Gingerbread Cookie Recipe for the Holidays + 8 Other Cookie Recipes

Is everyone feeling the Christmas spirit this year? With two weeks left until Christmas, we are feeling more and more in the Christmas spirit by the day! We are so excited to celebrate Noah’s first Christmas and start new traditions together as a family. This year we will certainly be leaving cookies out for Santa! If you need cookie recipe ideas for this year, then today’s post is just for you! I’m teaming up with my friend Laura for her Fifth Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange! I participated for the first time last year and made Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies, so I’m excited to share a new recipe with you this year… Gingerbread Cookies!

Baking cookies is something Nick and I look forward to every single year! It’s a fun winter activity that always puts us in the Christmas spirit. Last year the Rudolph Peanut Butter cookies were so fun to make and I’m happy to report that the Gingerbread cookies were really easy to make this year. Read on for the recipe and to see photos of the finished cookies!

gingerbread cookie recipe

gingerbread cookie recipe

you will need…

1 cup of butter, softened
1 cup of brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup molasses (not blackstrap)
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tbs ground cinammon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 ground nutmeg

gingerbread cookie recipe


  1. Combine the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer on medium until combined. Add the egg, molasses, vinegar & vanilla extract and continue to mix on medium until fully combined.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients and spices until well combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on low until combined into a soft cookie dough.
  4. Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least three hours. We let our cookie dough chill overnight. If you do this, allow it to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes prior to rolling it. 
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  6. Once dough is room temperature divide the dough in half and roll each half to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
  7. Cut the cookies in desired shape and place them on a lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart. If you are doing different shapes, place similarly shaped cookies on same baking sheet.
  8. Place in the oven and bake.
    • note: large gingerbread men take 12-14 minutes, medium sized cookies take 8-10 minutes & smaller cookies take 6-8 minutes to bake.
  9. Once baked, let the cookies cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
  10. Decorate cookies & have fun!
    • I admit, decorating cookies is *not* my strong suit. I attempted to make a thick powdered sugar icing and… it wasn’t pretty haha! I guess I have a few years to improve on this before Noah wants to start decorating 🙂

for more Christmas Cookie recipes…

There are eight other cookie recipes in our virtual exchange! You can head to Morgan’s blog to see the recipe for her orange chocolate cream cookies! Each blogger is sharing a different recipe, so make sure to follow the loop to see all cookie recipes!

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  1. Laura Leigh wrote:

    these are so cute! I love the classic look you gave them with the three simple buttons. adorable gal!

    xo Laura Leigh

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  2. Jessica Camerata wrote:

    I LOVE a gingerbread cookie and not sure why I’ve never tried to make them before. Might be making these over the weekend!

    xo Jessica
    an indigo day

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  3. Shelby Back wrote:

    These are too darn cute!! I love a good gingerbread cookie!


    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  4. Angela Darnell wrote:

    You can’t go wrong with gingerbread but I’ve never actually made them. Glad to have these recipe handy!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  5. I have actually never had gingerbread cookies. These look cute though.


    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  6. Kari Bliss wrote:

    Oh my goodness, I need to make these! I love gingerbread cookies and yours are absolutely darling and look delish!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  7. legalleeblondeblog wrote:

    Oh I love how you’re all linking up to share cookie recipes! I need to check all of them out now so I can do some baking this weekend!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  8. Sydney wrote:

    I just made gingerbread cookies too! They’re a holiday classic!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  9. Mary Margaret wrote:

    A classic! Looks so great with the simple decorations, too!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  10. Mary Margaret wrote:

    These are a classic! Love the simple decorations, too!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  11. Jessica Noe wrote:

    I love anything gingerbread! <3

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  12. Elizabeth wrote:

    Yum! Love the classics!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  13. Sydney wrote:

    How adorable are these cookies😋

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  14. Michelle L wrote:

    Nothing smells more like the holidays than gingerbread cookies!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  15. Ashley Trinidad wrote:

    These are so cute! Loving them!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  16. Riley Egan wrote:

    These are too cute! I’m definitely going to have to go check out your Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies too!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  17. Ryanne wrote:

    These are so cute!!!

    Posted 12.11.20 Reply
  18. Hannah wrote:

    Classic and yummy!

    Posted 12.12.20 Reply
  19. Susan Christy wrote:

    I do a lot of holiday baking yet I’ve never made gingerbread men. I think it’s the decorating that’s holding me back – I’m no good at anything artistic!

    Posted 12.12.20 Reply
  20. Amanda wrote:

    these are adorable!! I love their little buttons

    Posted 12.12.20 Reply
  21. Stephanie wrote:

    Oooh! I have to admit that I’m SUPER behind when it comes to Christmas baking. My mom has been doing tons of it so I love visiting her and getting childhood favorites. I do have plans to make some yummy snacks this coming week though. Now I wanna try these gingerbread cookies!

    Posted 12.13.20 Reply
  22. Debbie wrote:

    These are so cute. I like that they look great without fancy decorations. Thanks!

    Posted 12.13.20 Reply
  23. Rach wrote:

    Oo I’ll have to try out your recipes! I have one that I use, but always love trying out new ways!

    Posted 12.13.20 Reply
  24. You can’t go wrong with gingerbread cookies this time of year. So yummy!

    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
  25. Bring on all the holiday treats….literally my favorite part of the season, and these look so good! xoxo Sarah

    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
  26. Lizzie wrote:

    You totally read my mind! I was actually just looking for a good gingerbread recipe 🙂


    Posted 12.14.20 Reply
  27. Alex wrote:

    YUM!! Bookmarking this to have for this year and future holidays. Holiday perfect! Hope y’all are so well. Xo

    Alex |

    Posted 12.16.20 Reply

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