Gingerbread Cookies

Easy gingerbread cookies recipe

The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Refrigeration: 60 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings

These gingerbread cookies are as delicious to eat as they are fun to make. Don't be surprised if your kids like these more than regular sugar cookies—it's probably because the gingerbread people seem to have a bit of personality. Use whatever decorations you have on hand. Red and green striped white chocolate chips, for example, make terrific buttons for these gingerbread men.


  • For the Cookies:
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly-packed)
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups​ all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • For the Decorations:
  • Gel icing
  • M&Ms or striped white chocolate chips

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for gingerbread cookies
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  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.

    Beat the butter
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  3. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla. Beat well.

    Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla
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  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

    Sift together flour, baking soda
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  5. Stir into the wet ingredients until well-incorporated (you can do this with your hands).

    Stir wet ingredients
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  6. Separate the dough into three pieces. Form into logs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

    Separate the dough
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  7. When ready to bake, remove dough from oven and preheat oven to 350 F.

  8. Roll dough out to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Use cookie cutters to make gingerbread people. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.

    Roll dough out
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  9. Let cool and decorate.

    Let cool
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