gingerbread cookies

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg large
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar to roll the dough balls in


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat ¾ cup unsalted butter and 1 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes with an electric mixer.
  • Next, add 1 large egg and ¼ cup molasses and mix well.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine 2 ½ cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon ginger, whisking to combine.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop balls of dough that are golf ball sized. Transfer dough balls to a small bowl with 1 cup granulated sugar and roll to fully coat.
  • Transfer to a lined sheet tray and space approximately 2” to 3” apart to allow room for cookies to spread.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes then remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on sheet tray for approximately ten minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.


  • Serve with cold milk.


  • Flour: You can use 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour with similar results – any more and the cookies with be drier and grittier.


  • You can easily freeze this dough – scoop the rounds on a baking sheet, place the sheet in the freezer for 2 hours, then place the dough rounds in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer. Bake at the same temp – they may or may not need an extra minute or 2 – your preference!


Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg