Gingerbread Gooey Butter Cookies

These cookies are Christmas cookie perfection! They have such a wonderful texture, just the right touch of sweetness, and so much rich warmth from the spice blend. The ingredient list is a little daunting, but it's well worth it. And it makes a pretty good sized batch of dough, so you can prep the dough, and keep it in the fridge (covered) - and as needed pull out enough to make a couple sheets of cookies, then popping the dough back in the fridge! Fresh cookies in a flash!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
48 butter cookies


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 stick butter, softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Combine 2 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour, ginger, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves in a bowl. Whisk to combine, then set aside.

  2. Combine cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Blend on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Add white and brown sugar, molasses, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Blend on medium-high speed until smooth. Add in egg and egg yolk and blend again on medium speed, 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides as necessary.

  3. Add the dry mixture slowly just until dough is blended, scraping down sides as necessary. Dough will be very soft. Cover work bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight, to allow dough to chill and firm.

  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line baking sheets with Silpat® mat or parchment paper.

  5. Roll dough into approximately walnut-sized balls. Pour confectioners' sugar into a bowl and roll dough balls in the sugar until very well coated. Set on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 1/2 to 2 inches of space in between, about 8 to 12 cookies per sheet, depending on how large you decide to make the cookies.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are just starting to firm and become golden browned and the center looks mostly set, 15 to 17 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool. This should yield a chewy cookie with slightly crispy edges. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

100 Calories
4g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 100
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 26mg 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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