Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
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Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

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When your friends reach into a tin of these old-fashioned cookies, they're sure to think Grandma baked them! Our Test Kitchen staff came up with this lighter recipe for crunchy gingerbread cookies with lovely icing accents.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch
MAKES:78 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 78 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • Assorted paste food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 81 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.


  1. In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses, egg and vinegar. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle (dough will be sticky).
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with 4 in. cookie cutters dipped in flour. Using a floured spatula, place cookies 1 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 5-6 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For icing, combine confectioners' sugar and milk in bowl. Spread over cooled cookies; let dry completely. If desired, combine paste food coloring and a few drops of water; using a fine brush or the blunt end of a wooden skewer, decorate cookies. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Gingerbread Cookies in Light & Tasty December/January 2003, p5

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alibrown53 222128
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"This is my grandchildren's favorite ... they want them all year lon"

krystanko 53171
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"This recipe never fails, so long as you have a good this dough rolled out. Thick turns out terrible. Very soft and excellent cookie, but the frosting doesn't do it for me. I use my own frosting recipe for this one"

cookinmama3 112628
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2009

"These cookies look so good, and they ARE good! A great recipe for kids to pitch in, too. (:"

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