Egg-Free Gingerbread Cookies

These cookies were given to me by my best friend, whose son loves to make them as much as he loves to eat them.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 55 mins
4 dozen


  • 1 stick butter, softened

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • cup water

  • 1 tablespoon dark corn syrup

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package powdered sugar

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed


  1. Combine butter and sugar in a bowl.

  2. Bring water, corn syrup, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to a boil in a saucepan. Pour over butter and sugar and beat until blended. Gradually stir in flour and baking soda until dough is smooth.

  3. Halve the dough and form into discs. Wrap discs in plastic wrap and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  5. Let dough soften slightly. Roll it out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough using gingerbread men cookie cutters. Arrange on ungreased cookie sheets.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until tops look dry, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

  7. Beat powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract together until stiff. Thin mixture out with milk. Spread frosting over cooled cookies.

Cook's Notes:

You can freeze the dough once it's wrapped in plastic.

Keep frosting covered with a damp paper towel while it is out on the counter. You can also keep it soft by placing it over a small bowl of steaming water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

108 Calories
4g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 35mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 11mg 0%

* 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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