Gingerbread Cookies

This classic gingerbread cookie is one of our favorites. The combination of ginger, allspice, cloves and cinnamon makes a cookie that is as fragrant as it is delicious.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 15 min
  • Servings 30

Ingredients

Cookies

1
cup packed brown sugar
1/3
cup shortening
1 1/2
cups dark molasses
2/3
cup cold water
7
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons baking soda
2
teaspoons ground ginger
1
teaspoon ground allspice
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon ground cloves
1/2
teaspoon salt

Frosting and Decorations

4
cups powdered sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
4
to 5 tablespoons half-and-half
Food colors, if desired
Raisins or chocolate chips, if desired
Assorted candies, if desired
  • 1 In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, molasses and water with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheet lightly with shortening or spray with cooking spray. On floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut with floured gingerbread cutter or other shaped cutter. On cookie sheet, place cutouts about 2 inches apart.
  • 3 Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar, vanilla and half-and-half until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Add food colors as desired. Frost cookies; decorate with raisins, chocolate chips and candies.

Expert Tips

Versatile gingerbread! Did you know that a few crumbled unfrosted gingerbread cookies make an excellent thickener for pot roast gravy?

Using a container of Betty Crocker® frosting can save you a few precious moments during the busy holiday season.

Rise to the occasion! If using self-rising flour, there is no need to add baking soda and salt.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
135mg
135%;
Total Carbohydrate
58g
58%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
32g
32%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.