Imagine the mouth-watering taste of gingerbread cookies and get ready to prepare your gingerbread cookie recipe for the holidays. Enjoy this simple and delicious gingerbread cookies recipe, which will work perfectly for any holiday party or cookie swap. For another creative idea, use the recipe to make the dough for a gingerbread house.
Bake up some scrumptious cookies with this easy gingerbread cookie recipe:
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 2 ½ teaspoons of ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 cup of melted butter
- ½ cup of evaporated milk
- 1 cup of unsulfured molasses
- ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease your cookie sheets ahead of time. Combine your sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl, and then stir in the melted butter, evaporated milk, molasses, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Continue to stir thoroughly, and add your flour one cup at a time.
Does the dough stick to your fingers? If sticky, add a bit more flour. Chill the dough for an hour or two in the refrigerator to let it harden, which will make it easier to roll out.
Next, roll your dough onto a lightly floured surface at about a ⅓ inch thickness, and cut it into your favorite holiday shapes. Arrange the shapes on greased cookie sheets. Alternatively, you can roll out the dough and use this ginger bread cookie recipe to make gingerbread houses!
Bake your cookies for 10 to 12 minutes.
Let your cookies cool and bag them or serve them up for some extra holiday cheer! Pass them out as favors at a holiday party and decorate the bags with metallic ribbon for a fun holiday touch. Hosting a cookie swap? Remember to send one of our FREE Christmas party invitations!