Easy Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Refrigeration: 60 mins
  • Servings: 28 to 36 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
92 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 28 to 36
Amount per serving
Calories 92
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 84mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 32mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

One of the secrets that makes this easy, soft gingerbread cookie recipe so tender is rolling the dough thick, between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch. The other is not to overbake them. Overbaking will cause them to become too crisp.

It's also important to store the cookies properly. Add a piece of white bread to the cookie tin to keep your gingerbread cookies soft and fresh for up to one week.

For a more nutritious, fiber-rich version of these cookies, use white whole-wheat flour. White whole-wheat flour has the same nutritional profile as regular whole-wheat flour, but it bakes up a bit more like all-purpose flour and yields a more tender cookie.

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  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark, firmly packed)
  • 1/2 cup molasses (recommended: unsulphured blackstrap)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or white whole-wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Steps to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir in the brown sugar and molasses until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is well combined. Remove from heat.

  2. Let the mixture cool 5 minutes, then transfer to a large mixing bowl. Beat in the egg.

  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice.

  4. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula (not an electric mixer) until you can't see any flour anymore. The dry ingredients should be well incorporated but do not overmix or the gingerbread cookies will be tough.

  5. Divide the gingerbread cookie dough in half. Form each half into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to four days.

  6. When ready to bake, remove one disk of gingerbread cookie dough at a time from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.

  7. Heat the oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with Silpat mats or parchment paper.

  8. Place a little flour on the Silpat mats or parchment paper (alternatively, flour a board generously). Unwrap the dough, and place the plastic wrap on top of the dough as a buffer to keep the rolling pin from sticking to the dough.

  9. Roll the gingerbread cookie dough to a thickness of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Cut into desired shapes. Arrange the gingerbread cookies on the baking sheets, so that they are 1 inch apart. Repeat with remaining disk of dough.

  10. Bake the gingerbread cookies 7 to 4 minutes or until just firm to the touch. The cooking time will depend on how thick you rolled the cookies.

  11. Remove the cookies from the oven, wait 2 minutes, and, using a flat spatula, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

  12. Decorate with royal icing, colored sugars, sprinkles, or candy canes. Store for up to one week in a covered container with an optional slice of white bread to retain the moisture in the cookies.