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Classic Gingerbread Cookies

The holidays just aren't the same without gingerbread cookies and this classic recipe is the perfect balance of soft, chewy and festive flavours!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 28 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Cookies
Calories 204 kcal


For the cookies

  • ¾ cup Butter, softened
  • ½ cup Dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Egg, large
  • 2 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Molasses (I use Crosby's Fancy Molasses)
  • 3 ½ cups All-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger, ground
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon Cloves, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg, ground (I suggest freshly ground if available)
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt

For the icing

  • 2 cups Confectioners' sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoon Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon Pure vanilla extract


For the cookies

  • In a large bowl, combine butter and brown sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg, vanilla and molasses. Beat with electric mixer until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients to wet, with electric mixer on low, until dough is smooth and well combined.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for minimum 2 hours.
  • Once the dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Lightly flour working surface.
  • Once at a time, roll out each dough with a rolling pin to approx. ¼ inch thickness. Use cookie cutter of choice to cut out shapes. Transfer cookies onto prepared baking sheet, spacing them minimum 2 inches apart.
  • Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake 8-10 minutes.
  • Repeat process until there is no more remaining dough.
  • Cool completely before moving on to decorating.

For the icing

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, corn syrup and vanilla. Beat on low with an electric mixer, adding 1 tablespoon of additional milk at a time until desired consistency is achieved. Icing should be thick enough to be pipeable.
  • Scoop icing into a piping bag with desired piping tip. Decorate cookies and enjoy!


Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 192IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies, Holiday Cookies, Holiday Desserts, Holiday Recipes
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