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Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Gingerbread Cookies: In a large bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices.

In the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses and beat until well combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of your bowl as needed. Gradually add the flour mixture beating until incorporated.

Divide the dough in half and then roll each half between two sheets of lightly floured parchment or wax paper until it is about 1/4 inch (.5 cm) thick. As you roll, periodically check the top and bottom sheets of parchment and smooth out any wrinkles. Place dough on a baking sheet (along with the parchment paper) and place in the refrigerator until firm (this will take at least two hours or overnight).

Once chilled, remove from refrigerator and peel off the top piece of parchment paper. Use a floured cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. With an offset spatula lift the cut out cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Place the baking sheet with the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator to chill while you preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Bake the cookies for about 10 - 14 minutes depending on the size of the cookies. Small ones will take about 8 - 10 minutes, larger cookies will take about 12-14 minutes. They are done when they are firm to the touch and the edges are just beginning to brown. 

Remove from the oven and place your baking sheet on a wire rack. Let the cookies cool for a couple of minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Glaze: Place the sifted confectioners sugar in a bowl. Stir in the corn syrup and about 3 tablespoons of the water. Check the consistency and add more water if needed to have the glaze at a spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring if using.

Using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, spread the glaze onto the cookies. Place on a wire rack and let the glaze dry. This may take several hours. Once the glaze has completely dried, the cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes about 20 - 5 inch Cookies.

Gingerbread Cookies:

3 cups (390 grams) all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) salt

3/4 teaspoon (3 grams) baking soda

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar

1 large egg, at room temperature

2/3 cup (160 ml) unsulphured molasses (To prevent the molasses from sticking to the measuring cup, first lightly oil or spray the cup with a non stick vegetable spray.)


2 cups (230 grams) confectioners sugar (powdered or icing), sifted

2 tablespoons light corn syrup (can also use liquid glucose or golden syrup)

about 3-4 tablespoons water

food coloring (optional)