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The Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

A soft gingerbread cookie recipe that is perfect for decorating! These festive cookies are packed with flavor and won't disappoint!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy gingerbread recipe, gingerbread cookie recipe, gingerbread icing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 32 cookies
Calories 211kcal
Author Alli

Ingredients

For the Gingerbread Cookies

  • 4 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspooon maple extract

For the Icing

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

For the Gingerbread Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. 
  • Sift together dry ingredients.
  • Cream butter and brown sugar together until well incorporated, about 1 minute. 
  • Add egg and molasses, mix until well combined. 
  • Add the orange zest, maple extract, and vanilla extract. Mix. 
  • Add dry ingredients, mix until combined. The texture of the dough should be firm and very slightly sticky. Add more flour if needed. 
  • Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick, or your desired thickness. Cut out into desired shapes. 
  • Place on lined cookie sheet, leaving 1/2-1 inch between cookies. Place sheet tray with cut-out cookies in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. 
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes, until the edges and the tops are set. 
  • Let cool on the sheet tray 5 minutes. Remove from sheet tray and cool completely before icing. 

For the Icing

  • Combine powdered sugar, vanilla and half of the milk. 
  • Gradually drizzle in the milk while mixing until the icing is soft but not runny. A peak should slowly fall back onto itself when a whisk is pulled out. 

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 201mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.4mg