Christmas Dessert Gingerbread Recipes

BEST Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

You are going to love our families BEST Gingerbread Cookie Recipe that actually stay soft, have an amazing flavor, and smell wonderful while they bake. I know you hear these are the best a lot, but I’m telling you these are truly, hands-down the best gingerbread cookies. I get requests for this recipe year after year because they actually stay soft and are so YUMMY!

Best Gingerbread Cookies! You are going to love our families BEST Gingerbread Cookie Recipe that actually stay soft, have an amazing flavor, and smell wonderful while they bake. I know you hear these are the best a lot, but I'm telling you these are truly, hands-down the best gingerbread cookies. I get requests for this recipe year after year because they actually stay soft and are so YUMMY!

BEST Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Let me share a family secret…. our BEST Gingerbread Cookies Recipe! These cookies come out soft and oh-so-yummy. They will make your whole house smell like Christmas too! Use this easy gingerbread man recipe for preschoolers to whip up a batch of Gingerbread Men to decorate to go along with reading the classic Gingerbread man story, give to neighbors, or enjoy while sitting around the Christmas tree watching your favorite Christmas movie as a family.
So put on some Christmas music, grab the kids (or grandkids) and let’s start some holiday baking and making memories together as you whip up these easy gingerbread cookie recipe.
mix brown sugar, butter, molasses, and water in a bowl

Best gingerbread cookies

Let me show you how to make our favorite Christmas cookie:
Start by mixing together brown sugar, softened butter, molasses, and cold water.
Stir in ginger, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, salt, baking soda, and flour
Stir in remaining ingredients: ginger, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, salt, baking soda, and flour.
refrigerate the dough 1 hour to make easier to handle. It will be a stiff dough
Refrigerate the dough 1 hour covered. You can skip this part, but it helps make the dough easier to shape.
roll out gingerbread men on a lightly floured surface

Best gingerbread recipe

Preheat oven to 350 F while you roll out gingerbread men on a lightly floured surface. The dough will be stiff, that’s normal.
put gingerbread cookie cut outs on greased cookie sheet
Put cut outs on lightly greased cookie sheet 2″ apart.
easy gingerbread cookies

Easy gingerbread cookie recipe

Bake 10-12 minutes. DON’T OVERBAKE or they wont be soft. Let them cool 1-2 minutes on cookie sheet and then move them to a cooling rack.
best gingerbread cookies recipe

Easy gingerbread cookies

Once cookies are cool enough to handle, decorate with frosting. Easy, right? These easy gingerbread cookie recipe for kids are a holiday tradition at our home!
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These are seriously the best Christmas cookies you’ll eat. They are quick & easy to make, not overly sweet, they are soft, they smell like Christmas, and they taste FANTASTIC! How did you decorate your best gingerbread men recipe.

These are my families favorite Christmas cookie!

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Gingerbread Worksheets

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BEST Gingerbread Cookies
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BEST Gingerbread Cookies

These are seriously the best Christmas cookies you'll eat. They are quick & easy to make, not overly sweet, they are soft, they smell like Christmas, and they taste FANTASTIC!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, christmas cookies, cookies, dessert recipes, gingerbread, gingerbread cookies, holiday recipes
Author: Beth Gorden


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour


  • Mix together brown sugar, butter, molasses, and cold water. Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover dough and put in refrigerate for about an hour. This is option, but will make it easier to handle. If you refrigerate it too long it gets stiff - don't throw it out just let it warm up and you roll it is and it will still taste just as delicious!
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Cut out with cookie cutters and place on greased cookie sheet at least 2" apart.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes (DON"T overbake!) Allow to cool 1-2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then move to cooling rack.
  • Decorate cooled cookies with your favorite icing to look like gingerbread men.
  • HINT: If you are using traditional red-hots for eyes, make sure you put them in the gingerbread men before baking. Personally, this is one of my favorite flavor combinations!

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - and


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