Gingerbread Cookies


These cookies are perfect for the holidays or anytime you want a taste of ginger and cinnamon.

Gingerbread Cookies in Animal Shapes on a Baking Rack with a Spatula and Flour Next to Them
Photo: Lucas Allen
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
36 medium cookies


  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the work surface

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup molasses

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, and salt.

  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Add the molasses and egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

  3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.

  4. On a floured surface, roll the dough to ¼ inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut into shapes; place on parchment-lined baking sheets.

  5. Bake until firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

  6. Place confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl; gradually whisk in 1 tablespoon water until a thick icing forms. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag and snip a small hole in one corner. Decorate cookies as desired and let set.

  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Serving Notes

Total time includes cooling time

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

164 Calories
5g Fat
28g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 164
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 57mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 2g

*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.

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