Gingerbread Cutout Cookies Recipe
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Gingerbread Cutout Cookies Recipe

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Our two boys linger around the kitchen when these aromatic cookies are baking. I make them throughout the year using a variety of cookie cutters. —Christy Thelan, Kellog, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vanilla frosting of your choice
  • Red and green paste food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 77 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Tint some of the frosting red and some green. Decorate cookies. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Gingerbread Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p84

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dollyken 244202
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"Great recipe. Not a lot of unusual ingredients and when followed, worked just fine. I would not roll dough too thin the next time I bake these. We like a softer cookie and I found some of mine got too crispy when rolled as thin as recipe calls for. Good tasting and dough was not too hard to work with."

Tammytoy 240217
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"This recipe is very easy. The dough was perfect and the flavor was great. My grandson and I made these cookies for the first time. Everybody loved them."

tjpb4 47309
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"oh so good nothing like the store bought variety of gingerbread. very esay to handle the dough and I kept sealed in a resealable bowl for almost a week before cooking - they never dried out for me"

mrs._white 85205
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"So easy to make! Had to add a little water when rolling, since dough became a little dry while chilling. I used small gingerbread boy/girl cookie cutters so it made a lot of cookies!"

mrsbarenie 87869
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"Had to add water to the dough - otherwise I couldn't roll it out because it just crumbled. Totally bland (reminiscent of cardboard) and needed a lot more sweetness! I would never eat these. On the plus side the cookies did have a nice chewy texture."

7sophie14 54211
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"Great taste, like the traditional ones I remember. I didn't have enough molasses, so used 1/4 c of honey. worked well. Next time I will add a little more water to keep dough from crumbling. All over, a great cookie. Really tasty."

kramerstacey15 126845
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"Very good. Easy to make. Make A LOT of cookies."

KLKL 46572
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"Simple Gingerbread cookie recipe & good.

Be sure to refridgerate dough for the 3-4 hrs."

seebs1977 67039
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"It says to refrigerate 4 hours or more...I kept it in the fridge for only 2 hours and still had great results. Great flavor and excellent consistency! Thank you for such a great recipe!"

annaf27 54510
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"This recipe makes GREAT gingerbread cookies! I did have to add some water during the mixing process, otherwise the mixture crumbles. The cookies were easily molded & then came out really moist & soft. Love them!"

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