This Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe is tailor-made for Christmas cut-out cookies! Perfect for all holiday gatherings and for gift-giving. And they make a fun decorating activity for kids!
I have a confession to make: we make these chewy gingerbread cookies every single year. Every single year, I take photographs of them and share them on social media. And every single year, I neglect to post them on this blog.
🌟 What makes these cookies so special?
At long last, I am finally posting my Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe. The kids and I have made a LOT of gingerbread cookies over the years. A. LOT. Here's why this recipe has won out over all the other ones:
- They're super EASY to make.
- They're great to make and decorate with kids.
- These cookies are deliciously soft and chewy.
- This recipe makes about 48 cookies, so it's great for holiday parties and to give the cookies as gifts.
- All the ingredients are easy to find; you may have them in your pantry already.
🧈 Ingredient notes
- Brown sugar - This recipe has brown sugar, in addition to granulated white sugar, which makes the cookies soft and chewy.
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Ground cinnamon - to give it a warm, holiday flavor.
- Ground cloves - another traditional Christmastime ingredient.
- Ground ginger - just a couple of teaspoons to infuse these cookies with tasty ginger flavor
- Ground nutmeg
- Unsalted butter - softened to room temperature
✅ Step-by-step instructions
- Whisk together the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices - until well blended.
- In a stand mixer, combine softened butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, then add the molasses and egg and mix until combined.
- Incorporate the dry ingredients, then form the dough into a disc. Wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until it is approximately ¼" thick all around.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
- Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely before icing.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
It makes three to four dozen cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutters. Perfect for bringing to any holiday party!
I've found that these shapes are excellent to decorate: trees, gingerbread, people, snowflakes, stockings.
They will stay fresh at room temperature if stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days. You can refrigerate these for about a week, and you can freeze undecorated cookies for up to two months.
🍽 Serving ideas
These gingerbread cookies are perfect for any holiday table and cookie exchange!
If you're serving them as a Christmas dessert, try serving Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs and a Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread as appetizers. Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Bacon Sauce is a delicious and unexpected main course.
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Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices - until well blended. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer, cream together softened butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the molasses and egg and mix until combined.
- Add dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Form dough into a disc and wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- After chilling for an hour, remove chilled dough from the refrigerator and roll out onto a lightly floured surface. Continue rolling out until dough is approximately ¼" thick all around.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to cooking racks and cooling completely before icing with royal icing (see our recipe for royal icing).
- As with all cookie recipes, I recommend rotating pans halfway through baking for even baking.
- If your cookies start to get crunchy, store them in an airtight container at room temperature, and they should soften.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.