Christmas cookies don’t get as much of a classic as a gingerbread cookie (well, sugar cookies work in a second to detail). Whether you want to create people out of gingerbread, snowflakes, candy canes, or ornaments – or even skeletons for Halloween or not – these simple gingerbread cookie instructions should be your go-to. Need to make a gingerbread house? We tend to dare to spice up this masterpiece with cardamom spice.

During this old-fashioned recipe, spices will blend with syrup and sugar for their flavor to blossom. Next, you will work on making cookie dough inside the cooking pan by adding baking soda, cold butter (to lower the temperature of the mixture), eggs, and finally the dry ingredients. There’s no leavening here, which means your cake guys won’t start to want quite like a Goodyear balloon. Keep in mind that if your dough feels too soft to shake easily, you will refrigerate it for half an hour to an hour; Alternatively, if you want to make cookie dough sooner, refrigerate it for up to a few days ahead and let it sit at room temperature for twenty to 30 minutes to melt before rolling it.

Cooking time is on these bids, but the cookies cut with the support of the dimensional cutters you use can vary, so keep an eye on them. To lighten the scorching of your cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Garnishing with icing is optional, however, and it’s an excellent upgrade from royal icing made with granulated sugar and water. Here there’s vanilla juice and extract, and crushed egg whites, which make it easier to set the icing and give it a matte look once it dries.

Editor’s Note: This instructable was originally printed in the December 2002 issue of “Gourmet” as Cake Snowflakes and initially appeared online on August 2, 2004.


  • Makes about four dozen cookies
  • ⅔ cup of syrup (not strong)
  • ½ cup packed dark sugar
  • tablespoon crushed ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Half a teaspoon of ground spices
  • Half a teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unflavored butter, pull out 1 tablespoon of varieties
  • 1 giant egg, lightly crushed
  • 3¾ to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Half a teaspoon of salt

Cream decoration, sprinkles, dragees, sanding sugar for decoration

Special equipment: rolling pin. different 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters (in shapes appreciate people, snowflakes, candy canes, etc.); Metal spatula with 1/8″ to 1/4″ regular tip pastry bag (optional)

Step 1

Bring molasses, brown sugar, and allspice to a very large 4 to 5-quart saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, and remove from heat. Add the bicarbonate (the mixture can foam), then add the butter three pieces at a time, keeping each addition soft before adding next, until all the butter has melted. Add eggs and stir until combined, then stir in 3¾ cups flour and salt.

Step 2

Heat the kitchen appliance to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead, sprinkling as much flour as remaining cup flour as needed to stop sticking, until soft and simple to handle, thirty seconds to one minute. Divide the dough into 0.5, then roll half of it into a wrapper and keep it at area temperature.

Step 4

Roll the remaining dough into a 14-inch (⅛-inch. thick) ball on a lightly floured surface. Cut as many cookies as you can with the cutters and transfer them neatly with an offset spatula into two large buttered baking sheets, arranging them one part at a time.

step 5

Bake cookies in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, switching the position of the plates halfway through the baking process until the edges are slightly darker, 10 to 12 minutes (watch strictly toward the top of the baking; cookies burn easily). Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Create lots of cookies with the remaining dough and scraps (roll once).

Step 6

Put the icing in a very pastry bag (if using) and seal or open decoratively over the cookies.

Chefs note:

The cookies in the cake are airtightly confined at a temperature of three weeks.

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