Holiday Ginger Cookies
1 hr 40 min
02 hrs 50 min



1 1/4 cups sugar

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

3 tablespoons molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt


3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons milk

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine sugar, butter, egg, molasses and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough in half; wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 4-inch cookie cutter. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-9 minutes or until set. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Decorate cooled cookies with frosting as desired.

Tip #1

- Start a family tradition and bake special holiday gingerbread boys and girls. You can hang them on the tree, make place holders for the table or just gobble them up.


11Fat (mg)
35Cholesterol (mg)
140Sodium (mg)
37Carbohydrates (g)
<1Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)


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  December 23, 2015

I am not invited to Christmas dinner unless I bring these cookies.

— says Emilee
  December 20, 2014

I really love this recipe! I've been making these for a few years, now. I bake and give them out at Christmas, I put them in decorative bags and tie with a ribbon!

— says Dorothea Richards
  December 07, 2014

I found this recipe 11 years ago and LOVED it. I then lost it in a move. I found it again last week. So happy, I'm going to make 3 copies just to be safe. Love, love, love this cookie!

— says elvia
  January 08, 2014

I wanted to finally try a gingerbread cookie for the holidays and picked this one based on the reviews. We had extended family in town and everyone liked them even without the icing. Spicy but without a heavy "gingerbread" flavor. I didn't change anything about the recipe but I did need to keep adding more flour...probably between 1/8 & 1/4 cup.

— says Alisha
  December 19, 2012

We use this recipe every holiday for the past 12 years. The grandchildern look forward to making coookies with PaPa each year. All ages love these cookies including those who do not like ginger cookies. The cinnamon is the secret making these ginger cookies great.

— says Jim
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