The BEST Classic Gingerbread Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Soft, chewy and slightly spiced, this is the BEST Gingerbread Cookie recipe ever. A tried and true favorite for years, this classic gingerbread cookie dough yields the perfect cookie every single time. Totally fool-proof!

Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookies, gingerbread, gingerbread cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 107 kcal
Author: Kellie
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
For the Frosting
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
Instructions
  1. In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the softened butter until light and fluffy.

  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. Add the sugar to the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer to low and mix in the molasses, egg and balsamic vinegar. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and continue mixing until thoroughly combined.
  4. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until the dough is easy to handle.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Divide the dough in half and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll each half of the dough to 1/4" thickness adding flour as needed, the dough is very sticky so use flour liberally to prevent your cutouts from sticking to the surface.
  7. Using cookie cutters, cut dough into shapes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment approximately 1" apart.
  8. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 5-6 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for one minute and move to a wire rack.
  9. To make the frosting: In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Whisk to combine. Spoon mixture into a pastry bag or zip top bag and snip off the tip. Add two small dots of icing where the eyes should be and then press one eye on each dot. Decorate the cookies and allow to dry for 2-4 hours or overnight.

  10. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
The BEST Classic Gingerbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 91mg3%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.