Classic Gingerbread Recipe

Classic Gingerbread Recipe

Prep Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Author Spaceships and Laser Beams


  • 1/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Royal Icing
  • candies for decorating


  • Cream butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add molasses and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in a medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture about 1/2 cup at a time, adding water in between. Mix until combined.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour, or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Roll dough out on a floured board to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Use cutters to cut out shapes.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then let cool completely on wire rack.
  • Decorate with royal icing and candies.