Favorite Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

The sweet aroma and taste of the season

When I was in Louisville, Kentucky recently I saw a set of Ninjabread cookie cutters and I am still kicking myself for not picking them up. I feel a Google search coming on!

What you need:

Family Christmas Cookie RecipesCookies:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup light molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Combine butter, brown sugar, molasses in a large bowl and beat at low speed until fluffy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and continue to beat at low speed until well mixed.
  3. Form a ball and refrigerate covered for four hours.

Preheat oven to 350° and grease a large cookie sheet.

  1. Sprinkle flour on a clean, flat surface and roll out one half of dough to ¼” thick.
  2. With cookie cutters, cut out cookies and place them one inch apart on cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely and repeat with remaining dough.


  • 5 cups icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 egg whites
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Raisins and candies (optional)
  • Icing bag and/or paintbrush
  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl and beat at low speed until just mixed, then turned blender to high and beat until stiff.
  2. If you like, divide icing into separate bowls and add food coloring.
  3. Decorate gingerbread cookies using an icing bag or paintbrush, and add details with raisins or candies.

About The Author

Mandy Webster
Mandy Webster is a writer at Ganz and the author of the middle grade Young Marian series, including A Viper in the Forest and Echoes in the Cavern. She’s also an artist and graphic designer whose work has been featured in InStyle, Redbook and Style at Home. A mother of three, Mandy has worked as an advertising copywriter as well as contributing to publications such as Playback, Strategy and Canada On Location.

12 Responses to Favorite Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

  1. daniel says:

    I liked the gingerbread house it looks very cool I love Christmas.

  2. nonoka says:

    This is cool!

  3. C889K says:

    I am going to make a video about it on my YouTube!!! I will make a video response! Go webkinz!!!

  4. Sparkles says:

    It looks delicious, I might make one!

  5. spacedoll says:

    So cute! My ginger bread men always look lopsided!

  6. rowan says:

    You can get the ninjabread cookie cutters at Target. Merry Christmas!

  7. sim says:

    very cute!!!!!!

  8. wolf15102 says:

    I have Santa claus cookie cutters :P MUAHAHAHA!!!! Even though my little sis keeps bending them D:

  9. william101 says:

    those look great, i should make those

  10. Jenny17 says:

    OMG i just want to eat those ginger bread cookies!