Gingerbread Cookies

The Season of Gingerbread Cookies has arrived.

While Christmas is not our thing, spending quality time together and making delicious treats is. We spent a day perfecting our cookie recipe, so you can also bring these delicious Gingerbread Cookies into your home as well.

Cutting Gingerbread Cookie Dough
Adding flour to Gingerbread Dough Mix

Easy Gingerbread Cookies

Recipe by Mackinzie Ross
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Rest Time

2

hours 

Savor the perfect blend of textures in our gingerbread cookies—crunchy outside, soft and gooey inside. Each bite delivers a festive symphony of warm spices and molasses, creating a delightful treat for cookie enthusiasts.

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups Flour and more for dusting

  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature

  • 1 Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar

  • 4 Teaspoons Ground Ginger

  • 4 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Clove

  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt

  • 2 Large Eggs

  • 1 Cup Unsulfured Molasses

  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Extract

  • Decoration Ingredients
  • Royal Icing

  • Currents

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, when ready to bake
  • In a large bowl, sift through flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside to use later
    - 6 Cups Flour, 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda, and 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • In a mixing bowl for an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until mixed and light and fluffy.
    - 2 Sticks Butter, and 1 Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar

    Stir the spices and salt into the butter mixture. Once combined, add eggs, molasses, and maple extract and mix well.
    - 2 Eggs, 1 Cup Molasses, 1 Tablespoon Maple Extract
  • Slowly add 1/2 cup of flour to the butter mixture at a time, increase speed on your machine as needed. Beat each flour scoop until well combined.
  • Divide the dough into thirds, wrap each piece in plastic, and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
    - If you are low on time, flash freeze for 10 min, flip the dough in the freezer, and leave for another 10 minutes.
  • Line Baking sheet with Silpat baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside until ready to bake.

  • Cutting Directions
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into gingerbread or any other shape you desire and place on silpat or parchment paper.
  • If you are using currants, press them gently into the gingerbread before baking.
  • Bake cookies until crisp but not dark—around 10-15 minutes. Add 5 minutes extra for crispier or darker edges.
  • Transfer to wire rack. Let cool completely before decorating.
  • Decorate cookies with Royal Icing—See recipe in notes section.

Notes

  • Royal Icing Recipe
  • Use a floured spatula or pie cutter to move around the cutout cookies.
  • Don't roll the cookies too thin, or they will crack

Easy Royal Icing Recipe

We decorated our cookies with royal icing, this is the time to let your child shine, if you are baking with them. Sprinkles, Icing, Currants, no matter what you are using allow yourself to have fun and make a few mistakes.

The best part about Royal Icing is that it is easy to wipe off and start over if you do not love your decoration outcome.

Gingerbread Cookie dough
Gingerbread Cookie Dough Cutouts
cut Gingerbread Cookies on silpat
Gingerbread Cookies on wire rack

Items you will need to bake gingerbread cookies

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Stand mixer

Strainer

Spatula

Baking sheet

Silpat or Parchment Paper

Wire rack for cooling

Spatula

Frequently Asked Questions About Gingerbread Cookies

What makes gingerbread cookies unique?

  • Gingerbread cookies are distinct for their blend of warm spices, including ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, giving them a rich and festive flavor.

How do I achieve the perfect crunchy exterior and gooey interior?

  • Achieving the ideal texture involves precise baking times. Bake slightly longer for a crunchy outside, and ensure the dough is well-mixed for a soft and gooey inside.

Can I customize the spices in gingerbread cookies?

  • Absolutely! Adjust the spice levels based on personal preference. Some enjoy a stronger ginger kick, while others prefer a milder flavor profile.

Any tips for decorating gingerbread cookies?

  • Use royal icing for intricate designs and ensure the cookies are completely cooled before decorating. Experiment with colored icing, sprinkles, and edible decorations for a festive touch.

How do I store gingerbread cookies to keep them fresh?

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, freeze the cookies, ensuring they are well-sealed to maintain their texture and flavor.

Can I make gingerbread cookies in advance for the holidays?

  • Absolutely! Gingerbread cookie dough can be prepared in advance and refrigerated or frozen. This allows for convenient baking closer to your desired date.

Are there any gluten-free or vegan gingerbread cookie alternatives?

  • Yes, there are various recipes catering to dietary preferences. Explore gluten-free flours or plant-based alternatives to suit your needs without compromising on flavor.

What beverages pair well with gingerbread cookies?

  • Classic choices include hot cocoa, spiced tea, or even a glass of cold milk. For adults over 21, consider pairing with a warm, seasonal beverage or a spiced cocktail.

How can I prevent gingerbread cookie dough from spreading too much during baking?

  • Chilling the dough before baking is crucial. This helps maintain the shape and prevents excessive spreading, ensuring a well-defined and delicious gingerbread cookie.

Can I make gingerbread cookies without molasses?

  • While molasses contributes to the characteristic flavor, you can substitute it with honey, maple syrup, or a combination of brown sugar and a bit of water for a different yet tasty result.

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