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cookies shaped like gingerbread people and decorated

Gingerbread Cookies

These Gingerbread Cookies are a little bit soft and sweet and perfectly spiced. They are a family favorite and the ultimate Christmas treat!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Servings 36 Cookies
Author Rob



  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • ¼ cup water
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Decorations - candies, sprinkles, gum drops


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy.

  2. Add molasses and water and beat until well combined

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and additional dry ingredients

  4. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until well combined and scraping down the bowl after each addition

  5. Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic

  6. Place in refrigerator at least 2 hours up to overnight

  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  8. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat

  9. Remove from refrigerator and let warm up about 10 minutes

  10. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured surface

  11. Cut with cookie cutter and place on prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart

  12. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until set around the edges

  13. Remove and let cool slightly on baking sheet, then remove to wire rack to cool completely


  1. In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, corn syrup, clear vanilla extract (regular is fine, clear makes the icing really white) and 2 tablespoons milk.

  2. Whisk together, add more milk a little at a time if needed

  3. Fit a decorator icing bag with a small round tip and fill with icing

  4. Decorate as desired. Use candies, sprinkles, gum drops ect.