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Soft Gingerbread Cookies Recipe for Christmas

Easy Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Make these easy soft gingerbread cookies with your family this Christmas. Even a beginner baker can make them, and it's a great holiday tradition to start with your family.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Refrigeration Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 38 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 90 kcal


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • parchment paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Christmas Cookie Cutters
  • Baking Pan
  • Piping Bag


Gingerbread Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour extra for cookie cutting


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.
    Creamed Butter and Brown Sugar
  • Next mix in molasses, egg, vanilla, and milk with a wooden spoon, until well combined.
  • Then add in baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to the batter, mixing well.
    After Adding All of the Spices
  • Finally add in your flour, one third at a time, mixing your dough between additions, until you have a consistent sticky dough.
    Mixing the Flour
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    Soft Gingerbread Cookie Dough
  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Cut a sheet of parchment paper the same length as your baking pan, and flour the surface.
  • Next roll out your cookie dough on your floured parchment paper to a 1/4 inch thickness. Sprinkle some flour on your dough and your rolling pin to keep the dough from sticking to it. Do this in small batches to make it easier to roll out.
  • Use your cookie cutter to make gingerbread men 1-2 inches apart from one another from your rolled out cookie dough.
  • Then peel away the excess cookie dough around your gingerbread men.
    Cookie Cutting Magic
  • Repeat steps 8-10 until your sheet is filled.
  • Transfer your parchment paper to your baking pan and bake for 8-10 minutes.
    Baked Gingerbread Men
  • Repeat steps 7-12 until you’ve finished baking all your cookie dough into gingerbread men.
  • Allow cookies to completely cool before decorating.
  • In a small bowl, mix icing ingredients (milk and icing sugar) until well combined. Then pour icing into a piping bag.
  • When you’re ready to start decorating, cut a tiny hole at the tip of the piping bag, and start piping! Add small candies or sprinkles for more yummy decorations. Enjoy your soft gingerbread cookies!
    Soft Gingerbread Cookies Recipe for Christmas
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