Soft Gingerbread Cookies are a holiday classic, known for their rich spices and irresistible soft texture. These cookies are perfect for festive occasions or enjoying with a warm cup of tea or coffee.


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Optional: Royal icing or white sugar for decoration


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the egg and molasses until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined and a soft dough forms.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and transfer them to the prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are set around the edges but still soft in the center.
  9. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, decorate the gingerbread cookies with royal icing or sprinkle them with white sugar, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 150-200
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Protein: 2g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 8-10 minutes
  • Additional Time: 1 hour for chilling


  • Serves: 24 cookies (depending on the size of the cutters)

Soft Gingerbread Cookies are a delightful treat, especially during the holiday season. Their warm spices and soft, chewy texture make them a favorite among both kids and adults. Enjoy decorating these cookies with family and friends for a festive and fun baking experience!

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