These cookies are so versatile! They are delicious, naturally low-fat, and even make terrific Christmas ornaments that keep for years. Royal Icing is best for decoration. CAUTION: These cookies have a way of disappearing!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
12 mins
additional:
18 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
36
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the molasses and eggs. Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger; beat into the molasses mixture. Gradually stir in the remaining flour by hand to form a stiff dough.

  • Divide dough into 2 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • In a medium bowl, sift together confectioners' sugar and cream of tartar. Blend in egg whites. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat for about 5 minutes, or until mixture is thick and stiff. Keep covered with a moist cloth until ready to frost cookies.

Nutrition Facts

153 calories; protein 2.1g 4% DV; carbohydrates 29.8g 10% DV; fat 3g 5% DV; cholesterol 17.1mg 6% DV; sodium 79.8mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2004
This was a great recipe but I have some tips for others wanting to make the recipe. The taste I thought was great but you could add more spices if you want to. (Just look at other gingerbread recipes to find out an average) Also some people were complaining about the crunchiness of the cookies. I noticed that too but then I stopped rolling the dough so thin and they came out nice gingery and somewhat soft and tasty! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2010
They weren't sweet enough for our tastes - and too crunchy. I didn't use icing though - that may have helped. Read More
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163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 88
  • 4 star values: 44
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2004
This was a great recipe but I have some tips for others wanting to make the recipe. The taste I thought was great but you could add more spices if you want to. (Just look at other gingerbread recipes to find out an average) Also some people were complaining about the crunchiness of the cookies. I noticed that too but then I stopped rolling the dough so thin and they came out nice gingery and somewhat soft and tasty! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2006
I made these cookies for Christmas this year. I found that rolling the dough 1/4" instead of 1/8" made the cookies softer and more fun to decorate. My daughter decorated the cookies, putting two together with an "I Love Mom & Dad" theme (as seen in the photo). I am not the best baker, an have minimal experience with rolling dough, but I learned three things from making this batch of cookies. 1. Put more than a thin layer of flour on the board before rolling the dough. My first attempt had the dough sticking to the board because I used a light dusting of flour. 2. Brush off the flour from the bottom of the cookies before eating them. They taste MUCH better that way. 3. I used the Reynolds Parchment Paper on the cookie sheet for the first time. I really like the results that I had. The cookies didn't stick to the sheet and it didn't allow over cooking the bottom of the cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2007
This made a beautiful gingerbread house! I used the template on this website and did the recipe exactly as it says to here. It made a gingerbread house and quite a few large gingerbread people. This was so easy and looks pretty.:) A note though: the frosting recipe is a good one but it must be used fresh. If you're making your house over several days time then just make enough of the frosting for that day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2008
This is a great recipe. I added more spice. 2 1/2 tsp ginger 2 tsp cloves 2 tsp cinnamon and i also added nutmeg for that extra kick. They are awesome. Soft and delicious. I will definatly be using this recipe for my gingerbread house. Oh and just so u know use Fancy Molasses for gingerbread. I didn't know that there are 5 types of molasses. I used cooking molasses for my first recipe and they turned out really dark and tasted too licorishy. Although cooking molasses is a mixture of fancy and blackstrap its way to strong for gingerbread but great for ginger snaps. Hope this helps. I used the royal icing recipe it turned out great. Ofcourse i added color to some and made them extra special. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2003
i had to add about a half cup more flour to the dough in order for it to be workable for the cutouts and the surface needed to be heavily floured. but once i figured that out the cut outs came out well and they cooked in about 6 minutes (contrary to the 8-10 minutes in the direcions). the icing was so easy - i did a few colors put them in small zip bags and cut the very tips off the bags and voila! it was a big hit with (and great activity for) my party goers! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2006
These cookies were so easy to make. I laughed when I saw it only took an hour to make them but I was cleaned up and finished an hour after I started them. They were easy to mix and the easiest cookies I have ever rolled and cut. My three year old helped me and we didn't even have any fall apart. I only gave 4 stars though because as far as flavor they are not spectacular. I am thinking some orange zest and more spice would jazz them up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2002
Well I didn't have molasses allspice OR cloves! But I used this recipe anyway. I used maple syrup instead of the molasses doubled the cinnamon and crossed my fingers. They turned out really great! Of course they're not really gingerbread cookies but they were nice and crunchy and easy for the kids to decorate. I'm sure with the correct ingredients they are wonderful. The dough was just perfect and got easier to work with as I handled it. A keeper! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2005
Best gingerbread Ive ever made! It wasnt too dry or hard and it made perfect little men for decorating. I did add about half a tsp more ginger powder but everything else was perrrfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2002
This gingerbread is soft and delicious. The whole family loved them and my littlier ones had a great time making them with me. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2010
They weren't sweet enough for our tastes - and too crunchy. I didn't use icing though - that may have helped. Read More
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