Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies

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Classic old fashioned gingerbread cookies. Get out your cookie cutters and make this classic Christmas treat! You can cut them into gingerbread men or use any other fun shape.

You can’t catch me, I’m a gingerbread man! Kids love making gingerbread men at Christmas. They’re cute, delicious, and fun to decorate. It’s a cross between a craft and a dessert! It makes for a fun afternoon activity for the kids. These cookies are soft and delicious, but still hold their shape, making them perfect for decorating.

Chilling the dough will re-solidify the fat in the recipe, making the dough easier to work with. Chilling the dough is an important step so that it can be easily rolled out and cut into shapes.

What kind of icing should I use for the decoration?

You can use store-bought decorating icing to decorate gingerbread cookies sold in tubes or pouches.Another option is homebrew meringue icing Dye it any color you like. You want to make sure you are using icing sugar and not icing sugar as they are two different things. Detailed decorations are best done with icing. Be careful when handling the icing as it dries out quickly.

molasses substitute

Molasses, also known as dark molasses, is a dark, syrupy liquid that is a by-product of refining sugar cane. No molasses? A molasses substitute can be made using a 1:1 ratio of honey and brown sugar, or a 1:1 ratio of dark corn syrup and maple syrup. This recipe calls for 1/3 cup of molasses. For a molasses substitute, you can use 5 tbsp honey + 5 tbsp brown sugar, or you can use 5 tbsp dark corn syrup + 5 tbsp maple syrup.

Gingerbread man cookies stand up.

Storage Instructions:

Store your cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Go far beyond that and they become stale.

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Decorative gingerbread cookies on a white countertop.

Classic old fashioned gingerbread cookies. Get out your cookie cutters and make this classic Christmas treat! You can cut them into gingerbread men or use any other fun shape.

Preparation time 1 Hour 35 minute

cooking time 12 minute

total time 1 Hour 47 minute

raw material

  • 6 tablespoon salted butter soften
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1/3 cup black molasses
  • 1 big Egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour


  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the molasses, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, baking soda, and salt and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides if necessary. Add flour until fully combined.

  • Remove dough from bowl and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Use a gingerbread man cookie cutter (or other shape) to cut out cookies. Place cut cookies 1 to 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Reroll dough as needed to cut out cookies, until dough disappears.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.

  • Cool on the pan for 2 minutes, then remove and let cool on a wire rack. Let cool completely (about 30 minutes) before decorating.


You also need:

  • 1 gingerbread man cookie cutter (or other shape)
  • Royal icing, for decoration

Serve: 1cookies | Calories: 167kcal | carbohydrate: 25G | protein: 2G | fat: 6G | Saturated fat: 3G | cholesterol: 28mg | sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 167mg | sugar: 11G | Vitamin A: 195unit | calcium: 31mg | iron: 1.4mg