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Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies

Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies

The perfect cookie for winter or the holidays, these classic gingerbread cookies can be decorated however you like!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 dozen (or more)


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature (16 tablespoons )
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg

Decorations (optional):

  • Royal Icing
  • Sugar Pearls
  • Sanding sugar or cake sparkles
  • Edible shimmer


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices to combine; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Mix in the molasses and egg until combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least one hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Place the cookie shapes onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.
  • To decorate, brush cookie with edible shimmer or leave plain, then use Royal Icing to pipe on designs. Sprinkle with large-grain sugar and/or add sugar pearls, if desired.


Source: Annie's Eats, originally from Good Things Catered
You're Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword cookies, dessert, holiday