I can’t remember the first time my sister-in-law made these super yummy Gingerbread Cookies but they quickly became one of my top Christmas cookie recipes. They're perfect for gifting and cookie exchanging - and just plain eating with a festive beverage by the Christmas tree.
If you’re looking for an easy gingerbread cookie recipe that doesn’t require a rolling pin or cookie cutters, then this one is for you!
Simply mix your wet ingredients.
Mix your dry ingredients.
Combine and roll into balls.
Form into logs.
Sprinkle with sugar.
¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ to ½ tsp of cloves
Topping Ingredients (optional):
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp sugar
In large bowl, beat together butter, 1 cup sugar, egg and molasses until combined.
In separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients only until combined.
Divide dough into 4 balls and roll each ball into a 12-inch log. This does not have to be perfect or look pretty.
Place logs on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and space a few inches apart (they will spread!).
Flatten gently with your hands, brush with water and sprinkle with additional sugar.
Bake in pre-heated 350F oven for 12-14 minutes.
Let cool on rack for approx. 5 minutes then cut into ½ to 1-inch bars. Leave on cookie sheet to cool completely. When bars are completely cooled, mix glaze ingredients until smooth then spoon glaze over cookies. Allow glaze to harden a bit on the cookies then enjoy (but don’t try to eat just one!).
For more of my favourite cookie recipes check out my Top Five Easiest Christmas Cookie Recipes, my Top Ten Cookie Recipes and my youngest daughter’s favourite Disney Frozen inspired cookies (which could easily be Rudolph cookies with a red Smartie!). Also if you like gingerbread you'll love my Gingerbread Cake.