Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Claire Cohen
    25 min

These gingerbread cookies are as delicious to eat as they are fun to make. I think my kids enjoyed making these cookies even more than sugar cookies this year. Perhaps it's because the gingerbread people seem to have a bit of personality. Use whatever decorations you have on hand. We found red and green striped white chocolate chips and thought they made terrific buttons for these gingerbread men.

If you like these cookies, check out my easy soft gingerbread cookies recipe. Decorate them with colored sugar, sprinkles or even icing.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • gel icing for decorating
  • M&Ms or striped white chocolate chips for decorating

How to Make It

    1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the molasses, egg and vanilla. Beat well.
    2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
    3. Stir into the wet ingredients until well-incorporated (you can do this with your hands).
    4. Separate the dough into three pieces. Form into logs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
    5. When ready to bake, remove dough from oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    6. Roll dough out to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Use cookie cutters to make gingerbread people.
    7. Bake 8-10 minutes. Let cool and decorate.
  • Don't Miss: Favorite Gingerbread Recipes

  • There's something about the flavors of gingerbread that remind us of the holidays. Another quintessential holiday dessert is pie--try  Sweet Potato Pie with Whipped Cream, The Best Streusel Apple Pie Ever, or Ginger Pumpkin Pie.


  • Want to decorate your gingerbread cookies? Here's a simple recipe for icing from

    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 teaspoons milk
    • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
    • 14 teaspoon vanilla extract or 14 teaspoon almond extract
    • food coloring
  • Directions

    1. Stir the powdered sugar and the milk until smooth.
    2. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla until icing is smooth and glossy.
    3. If it's too thick, add more corn syrup.
    4. Divide icing into separate bowls and stir in food coloring as desired.
    5. You can dip the cookies, paint them with a paint brush or spread them using a knife or the back of a spoon.
  • Before the icing dries, you can add sprinkles or colored sugar on top. Let your kids express their inner artist and go wild with the decorations!