Gingerbread Cookies Recipe with Icing

“Don’t play with your food!” It’s as classic a lesson from Mom on manners as these gingerbread cookies we’re about to dish on! Sorry, Mom, we just couldn’t help ourselves! They’re sugar and spice and everything … 

Oh Snap! Gingerbread Man Cookie With Bites Glass Ornament, Bronner's sku 1180085

Gingerbread cookies are cinnamon-ous with thoughts of Christmas. Filled with warming spices like ginger, all spice and, of course, cinnamon – they warm the soul!

Classic and comforting, these gingerbread cookies come from Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites, 2nd Edition staff cookbook and are a fun way to spend the day preparing for the Christmas season with your little kiddos. In addition, your home will smell delicious … undoubtedly a WIN-WIN!

Making Gingerbread Cookies
Featured: Dashing Thru The Dough Ceramic Mixing Bowl (1200688); Ceramic Gingerbread Measuring Spoon Set (1198355); Reindeer Fuel Spoon Rest Set (1200686).


Make the full recipe, or cut the batch in half!

Gingerbread Cookie With Red Hot Buttons And Merry Christmas Hand Written Sign

Makes 3 dozen



– 1 1/2 c. molasses
– 1 c. brown sugar, packed
– 2/3 c. cold water
– 1/3 c. shortening
– 7 c. flour
– 2 tsp. baking soda
– 1 tsp. salt
– 2 tsp. ground ginger
– 1 tsp. each, all spice, ground cloves & cinnamon

1. In a big bowl, mix together molasses, brown sugar, water and shortening.
2. Add flour, baking soda, salt and spices. (The dough gets very stiff – if you have a mixer with dough hooks, it is very helpful.)
3. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness.
5. Cut out the cookies with a floured gingerbread man- (and girl-) shaped cookie cutter.
6. Place about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched.

RECIPE NOTES: Cool cookies before frosting. (Any molasses can be used for these, but the darker the molasses, the stronger the flavor.)

Ceramic Gingerbread Measuring Spoon Set



– 2 c. powdered sugar
– 1 tsp. margarine
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– milk
– food colorings
– Red Hots® candies

1. Mix sugar, margarine and vanilla in a small bowl.
2. Add milk by drops until desired consistency.
3. Divide into several bowls with food coloring if desired.
4. Using a pastry tip, play with your food! decorate cookies.
5. Use icing to affix Red Hots® candy buttons.

RECIPE NOTES: Warmed icing can be used for drizzling. If icing gets too stiff, warm briefly in the microwave for about 10 – 12 seconds.

*submitted by Cathy Haubenstricker

And then we waited … while sipping hot, [_insert your favorite beverage here_] in this adorable mug!

Sugar And Spice Gingerbread Cookies At Christmas

Pinterest has really upped the gingerbread cookie decorating game. From gingerbread cookies turned into reindeer, Wookie™ cookies and different shapes intricately decorated in the style of decorative enameling, gingerbread cookies have taken “food as art” to a whole new level!

Yes. The bar has been set very high. Well done, Pinterest! But we think we did pretty good with this one!😂 Embodying the spectrum of emotions people feel about Christmas preparedness, how do you think we did?

Gingerbread cookie decorated with missing leg and sad face. Merry Christmas!

In the end, taste is all that matters! So no matter what level your decorating skills are, these classic Christmas cookies are a winner!

Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments Celebrate Family

Bronner’s also features some pretty amazing gingerbread ornaments!

Bronner's features a selection of exclusive, glass gingerbread Christmas ornaments that can be personalized for free!

Our collection of exclusive, glass gingerbread ornaments can be personalized for free and make a great Gift With Personal-ity™!

Choose a cookie based on your loved one! We have Mom (1182253), Dad (1182249) and baby (1187333). Boy (1180376) or girl (1180375), Grandma (1180378) and Grandpa (1180377) and even the cat (1180379) or dog (1180380)!

Looking to send something sweet for a whole family? Our gingerbread house (1187334) is perfect!

We even have a Day Of The Dead Gingerbread Cookie (1200910) ornament.

The best part about these gingerbread? They’re an apet-eye-zing treat that will never go to “waist”!


Give Serving Plate And Gingerbread With Bites Ornament From Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Featured: Give Serving Plate (1197628), and Gingerbread With Bites Glass Ornament (1180085).

These classic gingerbread cookies are a part of our Virtual Cookie Exchange – join the fun!

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