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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Classic soft gingerbread cookies are an old-fashioned holiday staple baked from scratch.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Soft Gingerbread Cookies, Soft Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 233kcal


  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar.
  • Add molasses, vanilla, and eggs; mix on medium-low until well combined, the mixture will appear a little separated.
  • Stir in baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
  • Gradually add flour; mix until just combined.
  • Use a cookie scoop to spoon large balls of dough onto the cookie sheet. Press down on the dough to flatten.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • Cool completely before frosting.


To make royal icing, in clean bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, add 2 tablespoons meringue powder and 4 cups powdered sugar. Slowly add 1/2 cup of water, a ¼ cup at a time, until a spreadable consistency. Turn on high for 10-20 seconds. I didn’t want mine to be like a flood icing. I kept it a little thicker so I could pipe on patterns and words. I used a #3 Wilton tip with a piping bag to decorate. 


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 384IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg