Easy Gingerbread Cutouts Recipe
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Easy Gingerbread Cutouts Recipe

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"I rely on this tried-and-true recipe during the holidays," relates Sandy McKenzie of Braham, Minnesota. "The cream cheese frosting complements the cookies' gingery flavor and sets up nicely for easy packaging and stacking."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup canned cream cheese frosting, slightly warmed
  • Red-hot candies

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 302 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 302mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (29g sugars, trace fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a bowl, combine the cake mix, flour, eggs, oil, molasses and ginger until well blended. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with lightly floured 5-in. cookie cutters. Place 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 375° for 7-10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottom is lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate with cream cheese frosting as desired. Use red-hots for eyes, nose and buttons. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Easy Gingerbread Cutouts in Quick Cooking November/December 1999, p22

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"The taste is great but the dough is sooooo sticky it isn't even workable after adding a bunch of flour."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"I made this recipe with my 4 year old son who likes to help me cook. It was easy to make. He had a blast rolling out the dough and cutting out the figures. What I didn't expect was how good the cookies tasted. They were soft and chewy. This has become one of my favorite recipes that I'll definitely go back to."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"This is the best gingerbread cookie recipe ever!!! I made them over and over during the holidays. Everyone loved them!"

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"I have made 12 doz already this week! We modified it for the non-holiday season. I use a 1" cookie scoop and then flatten the cookies slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass. Bake for 5 minutes in a convection oven or until cookies start to "crack." We then use one dollop of milk chocolate frosting on top! Our local bakery is famous for their gingerbread boys with chocolate frosting. My sons say these taste even better!"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"So easy, seriously it can’t get any easier than this. Great flavor also."

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