BEST Soft Gingerbread Cookies: Christmas Cookie Exchange

The BEST Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Hi, I’m Debbie from One Little Project, and I am so excited to be sharing this recipe for the BEST soft gingerbread cookies. I never knew I was a fan of gingerbread cookies until I made these! They have the perfect amount of spice, but they are soft, which is a nice change from your typical gingerbread cookie.

I have made these many times and they always turn out perfectly and they always disappear really quickly. (I might have eaten the entire batch last week… shhhh… don’t tell anyone!). Oh, and if you want that holiday baking smell, these cookies make the house smell delicious!

BEST Soft Gingerbread Cookies
  1. • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  3. • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  6. • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  8. • 1 cup white sugar
  9. • 1 egg
  10. • 1 tablespoon water
  11. • 1/4 cup molasses
  12. • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses.
  5. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture.
  6. Shape the dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 4 tablespoons of sugar.
  7. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. You don't need to flatten them.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven.
  9. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Makes approximately 30 cookies. Store in an airtight container.
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  1. KAren says

    had to have teeth removed and ginger snaps are my favorite cookies ran across this reciepe and fell in love they are the best cookie in the world hubby never cared for the snaps now that i have made these can’t keep them in i have made them 6 times already and going to make more for christmas but this will be the last min touch…lol thank you wonderful reciepe

  2. Christina says

    Just made these, they came out great, I thought the dough might be too sticky but it was OK. I rolled them in red and green sugar for Santa :-)

  3. says

    Made these cookies the other day and I’m about to make another batch! They are incredible!!!! I actually didn’t have the clove to add in and they still turned out amazing. They truly are so soft and chewy. These cookies will be a regular in my house!

  4. Kerri says

    Just pulled these out of the oven and I’ll be shocked if they last long enough to take to holiday gatherings! They are wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe, this is definitely going to make it into the holiday baking rotation!

  5. Tanya says

    This is the first review I have ever written… these cookies turned out better then I could have imagined.
    So soft, such great flavor. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Alison says

    I made these the other day. They disappeared so fast! I have been asked to make more, only make a double batch this time!

  7. Jenna says

    Just made these today! They are amazing! I love gingerbread anything. They were done after 12 minutes. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I do wish they plumped up more, they were pretty flat but perfectly round. Keeper!


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