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Buttery Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

The perfectly decorated, delicious gingerbread cookies to make your holiday season special!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack, Holiday Recipe
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread man, gingerbread, gingerbread cookies
Appliance: oven
Servings: 45 cookies
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 2 tsp orange zest (optional)
  • icing, sprinkles, toppings (as per your choice)

An easy-to-make icing recipe


  • To make gingerbread cookies, first, combine powdered ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl and whisk vigorously till they are consistently and properly mixed. 
  • Beat the unsalted butter and sugar together for two minutes in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat the mixture on medium speed until it becomes fluffy and light. Once it's done, gradually reduce the speed of the mixer and add the flour mixture to it. Continue mixing it on low speed till it's properly combined. 
  • Once the dough is prepared, divide it into two parts and form them each into balls. Thereafter gently flatten the balls using your hands into a 1-inch thick disk. Use plastic to wrap the disks and refrigerate it overnight. You can even refrigerate it for 2 hours if you prefer to keep it for a shorter duration. 
  • Once the dough is properly chilled, set up the oven for baking. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Now, take the dough out of the plastic and place it on a large, lightly-floured hard surface. Roll the dough evenly using a floured rolling pin. Continue to roll the dough until it is nearly 1/8-inch thick. Use your cookie cutter to carve out your desired shapes. You can re-roll the dough as and when you need to cut out more. Once done, transfer the cutouts to the baking sheets covered with parchment sheets. 
  • Allow the cookies to bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or till they become crisp around the edges and on top. Remove the cookie-batch from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes, before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Once the cookies have cooled, decorate them with the desired icing or toppings. To make the icing, combine milk, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the ingredients until the mixture becomes smooth. If you feel the icing is too thin, you can add more powdered sugar. On the contrary, if you find it too thick, add milk to it to get the consistency as per your choice. You can use a plastic squeeze bottle or a piping bag to apply the icing on the cookies. 
  • Once done, you can store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days. You can serve them with fresh sliced peaches.  You can also serve them with hot coffee or cinnamon tea.  


If you want the cookies to be crispy, roll the dough thin and bake them for a little longer than required. Of course, ensure that they don't end up getting burnt.