My go-to Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas is knocking at our door, and you should not skip having this easy and quick to make Christmas gingerbread cookies on your table. They are soft and chewy and go perfect with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee.

This is the go-to recipe that I use every year because it is so easy and fast to make, and I am not losing time with chilling the dough or being afraid that the cookies will spread. If you have small children you will thank me for this recipe and fully understand why I love it so much.

Also, it is so much fun to do it with your little ones from the beginning until the end as you don’t have to take any breaks to wait for the chilling. And they will love love love to decorate them with you.

My go-to Christmas Gingerbread cookies recipe tips:

  • Christmas Gingerbread cookies can last fresh for about 7-10 days at room temperature and up to 3 weeks if stored in air-tight containers.
  • Try not to overmix your cookie dough when bringing it together as the outcome will be some tough cookies.
  • So you don’t have to roll your dough too many times and add extra flour to it, resulting in a tough cookie, try to plan how you cut the cookies so you optimize the surface of the dough as much as possible.

How to decorate Christmas Gingerbread cookies:

  1. I love to decorate mine with powder sugar icing. The recipe is very easy, and only has 3 ingredients: 350gr powder sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla essence, and 70ml water. Mix everything until you have the right consistency. If it’s too thick you can add little water to it, and if it’s too soft add some more powder sugar.
  2. Just dust them with powder sugar.
  3. There are so many kinds of sprinkles out there that you can add to the cookies, just see what is available in your local supermarket and choose what you like.

My go-to Christmas Gingerbread cookie equipment:

  • Cookie cutters that you love.
  • Rolling pin
  • Mixer, stand, or hand mixer
  • If you decide to decorate them with icing, you will need a pastry bag, and if you want them to be perfect you will also need some decorating tips.

My Go-to Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Soft, chewy and easy to make christmas gingerbread cookies!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Keyword: christmas, cookies, gingerbread
Servings: 20 cookies


  • mixer
  • cookie cutter
  • roll pin


  • 250-300 gr flour
  • 113 gr butter room temperature
  • 150 gr brown sugar
  • 55 ml molasses or honey
  • 1 big egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp clove
  • 1/2 tsp cardamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven at 170 degrees.
  • Line the tray with baking paper.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together.
  • Add the egg and molasses/honey and mix well.
  • Mix the spices and the salt in.
  • Add flour 1 cup at a time. Add just enough to be able to roll out the dough and cut the shapes.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll out cookies to about 1/4" thick.
  • Bake them at 170 degrees for 7-10 minutes.
  • Let them cool completely before starting to decorate them

My Go-to Christmas Gingerbread Cookies Q&A:

The dough is to soft. How can I save the recipe?

This is very simple, add flour. But just a little at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl.

2. My dough is to though. How to save it ?

This can happen if you used to much flour or if your egg was to small. What canyou do is to whisk an egg in a separate ball and mix it little by little in the dry dough untill everything comes together.

3. How long can I keep the cookies ?

The cookies can last fresh for about 7-10 days at room temperature and up to 3 weeks if stored in air-tight containers.



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