Classic, Traditional Gingerbread Cookies

Traditional Gingerbread Cookies Recipe - SavvyMom
cute gingerbread cookies.

There’s no better way to dive into the holiday season than with a fresh batch of traditional gingerbread cookies served with a cold glass of milk. And these classic holiday cookies serve as the perfect edible gift and decorating them is a perfect holiday activity.

So basically, traditional gingerbread cookies are perfect in every way. And this recipe is perfectly easy, even if your cookies look more “nailed it” than award-winning.


3 dozen cookies

Recipe: Traditional Gingerbread Cookies

You’ll Need

  • ¼ cup margarine or butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup dark molasses
  • ⅓ cup cold water
  • 3½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • Smooth vanilla frosting (optional)
  • 2½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Prep and Cook

  • Beat margarine, sugar, molasses, and water with electric mixer or by hand until smooth.
    In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, salt, and cloves.
  • Add flour mixture to molasses mixture, stirring by hand just until soft dough forms.
  • Divide dough in half, shape each piece into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • On a lightly floured surface or between 2 pieces of wax paper, roll out one disk about 1/8" thick.
    Cut out cookies using 5" gingerbread man cookie cutter.
  • Place 1" apart on baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
    Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until set. (Bake a few minutes longer for crispier cookies).
  • Transfer to rack to cool.
    Repeat with remaining disk, re-rolling scraps once to get as many cookies as possible.
    When cookies are completely cool, decorate with smooth vanilla frosting, if using.


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