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Best Gingerbread Cookies

Easy gingerbread cookie recipes full of flavor and the perfect snap. Easy to make and great for decorating!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gingerbread cookie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies


  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup molasses use dark for stronger flavor, light for a lighter flavor
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 ½ 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 ½ at a time) on to a lightly floured surface until about ⅛ inch thick. Cut out.
  • Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 5 to 6 minutes or edges are slightly brown. Cool before icing or frosting.