Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies
Claire Cohen
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Refrigeration: 60 mins
  • Yield: 12-16 cookies (serves 3-4)

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.


  • 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

Steps 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 F.

  6. Roll dough out to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Use cookie cutters to make gingerbread people.

  7. Bake 8 to10 minutes.

  8. Let cool and decorate.

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.