The Perfect Soft Gingerbread Cookies


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup molasses (NOT blackstrap)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar OR white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Gingerbread Spice Mix:

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Make the cookie dough: Place the sugar & butter in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until combined (you can also do this in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, just be careful so you don’t overmix the dough).
  2. Add the egg, molasses, vinegar and vanilla extract and beat on medium-low speed until fully combined.Finally, combine the dry ingredients and the gingerbread spices in a medium mixing bowl. Add to the molasses mix and beat on low speed just until combined into a soft cookie dough.
  3. Chill the dough: Cover the bowl and chill the cookie dough for at least 3 hours and up to overnight. If you chill it overnight, you may need to let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes so it’s easier to roll.
  4. Cut out cookies: Once ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Divide the dough in 2 and roll each half to 1/4 of an inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out cookies and place them on lined baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Place similarly sized cookies on the same baking sheet!
  5. Bake the cookies: Once you have filled a baking sheet, place it in the oven to bake. Medium-sized cookies take 8-10 minutes to bake. Large gingerbread men take 12-14 minutes to bake. Smaller cookies take 6-8 minutes to bake. They should spring back when you slightly touch their surface, but make sure to not overbake them or they’ll turn out tough. Cool the baked cookies on a baking sheet for a couple of minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.

Base Recipe adapted from this SITE

The Perfect Soft Gingerbread Cookies
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