Basic Gingerbread Cookies

This recipe for basic gingerbread cookies is very easy and quick because the dough doesn't need to sit in the refrigerator. I'm horrible at rolling out dough and cutting out shapes. The oil in this recipe makes the dough less sticky. Decorate with frosting and candies, if desired.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
25 cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 stick butter, cut into chunks

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 small egg

  • 1 tablespoon water, or as needed (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 baking trays.

  2. Sift flour, ginger, and baking soda together into a large bowl. Add butter chunks and stir until they are coated with flour. Mix the butter and flour together with your hands until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.

  3. Whisk white and brown sugars, maple syrup, egg, and oil together in a small bowl until combined. Add to flour mixture and knead until a ball of dough forms, adding water, if needed.

  4. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness, cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters, and place on the prepared cookie sheets. Repeat until you have used all the dough.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

134 Calories
6g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 25
Calories 134
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 131mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 28mg 1%

* 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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