Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Baking By JennT Updated 20 Dec 2005 , 5:46am by crimsonhair

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JennT Posted 19 Dec 2005 , 5:03pm
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Does anyone have a really good & easy gingerbread cookie recipe? I need to madeabout 3 dozen tonight, but don't have a recipe. icon_rolleyes.gif

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Cakey Posted 19 Dec 2005 , 5:11pm
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I got this off of It's a spicy gingerbread cookie, but not too spicy or anything, just perfect as far as I was concerned. Everybody loved them. I rolled my dough out thinner than the 1/4 inch they recommend, though, because they were too doughy and undercooked no matter how long I left them in the oven! Once I got the thickness right, it was perfect. It's a great recipe. I cut them into gingerbread men and decorated them. I rolled the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper to prevent stickiness and having to over-flour the board.

Here's the link and the recipe.

1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mixture until smooth. Cover, and chill for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool.

Hope you like these!!

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Cakey Posted 19 Dec 2005 , 5:13pm
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One more thing: There is one warning on the recipe that says DO NOT use blackstrap molasses.

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blittle6 Posted 19 Dec 2005 , 5:14pm
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Hi JennT,

I found this recipe on another site and tried it. It was really good IMO! After I make the dough I roll it between 2 pieces of parchment paper and put it in the fridge to chill.



Gingerbread Cookies

2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground ginger
pinch salt
3/4 cup molasses
1 egg
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking pdr
1 tsp baking soda

Cream together first 6 ingredients. Add egg and mix. Add molasses and mix again.

Mix together flour, baking pdr and baking soda in a separate bowl. Sift. Add to the creamed mixture and stir until well blended. Chill 1 hr. Preheat oven to 375. Roll out dough approx 1/4" thickness. Cut with desired cookie cutters and transfer to greased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.

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JennT Posted 19 Dec 2005 , 5:16pm
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Oh quick!! Thanks a bunch! icon_biggrin.gif I'll let you know how they turn out. I'm making them for my son's kindergarten class as Christmas gifts...putting them in clear treat bags & attaching a tag with my business info on the back of it. Hope I can get them all done this afternoon/tonight!!?? icon_rolleyes.gif

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occakes Posted 19 Dec 2005 , 5:22pm
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Here's the one I use and everyone LOVES it!

mix together: 1/3 cup soft butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup molasses (I use the original flavor, not robust)
Stir in: 1/2 cup cold water
Sift together and add:
6 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
stir in: 2 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 3 tbs. cold water

chill dough. roll out to about 1/2" thickness. Cut into shapes. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake until, when touched lightly with your finger, no imprint is left...about 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

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blittle6 Posted 19 Dec 2005 , 5:28pm
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Now you guys know I'm gonna have to try the ones you are suggesting!! They sound delicious too!!


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crimsonhair Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 5:46am
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I have a recipe that I have been using for years and it doesn't have any eggs in it if anyone has alergies to eggs.. It is perfect for gingerbread houses and also for cookies.. It makes a nice crisp cookie and the dough is easy to work with.. Great if you have kids helping you as they can handle the dough alot and it still turns out great. I posted it in the recipes but here it is if you want to see it.

My Favourite Gingerbread Dough

Serves/Yields: makes one gingerbread house or a few dozen cookies
Prep. Time:
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Category: Egg-Free Cakes, Christmas Cakes
Difficulty: Easy

My Favourite Gingerbread
One year I made 18 gingerbread houses with my daycare kids.
This is perfect to use for gingerbread houses or decorated cookies.

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
4 1/2- 5 cups flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.

Melt butter, add sugar and molasses and stir until sugar disolves. Remove from heat and cool till lukewarm.. Place the 4 1/2 cups flour, spices, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Pour in warm butter -molasses mixture. Blend well using a large spoon and then kneading with hands until dough forms a balls. If dough is too soft add remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate then roll out and cut.
Bake @ 350 aprox 10-12 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.
If making a gingerbread house.. Trace your patterns onto the rolled gingerbread and cut out and bake till firm.. Immediately after pieces come out of oven place pattern on pieces and retrace with a sharp knife . All edges must be straight. . If dough gets too cold to trim set back in oven for a minute to soften till you have cut out all windows , doors etc. Store flat in a cool dry location till ready to assemble. {not fridge}

Assemble using royal icing as the glue. I usually make the pieces a few days before assembling them . After assembling wait a few days if you are getting the kids to decorate as this will ensure that they are strong enough for little hands to handle.

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