Holiday Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

This rich gingerbread cutout cookies 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. Hey, why wait until Christmas? Make gingerbread cookies to match any time of the year.

Holiday Gingerbread Cut-out Cookies

A perfect seasonal treat for the cookie exchange or fun to decorate with kids.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 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!

“Run, Run as fast you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.”

Gingerbread House Pattern from the Norway House

If you are looking for a pattern for a house, the Norway House offers this one. They are also a great place to find Gingerbread House Ideas. Every year they offer Gingerbread Wonderland – an exhibit of community-made gingerbread houses – some are elaborate others are made by families or even kids.

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies - House Pattern courtesy of the Norway House

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

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  • 5 stars
    Gingerbread cookies is my favorite Christmas treat. But they don’t always come out perfect because I grease my baking paper. Thanks for pointing that out.

    Great recipe…Let me go and do it right.

    • We’re so glad you learned something new, Chinazor. My kids are loving those baking competition shows where the contestants are ordinary people. We’re learning so many new ideas. Even I am inspired to bake!

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