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Iced Gingerbread Cookies

  • Author: Tara Smithson
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes
  • Yield: 20 gingerbread men cut outs 1x


These iced gingerbread cookies are so much fun to make and decorate. They are delicious with just a bit of spice from the ginger and most importantly they scream "Christmas."



For the cookies-

  • 1 stick salted butter, softened to room temperature (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses, unsulphured
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves

For the Frosting:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, softened to room temperature


1. Start by mixing together the dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves in a large bowl. Whisk and set aside

2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together the 1 stick of butter with white and brown sugars.

3. Add in the egg and molasses and mix until incorporated. Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture and mix just until the dough is mixed together.

4. Place the cookie dough on a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap it up well and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

5. Roll out the dough using a little bit of flour to avoid sticking. I like to use parchment paper under the dough as well. *If you want chewy cookies, leave them dough thicker at 1/2 inch. For crunchy cookies, 1/4 inch* Cut out the cookies. If the dough starts to get warm, place it back in the fridge and allow it to cool off again. When you ball up the dough for the second batch of cut outs, it may need to go back in the fridge for 20 minutes or so.

6. Preheat the oven to 350 and bake them for 8 to 10 minutes ~ 9 minutes worked great for me!

7. Allow them to cool while you prep the frosting.

8. For the frosting, into a stand mixer or using a hand mixer and large bowl, add the butter and beat. Then slowly beat in the powdered sugar. It will just be a powdery mess, so keep it on low. Add in the vanilla and slowly add the milk to the batch until you reach the perfect consistency.

Time to Decorate

Add the frosting into separate bowls and color each with different food coloring before adding each into a piping bag. 

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Fridge Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: dessert

Keywords: christmas cookies, gingerbread men, cookie recipes for christmas, cookie baking