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Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Our two boys linger around the kitchen when these homemade gingerbread cookies are baking. I make this gingerbread cookie recipe throughout the year using a variety of cookie cutters. —Christy Thelan, Kellogg, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. 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 until easy to handle, about 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. 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.
  • Bake until edges are firm, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Tint some of the frosting red and some green; leave remaining frosting plain. Decorate cookies.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Make your life easier by rolling the dough directly on a piece of parchment dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Use the cookie cutter to create shapes and remove the excess dough. Then, slide the parchment onto the baking sheet and bake away!
  • View our tutorial on how to make gingerbread cookies.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 77 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • Sherry
      Jan 3, 2021

      We have made this recipe for the past three years and they get rave reviews from everyone. They have a great ginger taste. We make house and gingerbread people cookies as gifts every using this recipe. Always a hit!

    • JenniStout
      Jan 1, 2021

      Delicious! After making the dough I split it in fourths and once a week I got one out and made cookies! I enjoyed freshly baked gingerbread all December!!

    • Jenn
      Dec 21, 2020

      This recipe was exactly what I was looking for. Easy to make and they taste great! I’m not sure what happened with the people who had the cookies spread or their dough was crumbly. I did not have either of those issues. I will definitely use this recipe again!

    • Jane
      Dec 15, 2020

      I've made cutout cookies for many years and was horrified when these spread out and lost their shape. How can these be called cutout cookies, unless indistinguishable blobs are what you're going for. Never again.

    • Joan
      Dec 15, 2020

      Instead of scooping flour, Spoon all purpose flour into the measuring cup & level with back of knife... or convert and weigh ingredients. Too much flour will make dough dry.

    • Jellybug
      Nov 29, 2020

      I love this recipe, easy to prepare, especially when making it with a 5year old. I did add a teaspoon of my homemade vanilla, because I add vanilla to almost everything sweet I bake. They tasted delicious and my granddaughter loved decorating them.

    • Brooke
      Nov 2, 2020

      This recipe is absolutely amazing. It was so easy to follow and the gingerbread turned out so soft and delicious.

    • thebigapple
      Dec 26, 2019

      Excellent recipe and received many compliments. The only thing I did differently was add a teaspoon of vanilla extract since I noticed that many gingerbread cookie recipes had it as an ingredient.

    • Elizabeth
      Dec 24, 2019

      IT’s Christmas Eve and we made these cookies last night and my daughters wanted them again this morning for breakfast. Great recipe!!! If it tends to be a little dry just add a tablespoon or less of water. We’ve tried a lot of Gingerbread cookie recipes, this is by far the easiest and the best!

    • Jraineri123
      Dec 23, 2019

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