Frosted Ginger Cookies Recipe

Geri's Frosted Ginger Cookies

Butter frosting enhances a timeless molasses-spice drop.

1:25prep time 2:25total time
6 dozen cookies
2 Ratings



1 1/2 cups LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Heat oven to 325°F. Combine 1 1/2 cups butter, sugar and 1 cup brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add molasses, eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; continue beating until smooth. Reduce speed to low; add all remaining cookie ingredients. Beat until well mixed.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies spring back when touched lightly in center. (DO NOT OVERBAKE.) Let stand 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely.

Cook 1/3 cup brown sugar, milk and 2 tablespoons butter in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil (3 to 4 minutes). Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; beat until well mixed. Cool until mixture reaches desired spreading consistency (5 to 10 minutes). Frost cooled cookies.

Recipe Tip

If frosting thickens, beat in 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 110

Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 80mg

Carbohydrates: 18g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #10665©1999Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

These cookies became an instant hit the first time I made it, with family and friends alike. Only problem now is making enough of them to go around- everyone looks forward to receiving a plate of these when I've been baking!
Are these cookies soft and chewy??
As an experienced cookie-maker, I'd like to say that this is the very best ginger cookie recipe I have ever used. In fact, since I tried this one I will make no other.

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