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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

These are the BEST Soft Gingerbread Cookies ever! They are buttery, soft cookies with the perfect amount of ginger and cinnamon. These easy cookies will make you forget about any dry, hard gingerbread you have had in the past!

If you love ginger, make sure to check out my Gingersnap Cookies recipe too!

Soft Gingerbread Cookies Are A Classic Holiday Cookie Recipe!

I have to admit, I have never been a gingerbread cookie girl. I mean, I love how ridiculously cute they are when they are decorated with their little bow ties…and I totally adore beautifully decorated gingerbread houses But does anyone really EAT those? I feel like most of the time they are a little dry, kind of boring, and sometimes overly spiced.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands, and I’ll admit, I NAILED it. My soft gingerbread cookie recipe is  buttery, with the perfect amount of spice added AND rolled in sugar to give the outside a sweet little crunch.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies on a plate

This gingerbread has the exact right amount of molasses, that combined with the granulated sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger, and cloves gives you that classic gingerbread taste without being overpowering.

Gone are the days of dry, cardboard gingerbread and enter the days when the gingerbread cookies are the first cookies to be eaten on your holiday cookie platter!

How To Make Soft Gingerbread

Ingredients:

  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk
  • molasses
  • baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • ground ginger
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground cloves
  • all purpose flour

Easy Instructions:

For the full recipe and ingredient list hop down to the bottom of this post!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and sugar together for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Add in molasses and mix until incorporated.
  4. Beat in egg plus additional yolk, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Mix until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Turn the mixer to low and add in flour until dough comes together.
  6. Using a medium (2- tablespoon) cookie scoop portion out the dough and roll into balls. Roll balls in extra sugar and place on baking sheet 2-3 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes until edges are golden.
  8. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

How Do You Make Gingerbread Soft?

Well, this is not only a delicious recipe, it’s MEGA easy! I approached this recipe as I was developing it like a snickerdoodle cookie recipe. The idea is very similar, but I added in molasses, as it wouldn’t be a gingerbread recipe without it! And of course ground ginger…I mean…

Do You Have To Chill the Dough?

NO! These cookies are soft, thick and come out perfectly shaped every time without chilling the gingerbread cookie dough before baking! Just use a medium (2- tablespoon) cookie scoop to portion the dough out to ensure they all bake evenly and the same size!

Do You HAVE To Use Molasses?

Unfortunately yes. I know it’s not an ingredient everyone always has on-hand. OR it’s potentially years old because it sits in the back of your pantry only to be pulled out around the holidays when you make gingerbread.

If you just don’t have it or REALLY don’t like it you can sub in dark brown sugar for all the sugar and molasses in the recipe. You won’t get that true gingerbread flavor, but it’s the closest you will come without molasses.

Dark corn syrup will give you the same texture and color but not the same flavor.

What Can You Add To Soft Baked Gingerbread Cookies?

Just about anything! I know lots of people really like white chocolate and gingerbread together, and this is a great recipe to do that! You can melt the chocolate and dip half the cookie OR go ahead and add chips right into the dough like you would a chocolate chip cookie recipe! Here are some other ideas:

Gingerbread cookie broken in half

How To Store Gingerbread Cookies

These are easy to store! Pop them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days! OR you can absolutely freeze these in an airtight container for up to 30 days for best freshness.

  • To freeze the baked cookies, allow them to cool completely and stack them in a plastic container, or carefully place them in a large zip-top bag and freeze them for up to a month.
  • To freeze cookie dough I recommend prepping the dough as stated, portion out the dough, roll them into balls and then roll them in sugar as stated in the recipe. Place the dough balls on a baking sheet and place the baking sheet in the freezer for about an hour or until they are frozen. Then place the dough balls in a large zip-top bag to store until you’re ready to bake!
  • You can bake the dough frozen, just add an extra minute or so to the bake time!

Looking For More Christmas Cookies?  

  1. Perfect Spritz Cookies
  2. Chai Shortbread
  3. Peanut Butter Blossoms
  4. Cinnamon Crackle Cookies

*This recipe was originally published in 2013, but the pictures and tips were updated in 2019. The recipe remains the same.

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

These are the perfect soft gingerbread cookie! Soft and buttery with the perfect amount of ginger spice!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup additional sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and sugar together for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Add in molasses and mix until incorporated.
  4. Beat in egg plus additional yolk, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Mix until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Turn the mixer to low and add in flour until dough comes together.
  6. Using a medium (2- tablespoon) cookie scoop portion out the dough and roll into balls. Roll balls in extra sugar and place on baking sheet 2-3 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes until edges are golden.
  8. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 153
  • Sugar: 13.8 g
  • Sodium: 109.4 mg
  • Fat: 6.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.9 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 30.8 mg

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45 comments on “Soft Gingerbread Cookies”

  1. Pauline Digini

    Oh I just made these DELICIOUS cookies.
    They are moist and soft, just the way I like my cookies.
    I will make them often. Can’t wait to have with tomorrow mornings coffee.
    Thank you,
    P.

  2. thank you so much for this recipe shelly it went so well with my relaxing detoxifying herbal tea!

  3. Wendy Hampton

    This soft gingerbread is AMAZING! I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m going to try some add-ins for the next batch. I’m freezing them for Christmas! I have steered away from hard gingerbread, so your soft recipe is a wonderful discovery. Thanks so much for inventing this! It is a whole new way of looking at gingerbread. I wonder how they would taste dipped in “hard sauce”. Think I will try that next!

  4. I have more of question, as opposed to a comment. Can I use a gingerbread cookie cutter with these cookies?
    Thank you!!

  5. I understand the need for ads to support your content, however, the ads are now getting in the way of reading the content and that is a problem for keeping your users that I hope you will fix–and it seems like a new problem as I haven’t noticed it before. Every scroll a full-size “CarMax” ad jumped in front of the photos and text in this recipe (on my desktop in case that helps). It would reappear with every single scroll through this recipe and obscure all the instructions and pictures.

    1. I totally agree with Jessica. I don’t view this site using my phone because the ads are just too much!

  6. How should I store these if they won’t be eaten right away? We do our Christmas cookie baking in early December. Tins? Freezer?

  7. I want to make these, but I do not have ground cloves. I do have allspice. Could I use that instead? If so, do I just substitute the cloves spice amount with allspice? Also, will it make a huge difference if I did not roll them in sugar before baking? Thanks a ton!

  8. I am planning on making these for Thanksgiving this year, they look delicious.
    I also wanted to day that you have my dream Kitchenaid. It’s gorgeous!????????????????

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