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Easy Gingerbread Cookies

  • Author: Emily
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 36 Cookies 1x


The perfect recipe for cut out gingerbread cookies you plan to decorate or hang on a Christmas Tree, these easy Gingerbread Cookies bake up crisp, sturdy and perfectly formed- no blobby or deformed cut out shapes!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into chunks, softened but still cool
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • parchment paper


  1.  Heat your oven to 325 degrees F and move two oven racks to the upper and lower middle position.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking soda and salt. Add butter pieces and mix with a stand mixer or hand held mixer until butter is fully incorporated and mixture looks sandy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Running the mixer on low, slowly add the molasses and milk. Mix until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides and bottom as necessary. 
  4. Divide the dough into three equal parts and wrap two with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for later. Roll the remaining dough out onto a parchment-paper covered flat baking sheet to a thickness of about 1/4 to 1/8 inch. Press cookie cutouts into dough, leaving about 1/4 inch space between each one. Remove the dough from around the cutouts and set aside for later. Repeat the process with a second dough ball from the fridge. Place both sheets of cookies in oven (leaving them on the parchment paper) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until firm and slightly darkened. 
  5. While the first batches of cookies bake, remove the last dough ball from the fridge. Repeat preparing cookies to bake. When the first batch of cookies is done, pull the parchment paper and cookies off onto cooling racks. Carefully place the next batches of cookies onto the hot cookie sheets and into the oven to bake. When cooled serve plain or decorate with Royal Icing.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 cookies
  • Calories: 196
  • Sugar: 14.4 g
  • Sodium: 160 mg
  • Fat: 7.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.5 g
  • Protein: 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 18 mg