Memories and Traditions: A Guide to Making Gingerbread Cookies

Oct 17, 2023 | Baking & Bread

Gingerbread Cookies

The Warmth of Memories: Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies have a special place in my heart. Every holiday season, the enticing aroma of warm spices and molasses fills my home, transporting me back to cherished childhood memories. The sweet and spicy flavors of these cookies have been part of festive celebrations for centuries, making them a beloved treat around the world.

Gingerbread Cookies Ingredients


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar, for dusting

Gingerbread Cookies Preparation


Step 1: Prepare the Dough

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, baking soda, ground cloves, and salt. Set aside.

Step 2: Cream the Butter and Sugar

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the unsalted butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. This can be done using an electric mixer or by hand using a wooden spoon.

Step 3: Add the Wet Ingredients

Add the egg, molasses, and vanilla extract to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Step 4: Gradually Add the Dry Ingredients

Sift the dry ingredient mixture into the butter-sugar-egg mixture. Stir until the dough comes together. If the dough feels too sticky, add a little more flour until it is easier to handle.

Step 5: Chill the Dough

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour. Chilling the dough allows the flavors to meld and makes it easier to roll out.

Step 6: Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 7: Roll and Cut the Cookies

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and carefully transfer them to the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each cookie.

Step 8: Bake to Perfection

Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until they are golden brown around the edges. Keep an eye on them as they can quickly go from golden to burnt.

Step 9: Cool and Decorate

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, you can decorate the cookies with icing sugar or leave them plain.

Variations and Tips:

  • Spiced Twist: Add a pinch of nutmeg or allspice to the dry ingredients for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Chewy Centers: For chewier cookies, reduce the baking time by a minute or two.
  • Try Different Shapes: Use a variety of cookie cutters to create different shapes and sizes of gingerbread cookies.
  • Glaze or Frosting: Instead of dusting with icing sugar, you can also glaze or frost the cookies with your favorite icing or frosting.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 fajitaServings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 400
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 650mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 8g
Protein 35g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 250%
Calcium 0% Iron 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

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