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Classic Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Holiday Cookie Recipe
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookies, gingerbread, gingerbread cookie, holiday cookies, oreo cookie
Servings: 20 cookies


  • 3 cups all purpose flour sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon zest finely grated


  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well combined.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.
  • Next, add the molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until well combined.
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients, 1/2 cup at a time, until totally combined.
  • Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic. Allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare your baking sheets by lining with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
  • Place one portion of dough on a lightly floured surface (I use my countertops). Lightly flour the dough ball, as well as your rolling pin. Roll the dough out evenly until 1/4-inch thick. Use additional flour as needed to avoid sticking. Cut out your cookies with your favorite cookie cutters- I prefer snowflakes because they're fun to decorate.
  • Place the cookies onto your prepared cookie sheet, spaced with at least 1" in between. Bake the cookies for 7-9 minutes... the lower the bake time equals softer cookies. I like to take the cookies out BEFORE they begin to crack on top.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to rest on the sheet until they are firm enough to move to a wire cooling rack.
  • Once the cookies are cool, decorate them however you'd like with your favorite royal icing recipe!