Cookies are a favourite with kids. Put gingerbread into the mix and it’ll certainly be a hit. These gingerbread cookies are an easy enough recipe to make with kids and turn out really yummy. Kids can help make them and then decorate as they wish.

We made these during our gingerbread theme. Christmas time is also a good time to make gingerbread cookies. We actually made ours in January when reading about our favourite gingerbread man!

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For our recipe we used lots of things I already had in. The other ingredients were pretty easy to find when shopping.

We used;

Ground Ginger



1 Egg


Baking Soda

Baking Powder

Brown Sugar


Full Recipe Below⬇️

Easy enough to do once you have all your ingredients. Its handy to have a mixer but if you don’t you can whisk.

Before starting set your oven to 350F. Whisk up your flour, baking soda and baking powder together. Then set aside.

In a large bowl, add melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, molasses, and salt. Mix on medium/low. Then add your egg.

Once your wet ingredients have been whisked for a couple minutes, add your flour, baking soda and baking powder.

Mix on medium/high until dough starts to form. It will be pretty sticky but don’t worry as the next step will sort that!

Forming Your Dough

To get your gingerbread cookie dough compact and easier to roll, wrap in cling film and set it in the fridge for an hour. We wrapped it in two separate batches. Once you take your dough out the fridge it should be easier to roll. You can always use a little flour if it gets too sticky.

Using your rolling pin, roll out your dough. You want the thickness of your dough to be about 1/2″ thick. To make slightly crispier cookies roll out your dough slightly thinner. If it starts to stick or break up, add a little more flour to each side.

Use your cookie cutter man to make your cookies. We made about 8 cookies each and then froze the rest for another day.

Set the gingerbread cookies on a baking tray lined with foil or parchment paper. Put them in the oven for 14-18 minutes. You will notice them getting slightly brown on the edges. Then leave them to cool for about 10 minutes.

Top Tip; It is much easier to ice the gingerbread cookies once they have been cooled for a while. Maybe even placing them in the fridge first.

Decorating Your Cookies

To decorate your cookies you can make your own icing with powdered sugar. Or you can use icing scribblers. These are easy to purchase in the baking section.

You can use anything for your buttons and eyes etc. We had some mini chocolate m&m’s but you can use gum drops, raisins, chocolate chips. Anything you can find that’s tasty and colourful.

My kids used the scribblers as a sticking agent to put their m&m’s but they are also good for drawing on. We made a bow tie and my son made a sweater and pants for his gingerbread man. It’s all about getting creative.

Yummy colourful gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Our cookies turned out cute. And they were delicious too. I am not a baker and I am always worried about how these things will turn out. So I was pleased that these were a success. Enjoy 😍

Gingerbread Cookies

Gemma Burns
How to make tasty gingerbread cookies. Great easy recipe to do around christmas time. Nice little gift to give to friends and family.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Snack


  • Mixer/Bowl with Whisk
  • Rolling Pin
  • 1-2 Gingerbread Cookie Cutters
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups


  • 2.5 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3/4 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Molasses
  • 3/4 Cups Unsalted Butter
  • Icing/Icing Scribblers
  • Candy/Sweet Treats


  • Set the oven to 350F
  • Mix together flour, baking soda & baking powder
  • Melt butter, and add sugar, salt, spices and molasses
  • Add egg and mix well
  • Add flour and other dry ingredients
  • Mix on medium/low until dough is formed. Dough will be slightly sticky.
  • Divide dough into two parts. Wrap with cling film and set in fridge for 1 hour.
  • Once dough has been chilled, roll out using rolling pin to 1/2" thickness.
  • Use cookie cutter to make gingerbread shapes.
  • Place on a foiled baking tray in the oven for 14-18 minutes. Cookies will turn slightly brown at edges.
  • Set cookies aside to cool down completely.
  • Decorate your cookies.

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