Kim's Gingerbread Cookies


This is the BEST recipe for gingerbread cookies I have ever tasted. It looks complicated, but isn't. I have used this recipe for many years and always get compliments on it.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
6 dozen


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly

  • 1 cup molasses

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon in a large bowl.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla until smooth and creamy, 3 to 4 minutes. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated. Divide dough into thirds; form each piece into a 1 1/2-inch-thich disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Working with one disk at a time, roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, switching racks halfway through. When the cookies are done, they will look dry, but still be soft to the touch. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on wire racks.

  5. Frost cooled cookies as desired.

    close up view of Gingerbread Cookies shaped as gingerbread men decorated with icing

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

90 Calories
3g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 90
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 85mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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