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Classic Gingerbread Cutout Cookies


Lightly spiced with crunchy edges and chewy centre, this is an easy recipe for delicious Classic Gingerbread Cutouts.


Cookie Dough

1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature

1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed

1/4 cup molasses

1 large egg

2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 tbsp. Gingerbread Spices (see recipe below)


3 tbsp. meringue powder

8 to 10 tbsp. warm water

4 cups icing sugar

Gingerbread Spices (makes enough for 5 batches of cookies)

2 tbsp. ground ginger

2 tbsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground cloves


1. In a large mixing bowl, or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter with brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

2. Add in molasses and egg and beat until well combined.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine gingerbread spices, all-purpose flour and baking soda. Stir well to combine.

4. Gradually add flour mixture to creamed butter mixture. 

5. Gather with hands and press into a ball. 

6. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

7. Using a very lightly flour rolling pin, on a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8" to 1/4" thickness. 

8. Cut out with desired shapes and bake in 350F oven for 8 to 10 minutes being careful not to overbrown the edges.

9. Ice cookies with Royal Icing.

Cookies may be store in covered container for up to five days.

Royal Icing

10. In bowl from stand mixer, combine meringue powder, icing sugar and water. Beat for 1 and 1/2 to 2 minutes.

11. If using food colouring/gel, divide icing and add colouring. (I prefer the gel colouring for red and green colours, however you can use the regular kind).

Gingerbread Spices

In a small mixing bowl, combine ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. Stir well to combine. Mixture can be kept in storage container for up to six months.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 184
  • Sugar: 28.9 g
  • Sodium: 18.1 mg
  • Fat: 3.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 14.3 mg

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