BEST Gingerbread Cookies
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5 from 3 votes

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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, christmas cookies, cookies, dessert recipes, gingerbread, gingerbread cookies, holiday recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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!