Gingerbread Cookies

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

Minutes

Total Time

3:15

Hrs:Mins

Makes

About 2 1/2 dozen 2 1/2-inch cookies

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.
Makes About 2 1/2 dozen 2 1/2-inch cookies
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Planned-Overs
Versatile gingerbread! Did you know that a few crumbled unfrosted gingerbread cookies make an excellent thickener for pot roast gravy?
Simplify
Using a container of Betty Crocker® frosting can save you a few precious moments during the busy holiday season.
Substitution
Rise to the occasion! If using self-rising flour, there is no need to add baking soda and salt.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Cookie)
  • Calories 270
    • (Calories from Fat 25),
  • Total Fat 3g
    • (Saturated Fat 1g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 135mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 58g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 32g),
  • Protein 3g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    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.