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Best Gingerbread Cookies

A basic, delicious recipe for Gingerbread Cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gingerbread cookie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup molasses use dark for stronger flavor, light for a lighter flavor
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour or until it's good to roll out


  • Beat shortening on medium speed for about 45 seconds, until light and fluffy.
  • Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Beat until combined.
  • Add molasses, egg, & vinegar. Beat until combined.
  • Add 2 cups of the flour and beat until combined.
  • Beat in the remainder, if you can. Otherwise stir it in.
  • Cover and chill the dough for at least 3 hours (you can leave it overnight, too!)
  • ----For basic cookies roll the dough into 2 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Press down gently (use the bottom of a cup covered in sugar, for a bonus!)
  • ----For cut-outs roll the dough (about 1/2 at a time) on to a lightly floured surface until about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out.
  • Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 5 to 6 minutes or edges are slightly brown. Cool before icing or frosting.