, but I’ve had it for years and it makes the BEST Gingerbread Cookies. One batch is never enough in my house, and I normally end up having to make more cookies on Christmas Eve so that there are some for Santa.


Even though my cookies are notscreen-shot-2016-11-30-at-12-28-55-pm the prettiest, Santa actually REALLY likes them. He hardly leaves any crumbs at all! That’s really the best indicator of how yummy these cookies are!

Best of all, this recipe is actually not all that complicated.  I use my stand mixer to do the work for me but a hand mixer would get the job done too.

Gingerbread Cookies


  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla (or vanilla extract)


  • In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves).
  • Using mixer,  cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg and mix. Then add the molasses and vanilla.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until everything is well incorporated.
  • Divide dough into 2 or 3 sections and roll into a balls.
  • Wrap the dough balls in plastic wrap and let stand on the counter for 2 hours.
  • Lightly flour your rolling surface (and rolling pin) and roll the dough until it is about 1/4″ thick. Cut into desired shapes and bake at 375˚F for 7-10 minutes until lightly browned. If you want softer Gingerbread remove them from the oven after about 7 minutes (they will looked uncooked to begin with but will set as they cool down).
  • Cool until room temperature
  • Decorate any way you want! I always let the kids help me. Its a project they look forward to!

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Decorate with Royal Icing or store bought cookie icing, and sprinkles and/or candy (if desired). If you turn the Gingerbread men upside down, you can get Reindeer heads! The kids think these are really fun and I normally do an assortment of both reindeer and Ginger People for them. They LOVE helping with the decorating.

My cookies may not be the prettiest cookies on the block, but they taste amazing and the kids love them!

Royal Icing can be easily made by mixing I cup icing (powdered) sugar, 1/2 tsp of vanilla, 2 – 2 1/2 tbsp milk or water and food colouring (optional). Icing will dry hard!



This is part of the 2016 Virtual Cookie Exchange. Please visit the other blogs that are participating this year!

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.




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  1. I bet your kids had a blast. My girls ask to make decorated cookies every year too! I haven’t tried gingerbread cookies but my kids ask for them, now I can give them a try.

  2. I’m decorative cookie challenged myself. That’s why I prefer drop cookies for the most part. Still, the few times I’ve decorated cookies I really enjoyed it as I’m sure your family enjoyed making cookie memories with you 🙂

  3. We love gingerbread cookies in our house!!! These look so tasty!

  4. Sohair

    These look delicious and would love to get an idea ty

  5. Amy Elizabeth Stackhouse

    I’ve never made gingerbread cookies before as the boys don’t enjoy them as much as other types. I love the idea for reindeer using an upside down gingerbread man!

  6. Treen Goodwin

    Think i might make these with my Grandson when he comes over , great fun , thanks for sharing the recipe they look and sound scrumptious 🙂

  7. Julie

    I’ve actually never made gingerbread cookies, we usually do shortbread but I’d like to try them, thanks for the recipe!

  8. Lynda Cook

    I love gingerbread cookies over the holidays, so tasty and remind me of my grandmother, this is a pretty easy recipe going to have to try them out!!

  9. Myra

    I’ve never made any go get bread cookies before so I’m going to try this recipe this Christmas.

  10. Gord

    I love to dunk my gingerbread cookies in my tea when I have them. This recipe is going to be given a try and end up in our recipe box.

  11. christina moore

    Thank you for sharing

  12. These look delicious…and not too hard. I’m going to have to give them a try. 🙂
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  13. We just made a batch of gingerbread cookies using an online recipe, but it didn’t have enough spice flavor. I’ll have to give yours a try.

  14. Kimberly S

    I’m going to be making GingerBread cookies today. I already baked and decorated a GingerBread House. My kids always had fun in helping decorate cookies.

  15. My son is the only one in the family who likes gingerbread. But I like a good, reliable recipe so I may just make these for him at Christmas!

  16. Debbie White Beattie

    I’ve never made gingerbread cookies before but the way you decorated all of them is awesome

  17. Jennifer Ann Wilson

    I like the idea of turning the gingerbread man upside down and making it into a reindeer!

  18. Victoria Ess

    Those sound delicious!

  19. Florence Cochrane

    Gingerbread cookies for the holidays are the best. Lots of creative decorating going on there with the gingerbread cookies.

  20. Jennifer I

    I made gingerbread from scratch onceM I discovered that my boys hate it and it all went to the garbage after we decorated. Now we buy the kit, decorate, eat the candies off then throw it out! 😕

  21. Now these sound amazing we love gingerbread cookies and houses 😉

  22. patricia furlong

    ooohhhh these look good, i would love to make these with the kids.

  23. Cheryl MacPhail

    It sounds like a great cookie recipe! I love the reindeer shaped ones too cute 🙂

  24. Linda Klages

    great activity with the grandkids

  25. Alita Alexander

    Making cookies and decorating them yearly is such a fun tradition! We love it! I’ll have to try your recipe for gingerbread out! Thank you!

  26. shirley p

    Love making Ginger cookies

  27. Yvonne Delgado

    thanks for the recipe. I don’t eat gingerbread, but i like making them for others

  28. Mary Gardner

    The cookies look delicious and like your kids had loads of fun making them. Thanks for the recipe!

  29. Lesley F

    Those cookies look so good

  30. John Smith

    I do like the taste of gingerbread! Ginger snaps, also, are very good!

  31. Delightful looking cookies that will be great to have with lunch daily.

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