Gingerbread Cookies

This classic gingerbread cookies recipe is easy to make, totally delicious, and perfect for decorating!

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This week I made my annual pilgrimage up to the verrrrrry top shelf in my kitchen to retrieve my big box of cookie cutters…

…because it’s Gingerbread Cookie season!

Yes, probably like many of you, these cute little cookies have been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember.  My sister and I always used to love cutting them out and decorating them galore as kids.  And as an adult, I must confess that I love the way they make my home smell amazing almost as much as I love eating them!  They definitely beat out a holiday candle any day.  ;)

So for anyone else looking to bake up a batch, here is my tried-and-true favorite gingerbread cookie recipe.  It’s easy to make, perfectly soft and delicious, and it never fails me.  Let’s make some!

I actually just went in and updated the photos for this recipe, but here’s a shoutout to the original photos I took way back when I first posted in 2009.  I forgot about that scarf — so cute!

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To make these, simply mix up the dough.  Then let it chill thoroughly in the fridge (so that your cookies don’t puff up and spread out too much while cooking).  Then roll it out on a floured surface and bring on your favorite cookie cutters!

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I kept things traditional this year with some classic holiday shapes, but you can use whatever you’d like!  Or if you don’t have cookie cutters, a biscuit cutter or the top of a (rinsed-out) aluminum can will also work.

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Once they’re baked up, let them cool to room temperature…

Gingerbread Cookies -- my all-time favorite recipe for these classic Christmas cookies! | gimmesomeoven.com

…and then decorate them with my simple frosting recipe if you’d like.

Happy baking!

Gingerbread Cookies

A delicious recipe for classic gingerbread cookies that never fails me!

Ingredients:

Gingerbread Cookies Recipe:

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • optional toppings: simple icing (see below), red hots, sprinkles, etc.

Simple Icing Recipe:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

To Make The Gingerbread Cookies:

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and spices. Set aside.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in eggs and molasses, and beat on medium speed until combined. Gradually add the flour mixture on low speed, and beat until combined. (You may need to work the dough with your hands to incorporate the last bit of flour, since it gets really thick!)

Divide the dough in thirds, form each third into a round ball, and wrap each third in plastic. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.

When you're ready to bake the cookies, heat oven to 350°F.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit out at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.  Then place a dough third on a large piece of lightly floured surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough evenly until it is 1/8-inch thick.  Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into your desired shapes. (If you're using red hots for "buttons", press the candy pieces in the center of each cookie at this point.)  Transfer to parchment-covered baking sheets.

Bake until crisp but not darkened, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Let sit a few minutes and then use a metal spatula to transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate as desired.

To Make The Simple Icing:

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.  If your icing is too thin, add in a little more powdered sugar.  If your icing is too thick, add in a tiny bit of milk.

Use a piping bag, or a ziplock bag (with the corner snipped off), or a plastic squeeze bottle to pipe the icing onto the cookies.

Recipe slightly adapted from Simply Recipes http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/gingerbread_man_cookies/

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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