Classic Gingerbread Cookies Classic Gingerbread Cookies

Classic Gingerbread Cookies | Food styling by Claire Stubbs | Prop styling by Renée Drexler/The Props Image by: Maya Visnyei

These holiday treats can be made way in advance! Check out our make-ahead tip below for instructions.

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 50 minutes



Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper. In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and molasses until combined. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves and salt; stir into butter mixture just until combined.

Roll dough by 1 tbsp into balls; arrange, 2 inches apart, on prepared pans. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, just until edges are firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes. Transfer to racks; let cool completely. 

Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.

Makes about 30 cookies.

Nutritional facts Per cookie: about

  • Sodium 46 mg
  • Sugars 9 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 88
  • Total fat 2 g
  • Potassium 67 mg
  • Cholesterol 12 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 16 g


  • Iron 4
  • Folate 6
  • Calcium 1
  • Vitamin A 2
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Classic Gingerbread Cookies