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This fun Gingerbread Cookie recipe was passed onto me by my sister in law Mary and they are so fabulous. They are soft, and chewy with the perfect balance of spices.
The dough is easy to roll out and cut into shapes. Make sure your lightly flour your counter so the dough doesn’t stick to it. 

They are so fun to make with kids! 

Hope you get a chance to try them this season! 

Gingerbread Cookies

Serves: 60 cookies
Nutrition facts: NA calories NA fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 1/3 C shortening
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 C dark molasses
  • 2/3 C cold water
  • 6 C flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t allspice
  • 1 t ginger
  • 1 t cloves
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • Glaze:
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 2 T soft butter
  • 6-8 T milk
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • dash salt
  • red hots (optional)


1. Combine shortening, brown sugar and molasses together in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
2. Add the cold water and mix.
3. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture and mix.
5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
6. Roll out the dough on a floured surface, until it's about 1/2 inch thick.
7. Cut out the dough with cookie cutters.
8. Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes. Take them out of the oven when they are just a bit underdone. Let them finish cooking on the hot cookie sheet for about 2 more minutes. This will help them stay soft!
9. Make the glaze by beating all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.  Be sure the cookies have cooled before you put the glaze on. Decorate the cookies as desired.
Merry Christmas!

Recipe from my sister in law, Mary Ehrhart

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  1. You got me ready to bake:) The hubs picked up some mini gingerbread cookies at Target last night! But these looook waaaaayyyyy better:)

    1. I bring the kid to all sorts of things when I can, but I toltlay understand and agree that this sort of event wouldn’t be one of them. Besides the constant refrain of “Can we go now?” which would prevent any real participation on my part, even if they had a designated play/care area, I’d be distracted, wanting to periodically (constantly) check on the kid. Picking a holiday for this event is probably an attempt to “help”, but the alternative of having to take off work to see it if it had been scheduled during the work week isn’t great, either. Hmmm…

  2. Hi Jamie!

    Looks like you are quite the baker as well as cook. We just launched a cookbook contest at Foodista and I think you should enter- you've got a great blog and a great chance to win!

    Melissa Peterman
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