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Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Every time I make these wonderful cookies, the spicy aroma takes me back to my childhood. I helped Mom make them and delivered them to neighbors. —Kara Cook, Elk Ridge, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding mix
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Combine the flour, pudding mixes, ginger, baking powder and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired. Yield: about 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 194 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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shawnba User ID: 2581969 241268
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"I pulled this recipe last year, and didn't make it. I made it this year, and I was surprised at how good these were. Nice and moist, with an easy to work with dough. Even my daughter who hates butterscotch liked these cookies. We will make these every year"

lkblevins User ID: 2048555 239230
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"Do you have to cook the pudding on top of the stove or just add the mix straight from the box?"

[email protected] User ID: 1672743 218898
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"These turned out very good"

calahair User ID: 8180483 215767
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"I was wondering how butterscotch and ginger would mix, but it turned out a very nice flavor.

I also worried about the stickiness of the dough because of other reviews, but I let the dough chill as directed and just laid plenty of flour out to roll it on--it was fine! Don't be afraid to lay down that flour as needed! After using about half the dough, it warmed up, so I returned it to the fridge to cool off again while I baked some other cookies. Again, used plenty of flour for rolling. It worked great.
I recommend not rolling too thin. The thicker cookies tasted better and didn't crisp too much. I also thought the ones cooked on a stone came out better than the ones cooked on a metal pan. Hope that helps!
Kid tested and approved--he said they were "amazing.""

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 215319
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"These were good. Nice spin on traditional gingerbread cookies."

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 64755
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"I really like the flavor of these cookies. Traditional cut out cookies often lack flavor, but that's not a problem with this recipe."

molinasmom User ID: 82272 56616
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"These sound good! I read this tip which might help: "Roll the dough out on parchment paper, cut out, lift unused dough from around the cookies and transfer to cookie sheet on the parchment paper. Don't used wax paper, it will burn.""

kb2cow User ID: 5988443 74313
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"Pretty good. I liked the taste."

wifeb1 User ID: 7546190 206595
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"I followed this recipe to a "t", refrigerated the dough for over an hour but when I rolled it out on a more than "lightly" floured surface, I could not get the cutouts to lift off for anything. Started over adding more flour before rolling out and no better, even tried freezing the dough for bit.... very frustrating! Ended up just throwing the whole thing away... too bad because they sounded so good!!!"

ckornegay User ID: 6669937 74257
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"These are great and you can always find cook and serve pudding on"

linrey User ID: 4468038 146329
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"I just KNOW that I'd love these, but cook-and-serve puddings are almost extinct where I live. Our main grocery store is Safeway, and I don't think ours has ANY of the cooked varieties. Anyone have tips on other sources for the pudding? - Linda in Silicon Valley"

cbunnums User ID: 1211071 125225
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"My daughter chose this as her first try at cutout cookies and a first attempt at gingerbread for us both. The dough was easy to work with, easy to cutout and kept a pretty good shape when baking. They taste very good and most important, they stay nice and soft!! Friends enjoyed them too. They made next year's list for our Christmas cookie bake-a-thon!"

i_like_pie User ID: 1201160 125221
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"easy and delicious, family loved them!"

Chalaryb User ID: 6998100 140123
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"I made this as a drop cookie and it turned out rich in flavor, soft, and absolutely perfect! I only had to bake them closer to 15 minutes because the dough was very thick. I will def make these again."

Suzie Citizen User ID: 7012382 125219
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Used melted white chocolate chips for "icing" and dusted very lightly with powdered sugar. Beautiful! Great alternative to sugar cookies for cut-out cookie recipe."

chinado11 User ID: 5744978 91146
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"I made these last year but put buttercream frostin between and made them like a cookie sandwich. They were a big hit. I'm making them again this Christmas to give to friends."

7sophie14 User ID: 6995159 139962
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"These were good cookies. I think I like the traditional taste, though. These are great and everyone liked them. Give them a try."

sadiecb1 User ID: 2043418 56613
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"These have become the best cookies I have ever mad or eaten"

gwashington1961 User ID: 6420190 116521
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"Took to a cookie swap. It was a big hit! easy to decorate."

randolph5 User ID: 4267963 140058
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"My son loved these cookies! So did Santa. :)"

California Mary User ID: 5715661 61859
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"I really liked the strong ginger taste, but I think next time I'll reduce the ginger as it was too strong for some people. I didn't refrigerate the dough or roll it out. I simply used a tablespoon measuring spoon and rolled the dough into balls. They came out soft and fluffy. A great "ball" cookie."

jaceyd User ID: 3228833 151528
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"These cookies are fantastic! We've eaten the whole batch and now need to make more before Christmas :) We baked exactly as the directions stated, no changes...but I agree not to refrig longer than an hour. Highly recommend"

panda1967 User ID: 5614669 139899
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"Now a part of my favorite cookies! Don't refrigerate longer than 1 hr......use flour while rolling to prevent sticking, but easy to work with and soft tasty cookie!! Am going to try different pudding mixes for different flavors, by the way, this recipe made 46 3-inch gingerbread men. And they all came out perfect!"

ne1410us User ID: 833026 64754
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"i had to search a while for the cook and serve butterscotch pudding. I skipped the refridgeration part and rolled and pressed with sugared glass bottom like pnut butter cookies. Next time i will add the nutmeg for more depth."

jlwhetzel User ID: 2146797 140057
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"Great tasting cookies, but SUPER sticky dough. Refrigerated overnight and still unable to roll out. Wondering why..."

kkluv2cook User ID: 4619123 56608
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"These are the best cookies EVER!!!!!"

seablue02 User ID: 3510726 151527
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"This was really good. I will most definitly make these again. Tor those with very stiff dough, I never had that problem. Make sure you are using large or extra large eggs. The size of the eggs can make a world of difference in how your cookie dough turns out. I also added an extra tsp of ginger and cinnnmaon. Also, I did not refridgerate the dough, I used my small ice scream scooper with the release lever. So I dropped the dough rather than rolling it out. I then iced them with a Vanilla Butter Frosting. Super good."

nilouve User ID: 5114810 61858
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Like some of the other reviews, I found the dough to be a little stiff but I got around that by skipping the refrigeration step. They werequicker to make this way and they are indeed soooo good! A keeper for sure."

alainaw30 User ID: 4290307 60362
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"I can't believe any of the dough made it to the oven. I didn't find these hard to manage at five-year old daughter was able to handle the dough just fine.


JessBallard User ID: 2643694 61850
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"I am not sure why there is a negative review, but these cookies taste even better than they look. I am asked for the recipe every time I make them and the kids request them every year. It has become a part of our annual Christmas baking weekend."

gonellya2 User ID: 1321365 146328
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"after cooling the dough for 2 hours it was very unmanageble and i couldn't cut the snow flakes out, would not make again."

Wick_Of_Twizt User ID: 3495802 60360
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"The flavor of these is amazingly good. I just made them this morning. The smell from the oven was incredible. The dough was very stiff and I began wondering if I had done something wrong. Nope! They turned out soft, flavorful and I had to hide them for people to stay out of them until the party Thursday :)"

craftylisa User ID: 4709502 61847
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"The dough is sticky and hard to use a cookie cutter. I had to roll in balls and flatten with fork."

DebAnderson1 User ID: 3621962 140045
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"Awesome and easy to make! I also added some nutmeg. They stay slightly soft. Great!!!"

cjvarner User ID: 4433595 58384
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"This is the best cut-out cookie recipe I have tried. My family and friends love this recipe. I will definitely be making this cookie every holiday season to come."

opiria User ID: 4690276 91145
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"this was easy, fun, and tasty."

Coupon_Queen User ID: 4384242 125455
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"These were so delicious! Chewy and soft. I only used 2 tsp. of ginger as I do not like too strong of a ginger flavor. I made an icing from 2 tbsp. butter, 1 1/2 c. confectioner's sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 tbsp. milk. I may try them again using cheesecake flavored pudding mix!"

knitwit84 User ID: 4480114 140034
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"This is one of the best cookie recipes! easy, healthy, and everyone enjoys them!"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 64753
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"This recipe is awesome and tastes so good, my family has asked for it many many times. I will be making it many more times and will be keeping the recipe."

klibbey User ID: 2049219 151526
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"First - any homemade cookie is great

Second - let these age a day and the flavor will be better
Third - they are really sweet"

Tania G User ID: 4635776 151523
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"I recently baked a batch of these wonderful cookies and gave out as samples. They stayed soft and very delicious.My customers loved the samples and wanted more. I would recommend this recipe to anyone who isn't a big fan of gingerbread - like myself - because it would change your mind and get you hooked. Very pleased with recipe !"

l2bake User ID: 2030987 91109
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008

"I love these cookies! The kitchen smells wonderful has they are baking! I took these into work to share and they where gone almost immediately - they all loved them!"

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