Classic soft and chewy gingerbread cookies, perfect for gifting and decorating. A must make holiday treat!

Photos updated December 2015

Gingerbread cookies have always been one of my absolute favorite holiday treats to make, and eat! They’re a classic must make cookie, perfect for enjoying as is or decorating! No cookie platter is complete without a batch of soft and chewy gingerbread cookies. Prefer them crispy? Bake a little longer! This recipe is super easy to adjust to your personal preferences. Grab your favorite holiday cookie cutters and get baking! 

Below is the original post from November 2010. The pictures were in dire need of updating. What I find funny about this post is that I made mini cookies, by hand – no cutters involved. That isn’t something I would ever consider doing now. Cookie cutters make life so much easier. I’ve linked to two different cookie cutter sets below that are perfect for making mini cookies – whether you want them plain or with stamped decorations, as you see in the updated images.

Happy baking!

Originally posted November 2010:
Gingerbread cookies are like the Christmas season sugar cookie to me. The special cookie that gets a lot of focus this time of year. They’re dipped, decorated, used in crafts of all kinds and of course eaten. Who doesn’t love gingerbread cookies? They’re light while still having wonderful flavor. I’ve yet to make a gingerbread house or use gingerbread cookies in a craft but I do have plans to, even if it isn’t this year.

Last week when I made gingerbread cupcakes I decided I wanted to top them off with mini gingerbread man cookies. I knew it’d be cute if the cookies turned out. The first task was to find an image of a gingerbread man and size it how I wanted, then print and cut out. Easier said than done. I did this because I don’t own any mini Christmas cookie cutters. After the fact, I did come across a Wilton kid that included a mini gingerbread man. It figures right? So if you want to recreate those cupcakes or just make mini gingerbread man cookies in general, do pick up that box of mini cookie cutters. It’ll save you so much time and hassle. I made two sizes of gingerbread man cookies, both of which are smaller than a key. Picture proof to show just how crazy I was, cutting each out by hand. Thankfully I only did a few of each size.

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Gingerbread Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Classic soft and chewy gingerbread cookies, perfect for gifting and decorating. A must make holiday treat!


  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 C molasses
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder**
  • 3 C all purpose flour



  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in egg and molasses, followed by spices, salt and baking powder. Scrap bowl as needed. Add flour in small batches, mixing and increasing speed as needed until dough comes together and no streaks remain. 
  • Divide dough in half. Shape into discs and wrap well in plastic. Chill for several hours or overnight. 
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. 
  • Generously flour a silicone counter mat or work station. Place one disc on flour, dust well with flour and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with desired cookie cutters. *Add different sized cookies to separate trays for proper baking; mini cookies to one tray and larger to another.
  • Freeze tray with cookies for 10-15 minutes.
  • Bake mini cookies for 7-8 minutes, larger cookies for 12-14 minutes. Allow cookies to rest for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Decorate cookies as desired. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 


*The amount of cookies made from this dough will vary greatly depending on the size of the cookie cutters used.
**Omit baking powder if you don't want the dough to spread or puff up at all.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most accurate data, use your preferred nutrition calculator with the actual ingredients you used to make this recipe.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Christmas, Cookie, Gingerbread

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