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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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Get out your cookie cutters, baking pans and lets have some fun making cookies! This holiday season enjoy my favorite Soft Gingerbread Cookies with a lovely aroma of spices and molasses. Decorate the cut-out cookies with your favorite icing, place them onto a festive plate and they will go quickly. Plus they are perfect for holiday gifts and cookie exchanges!

Soft Gingerbread Cookies on a green placemat with a Christmas Box and Christmas bird house behind them
Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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Start with gathering your ingredients. I like to verify we have molasses to avoid a special trip to the supermarket! When making my Christmas Figgy Pudding that exact situation happened! I went to the pantry and there was not any molasses! The last ingredient worthy of discussion is the bread flour for a soft and chewy cookie. 

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Let’s make our Soft Gingerbread Cookies dough. Using a mixer at low speed blend together the flour, sugar, spices, salt and baking soda. Stop the mixer and add the butter pieces mixing until dough is sandy and resembles fine meal. Gradually add molasses and milk blending until dough is evenly moist. Cover the bowl placing in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to chill the dough.

When ready to make the Soft Gingerbread Cookies, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Prepare a large cutting board and rolling pin with flour. Divide the cookie dough into small sections. Place one section on the cutting board returning the remaining dough to the refrigerator. Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness to cut out your gingerbread cookies. Carefully place on a cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Decorating Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Completely cool the Soft Gingerbread Cookies before icing. Decorate the cut-out cookies with your favorite icing, place before icing. I like to use Wilton’s Decorating Icing with their decorating tips to ice the cookies. This makes it quick to decorate them without making the icing. Plus I can seal the container for later use. Store the cookies in an airtight container and keep in a cool area.

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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Get out your cookie cutters, baking pans and lets have some fun making cookies! This holiday season enjoy my favorite Soft Gingerbread Cookies with a lovely aroma of spices and molasses. Decorate the cut-out cookies with your favorite icing, place them onto a festive plate and they will be a hit at any party.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Cookies, Desserts, Holidays
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Soft Gingerbread Cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Refrigerator overnight, optional: 12 hours
Servings: 24 cookies
cookies
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Bernice

Equipment

  • Cookie sheets
  • Cookie cooling rack
  • Parchment paper
  • Flour sifter
  • Mixing bowl and mixer (ie., stand up mixer or hand mixer)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Gingerbread cookie cutters
  • Board to rollout cookie dough

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 3 cups Bread Flour
  • ¾ cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cloves
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¾ tsp Baking Soda

Wet Ingredients

  • ¾ cup 6 ounces Unsalted Butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened slightly
  • ¾ cup Molasses
  • 2 tbsp Milk

Instructions

Oven Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line cookie pans with parchment paper.
  • Bake 6 to 10 minutes.

Cookie Preparation

  • Sift the flour and spices removing any lumps.
  • Using a mixer at low speed blend together the flour, sugar, spices, salt and baking soda.
  • Stop the mixer and add the butter pieces mixing until dough is sandy and resembles fine meal.
  • Gradually add molasses and milk blending until dough is evenly moist.
  • Cover the bowl placing in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to chill the dough.
  • When ready to make the Soft Gingerbread Cookies, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Prepare a large cutting board and rolling pin with flour.
  • Divide the cookie dough into small sections.
  • Place one section on the cutting board returning the remaining dough to the refrigerator.
  • Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness to cut out your gingerbread cookies.
  • Carefully place on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake 6 to 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
  • Completely cool cookies before icing.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container and keep in a cool area.

Recipe Notes

I like to use Wilton’s Decorating Icing with their decorating tips to ice the cookies. This makes it quick to decorate them without making the icing. Plus I can seal the container for later use.
Calories are approximate based upon cookie size and decorations.
Nutrition Facts
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (24 cookies)
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 145mg6%
Potassium 185mg5%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 177IU4%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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