These cookies are warm and delicious on a cold winter's day. Cut them into any shape to fit your holiday celebrations.

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together the molasses, brown sugar, water and butter until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon, stir them into the wet mixture until all of the dry is absorbed. Cover the dough and chill for at least 3 hours.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out into desired shapes. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

75 calories; 0.8 g total fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 43 mg sodium. 15.8 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2006
I've been looking for a soft puffy gingerbread recipe for years. I bake a lot and try pretty much every gingerbread recipe I can find. This was pretty good but didn't stay soft once it cooled. It did puff up when it was in the oven but flattened again before it finished baking. It tasted really good and it kept it's shape really well so it's definitely a good recipe just not the best. By the way this is much easier to work with if you roll the dough between two sheets of wax paper loosen the paper on both sides and then cut out with cutters. This way you don't need excess flour which can toughen the dough. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2004
I'm not the most experienced baker but most things I try for the first time come out good. I followed this recipe to the exact detail and the dough was terribly hard to roll out. It crumbled apart the more you tried. My husband suggested adding a little water but I didn't want to ruin the recipe...so I put a chunk of the dough on my board sprinkled a tiny bit of water rolled it out and then cut a heart cookie. I baked that one to test it and while the taste itself wasn't bad the texture was weird. I chilled the rest of the dough overnight thinking maybe the minimum 3 hours wasn't long enough tried again this morning and ran into even more difficulty. Granted this was my first attempt at making gingerbread cookies but I probably would have had better luck just following the recipe on the bottle of molasses! Sorry to be critical but that was my experience. I should have read more of the reviews before putting the time and effort into this since the majority seemed to run into the same problems I did. Read More
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234 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 112
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 18
  • 1 star values: 47
Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2006
I've been looking for a soft puffy gingerbread recipe for years. I bake a lot and try pretty much every gingerbread recipe I can find. This was pretty good but didn't stay soft once it cooled. It did puff up when it was in the oven but flattened again before it finished baking. It tasted really good and it kept it's shape really well so it's definitely a good recipe just not the best. By the way this is much easier to work with if you roll the dough between two sheets of wax paper loosen the paper on both sides and then cut out with cutters. This way you don't need excess flour which can toughen the dough. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2006
I've been looking for a soft puffy gingerbread recipe for years. I bake a lot and try pretty much every gingerbread recipe I can find. This was pretty good but didn't stay soft once it cooled. It did puff up when it was in the oven but flattened again before it finished baking. It tasted really good and it kept it's shape really well so it's definitely a good recipe just not the best. By the way this is much easier to work with if you roll the dough between two sheets of wax paper loosen the paper on both sides and then cut out with cutters. This way you don't need excess flour which can toughen the dough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2005
I don't know WHAT any of the negative reviews could possibly be about!!! I found this recipe on here about years ago and have made them EVERY year since. EVERYONE I bring them too loves them. They are not as "harsh" as a typical gingerbread cookie... softer in texture and milder in taste. Yes the dough can be a bit hard to roll out but it is WAY worth it for the YUMMIEST gingerbread cookie I've ever had!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2004
I'm not the most experienced baker but most things I try for the first time come out good. I followed this recipe to the exact detail and the dough was terribly hard to roll out. It crumbled apart the more you tried. My husband suggested adding a little water but I didn't want to ruin the recipe...so I put a chunk of the dough on my board sprinkled a tiny bit of water rolled it out and then cut a heart cookie. I baked that one to test it and while the taste itself wasn't bad the texture was weird. I chilled the rest of the dough overnight thinking maybe the minimum 3 hours wasn't long enough tried again this morning and ran into even more difficulty. Granted this was my first attempt at making gingerbread cookies but I probably would have had better luck just following the recipe on the bottle of molasses! Sorry to be critical but that was my experience. I should have read more of the reviews before putting the time and effort into this since the majority seemed to run into the same problems I did. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2005
Cookies were very good. This is a mild tasting gingerbread cookie. I had to throw the first batch of dough out because it was very dry and wouldn't come together so I cut the flour by 1/4 cup and mixed all the wet ingrediants first than added the dry instead of alternating like the recipe said. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2007
I thought these cookies were quick and easy! The flavor is mild gingerbread with a soft yet firm texture which made for easy decorating. I loved them and my kids loved them. We used the decorater's frosting made with butter milk vanilla and powdered sugar found here at allrecipes. That frosting is sweet enough to make the cookies perfect. I don't know why some people had a hard time working with the dough. I divided it in half and rolled it out using flour as needed. Quickly cut them out and baked them. Could not of been more simple. In a nutshell: If you need a quick easy yummy gingerbread cookie recipe this is it! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/08/2004
i'd rate this a zero if it was available. I followed your so called recipe to the letter not only was this dough dry but what cookies were able to make it to a cookie sheet were the dryest flatest tasting cookies i ever made. next time get your recipe items correct. i will be sure not to use any of your recipes again!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2003
This recipe is excellent. I did add grated orange peel and substituted honey for molasses to give it more of the Liebkuchen (German gingerbread taste) and it was excellent. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/01/2007
As many have noted these cookies are not very sweet at all. I wish I had read them beforehand but I was under a deadline so I just jumped in. These cookies are bland as sand with a texture about as good. Ended up throwing them all away. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2003
This was a really easy recipe. They turn out more 'cakie' than cookie like but delicious. I do not recommend making and decorating with small children... the cookies break really easy and they get upset... funny... kids! Read More
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