Best Ever Gingerbread Recipe!
Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: Holiday
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This recipe is great for making gingerbread men and all sorts of other holiday themed shapes! The resulting cooking is a firm to crunchy cutout, perfect for decorating! Decorate with Royal icing, sprinkles, and candies :)
  • ½ cup butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2½ cups flour
  • Royal icing to decorate
  1. Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium for about 30 seconds, then add sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat until combined, then add in molasses, egg and vinegar as well. Beat in as much of the flour you can (I'm able to get it all in with my Kitchenaid, but couldn't when I used a hand mixer), then stir the rest in by hand. Divide dough into half and and chill for at least 3 hours - usually bake the next day.
  2. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper and set aside. Lightly flour your counter (I use a Pampered Chef silicone baking mat) and roll out half of the dough to ¼ - ⅛ inch thickness. Use your favourite holiday shaped cookie cutters and then place about an inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 375° oven for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned. It really depends on how thick you rolled them and how big the shapes are -- I watch the first batch like a hawk and then time the rest accordingly. Cool on a wire rack, and decorate with Royal Icing
Recipe by Learning Mama at