Monday, December 10, 2012

Grandma's Gingerbread Cookies

I already have a recipe on this blog for 85 Calorie Gingerbread Cookies. But lets be honest... a cookie that is a little more than 85 calories probably tastes a lot better.

This recipe is my Grandma Joanie's, she's the one that taught me how to bake back when I needed a chair to see the top of her counter. So many fun memories watching her Kitchen Aid mixer go around and around. I love my grandma. She mailed me this recipe when I first moved to Tennessee so I could make it myself.

I use is the recipe that I use almost every Christmas, and I usually get a lot of requests for it. So to make things easier, I'm posting it here. (It's also a plus that now I can't lose it which I have a history of doing...)

Grandma's Gingerbread Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen... about.

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg 

1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¾ sticks unsalted butter
½ cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 large egg 

¾ cup unsulfured molasses

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and molasses.

Add flour mixture; mix just until combined. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic (I prefer tin foil), and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Can be over night if needed.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick, dusting lightly with flour as needed. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, and brush off any excess flour. Transfer to baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool.

*For the frosting on top, just mix about 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon meringue powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a enough milk to get the desired consistency. I like mine kinda runny so I can just swirl the frosting on top instead of trying to make them super pretty.

Let me know if you need any tips! These cookies can be a little temperamental if baked too long. Enjoy!


  1. I LOVE gingerbread! I am going to try these! I am a new follower, I would love for you to check out my blog also! Looking forward to more of your blog!


  2. Mmmm yum! I love baking memories with Grandmas :) Thanks so much for linking up!