Soft Gingerbread Cookies

soft gingerbread cookie recipe

One of our Christmas traditions, making gingerbread men.  Last year, my boys had fun placing soldier men in the dough. This year they really got into the whole process.  My little guy who just turned 3 was really into making the perfect shaped gingerbread man.  It was really cute.

gingerbread cookies

I really like this version of Gingerbread cookies because they still have that ginger flavor but are they are not hard.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Cream room temperature butter and add brown sugar. Continue to beat until fluffy.

Add egg and molasses.

Then add in flour, baking soda, all the spices, and salt.

Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

For round gingerbread cookies: Roll the dough into small balls and dip the tops into sugar. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with butter. Place balls of dough at least 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 min or until firm.

For gingerbread men cookies:

1. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.  Using your cookie cutters make your shapes and space them out on the cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 min or until firm.  The longer you leave them in the harder they will get.

Let them cool before icing.

Icing Recipe

3 tbl Corn syrup

3/4 cps Powdered sugar

1 tbl milk

1. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Add more powdered sugar if you need if to be stiffer.  I made mine pretty stiff.

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2 Responses to “Soft Gingerbread Cookies”

  1. December 16, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    I made these yesterday, very good!

    • Inspired by Family Mag
      December 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

      Jo, Glad they turned out for you!

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