Holiday Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

This rich gingerbread recipe makes soft cut-out cookies that are perfect for the holiday cookie exchange. Kids love to decorate gingerbread “people” and use frosting and other edible bits to personalize their creations.

Holiday Gingerbread Cut-out Cookies

A perfect seasonal treat for the cookie exchange or fun to decorate with kids.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 5 dozen


  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg large
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • tsp baking soda
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • In a large bowl, cream brown sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses.
  • Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt, then gradually add to the creamed mixture. Mix all ingredients well.
  • Cover and refrigerate about 4 hours or overnight for best results.
  • Preheat oven to 350. Flour your surface lightly, then roll dough to desired thickness. Cut with your choice of cookie cutters and place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until edges are firm; 8-10 minutes. Cool cookies and decorate!

Want to Bake Cookies elsewhere to avoid the mess at home?: Where to Make Christmas Cookies in the Twin Cities

If you are looking for a pattern for a gingerbread house, the Norway House offers this one:

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies - House Pattern courtesy of the Norway House

Pattern courtesy of Norway House. Click here to learn more.

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