Christmas Gingerbread Cookies – Standard Recipe

Gingerbread cookies have a long and interesting history dating back to the Middle Ages in Europe. Gingerbread was originally made with honey, spices, and breadcrumbs, and was used as a medicinal treat to help alleviate various ailments. Over time, gingerbread evolved into a sweeter and more flavorful dessert, and it eventually became a popular treat during the holiday season.

The earliest known gingerbread cookies were made in the 16th century in Germany, where they were shaped into elaborate and intricate designs and used as decorations. These cookies were often made with expensive spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and were considered a luxury item.

Gingerbread cookies became even more popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the Industrial Revolution made it easier to produce large quantities of the cookies and the rise of the middle class meant that more people could afford to buy them. The famous fairytale “Hansel and Gretel” also popularized gingerbread cookies, as the story tells of two children who come across a gingerbread house in the forest.

Today, gingerbread cookies are enjoyed around the world during the holiday season. They are often made in the shape of gingerbread men, houses, and other festive shapes, and are decorated with icing, sprinkles, and other festive toppings. Despite their long history, gingerbread cookies remain a beloved holiday treat that is enjoyed by people of all ages.

Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies (Standard)

Standard Christmas Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Chill time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • Baking sheet/pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie cutter (optional)


  • 3.5 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground cinnamon
  • 0.5 Teaspoon Ground cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking soda
  • 0.5 Teaspoon Salt
  • 10 Tablespoon 2/3rd cup Unsalted butter
  • 0.75 Cup Light brown sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Molasses
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract


  • Start by whisking together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the molasses, egg, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  • Divide the dough into two equal pieces, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Once the dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use cookie cutters to cut out the desired shapes and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until they are firm and slightly golden around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.


You can decorate the cooled cookies with icing, sprinkles, or other desired toppings. Enjoy your gingerbread cookies with a glass of milk or a cup of hot cocoa for a festive holiday treat.
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