Our Best Gingerbread Cookie Cut Out Recipe

By on 12/16/2011 10:05:00 AM

Do you love gingerbread cookies? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.  Sometimes gingerbread cookies are too spicy and sometimes they are just too crunchy.  It's not easy to find a well spiced gingerbread cookie dough that can be turned into cut out cookies without the cookies turning into shaped ginger snaps.  After some trial and error,  I think we have our new gingerbread cookie recipe for cut outs.  The ginger isn't overpowering, and if not allowed to overbake, the cookies turn out a great deal softer than many rolled and cut, gingerbread cookie recipes.

Ingredients for Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies
  • 3 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 c. Granulated Sugar
  • 1 c. Molasses, unsulphured
  • 2/3 c. Shortening
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter, softened
  • 1 large Egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • Extra Flour to stiffen dough, coat work space and to add to rolling pin and cookie cutters
  • Cookie Cutters:  Gingerbread men, trees, snowmen, stockings, etc. all make really cute decorative gingerbread cookies
  • Decorations:  Colored sprinkles, powdered sugar frosting, gold sugar, silver sugar, decorative candies 
Instructions For Making Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies 
  1. Make gingerbread cookie dough. Combine dry ingredients, except the sugar, into a medium size mixing bowl.  Mix thoroughly to combine.  Add shortening, butter, molasses, the egg and sugar to a large mixing bowl and mix together until all ingredients are combined.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly until the flour mixture is incorporated
  2. Make sure that the dough is a kneading consistency.  If the dough is too stiff or crumbly--add a milk by the teaspoonfull until dough is easy to work with.  Alternatively, if dough is too soft, add flour by the tablespoon until the dough reaches a good texture for handling.
  3. Divide the gingerbread dough and chill.  Divide the dough in half, wrap each half in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 to 3 hours. Prepare oven and cookie sheet.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with a strip of parchment paper.
  4. Roll out gingerbread dough and cut into desired shapes.  Sprinkle flour over your work space, rub flour on your rolling pin and hands to prevent dough from sticking.  Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.  Dip shaped cookie cutters into flour and cut out the shapes from the dough.  Use a thin, floured spatula to lift cookies from the workspace and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Bake, Cool, Decorate and Serve.  Bake 10-14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.  Let cool pletely and frost and decorate as desired.  Our girls enjoy pressing sprinkles into the wet powdered sugar frosting "glue" to decorate trees and snowflakes.
The girls and I are making our first gingerbread house this year--we are planning to use a kit for at least a house and a tree--but, we'll probably be using our own gingerbread as well if time allows! 

What are you building with gingerbread this year?

Happy Holidays!!

About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.


  1. This sounds wonderful I love a good gingerbread cookie!
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  2. yum...we love gingerbread cookies in this house...and making a gingerbread house it a fun tadition too..have fun!

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