If you're looking for a delicious and soft gingerbread cookie recipe, these Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Men Cookies are perfectly spiced with molasses, cinnamon, ginger and other warm spices, and sweetened with brown sugar. This tried, and true recipe is definitely a family favorite.

Holiday baking is one of my favorite ways to celebrate the Christmas season! Some of our other favorites are making English Toffee, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, or Toffee Pecan Shortbread!

Gingerbread Men Cookies next to a string of yarn and greenery

Just the aroma of the molasses and cloves and ginger and cinnamon is enough to transport you to Santa's workshop and make you feel like one of his baker elves.

Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Men Cookies are part of my personal Christmas cookie trifecta. The other two cookies are these perfect peanut butter blossoms and classic sugar cookies decorated with frosting and sprinkles or M&Ms.

With some simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, you can have fresh gingerbread cookies that are perfect for gifting or serving at your next Christmas party. Plus, this recipe is so easy that even beginners can make them successfully. The royal icing is super simple to make with just a little corn syrup for shine and no messing around with meringue powder, unlike classic royal icing.

The best way to spread Christmas cheer might be singing out loud for all to hear, but this soft gingerbread cookies recipe comes in a close second! It's easy to follow, produces perfectly soft and chewy cookies, and will be sure to please everyone at your Christmas cookie exchange. Plus, the gingerbread men are so cute! Be sure to try it out next time you're in the mood for some ginger molasses goodness!

If you also love all things gingerbread, be sure to check out my gingerbread cupcakes, gingerbread baked oatmeal, or gingerbread cinnamon rolls.


Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Salted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Molasses - You want unsulphered, not blackstrap, molasses. My favorite brand is Grandma's original molasses.
  • Egg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Spices - A combination of ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice gives the best gingerbread flavor.

Royal Icing

  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract or essence
  • Light corn syrup
  • Pinch of salt
Homemade gingerbread cookies ingredients.

How to Make Delicious Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Prepare. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth.

Add the molasses (it really does help to spray your measuring cup with cooking spray before measuring the molasses (It will pour out more easily afterward) and egg.

Mix again to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Cook. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices, then mix until everything is completely combined. 

Scrape the gingerbread cookie dough out of the bowl onto a large piece of plastic wrap, then wrap it up into a disc and put it in the refrigerator to chill for 3 hours or even overnight.

Soft gingerbread cookie dough wrapped in plastic wrap to chill in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to ¼" thickness.

I always find I need to be generous with the flour so the cookies don't stick to the counter or the rolling pin (affiliate link), but you don't need to worry about having cookies that look dusted by flour because it will be absorbed into the dough as the cookies get rolled out.

Assemble. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Carefully transfer the cookies to the baking sheets, leaving a little space between each cookie.

They don't spread much, but you don't want them touching while they are baking. Bake for about 10 minutes until they just start to look set but do not overbake, or they won't stay soft.

Let cool for 5-10 minutes on the pan. Remove from cookie sheets to cool completely on a wire rack. Frost or decorate when cool with royal icing.

Finish. Whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, corn syrup, and 2 tablespoons of water. The royal icing should be thick, but if it is TOO thick, whisk in another ½ tablespoon of water at a time, checking consistency after each half tablespoon.

If you go too far and it gets too runny, whisk in two additional tablespoons of powdered sugar at a time. You want the royal icing to drizzle off your whisk into the bowl and hold its shape for a second or two before melting back into the rest of the icing.

If desired, you can separate your icing into different small bowls at this point and add food coloring (affiliate link), then transfer to piping bags with small decorating tips.

I'm partial to the gingerbread snowflakes sprinkled granulated sugar after frosting them with royal icing. It adds a wonderful sparkle, a bit of crunch, and extra sweetness.

Tips for Success

Here's how to make sure your gingerbread man cookies turn out perfect!

  • Room temperature ingredients. Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you start baking. This definitely makes a difference with this dough.
  • Don't overbake them. The cookies should still be slightly soft when you take them out of the oven. Most regular-sized gingerbread cookies will take 9-10 minutes, but you might need a little more or less time depending on whether your cookie cutters are small or extra large. Large cookies will take more like 11-12 minutes to bake. Tiny cookie cutters take more like 8 minutes in the oven.
  • Cool completely before decorating. It's tempting to dig right in, but if you plan to decorate you should let the cookies cool on wire racks before adding royal icing and decorations.
  • Use a piping bag with a decorative tip to easily decorate your cookies with royal icing. Or just fill a freezer safe ziploc bag with your royal icing and then snip off one small corner with scissors.
  • Be sure to measure the flour carefully so as not to add too much, which could result in the dough being crumbly and dry. If you have a kitchen scale, use it. Otherwise I have a great post on how to measure flour and other baking ingredients.
  • Make ice cream sandwiches. While these gingerbread men are perfect for eating all by themselves, they also make AMAZING ice cream sandwiches if you want to put a little vanilla, strawberry, or peach ice cream, or peppermint ice cream between two of them. Seriously, gingerbread ice cream sandwiches are my favorite!

Substitutions and Variations

  • If you want to get creative with your decorations, add some festive sprinkles or white chocolate chips.
  • Use other holiday-shaped cookie cutters like a Christmas tree or a snowman.
  • For a more intense molasses flavor, replace the light brown sugar with dark brown sugar.
Gingerbread cookie shapes decorated in white icing with twirling loops of yarn and green sprigs around them.

How to Store

Store your leftover gingerbread cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag at room temperature. If kept in an airtight container, they can last up to two weeks!

If you plan to freeze your gingerbread cookies, I recommend freezing them in a single layer on a baking sheet first for 2-3 hours, then transferring them to an airtight container where you can stack them for longer term storage, up to 3 months. Let them thaw on the counter for 2 hours before serving.

Recipe FAQ's

Should gingerbread cookies be hard or soft?

Soft gingerbread biscuits are ideal. They ought to be flexible. However, they should still be somewhat elastic, and if you hold them too firmly because you're so excited to eat them, you might even be able to leave your fingerprints on the cookie!

How do you keep gingerbread cookies soft?

Keep cookies in a cold, dry area by placing them in a covered jar or tin and wrapping them in plastic wrap or foil. Because of their limbs, gingerbread people require a larger area and more meticulous wrapping. Make a tent out of aluminum foil if you don't have a large enough jar or tin.

Why did my gingerbread cookies get hard?

Some gingerbread recipes require some time to soften after baking because they are initially firm. Gingerbread is made harder by molasses and honey, but it becomes softer when water is absorbed by the sugar.

Can I use this recipe for making gingerbread houses?

No, these cookies are too soft to make a stable gingerbread house. Instead, use the recipe on my post about how to make a gingerbread house.

Decorated gingerbread cookies next to some green Christmas tree sprigs.

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Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Men Cookies

4.80 from 67 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine European, German
Servings 48 cookies
Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Men Cookies are perfectly spiced with molasses, cinnamon, ginger and other warm spices, and sweetened with brown sugar.  The best way to spread Christmas cheer might be singing out loud for all to hear, but these cute little fellas come in a close second!


Gingerbread Cookies

  • 1 cup salted butter (227g)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (200g)
  • 1 cup molasses (340g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour (625g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

Royal Icing

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 2-3 Tablespoons water, room temperature
  • Pinch of salt
  • Gel or liquid Food coloring (affiliate link) (optional)


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar for 1-2 minutes until creamy and smooth.
  • Add the molasses (it helps to spray your measuring cup with cooking spray before measuring the molasses - it will pour out more easily afterwards) and egg and mix again to combine, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  • Add flour, salt, baking soda, and spices. Mix until completely combined.
  • Transfer the gingerbread cookie dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap and shape it into a disc. Wrap it up tightly in the plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll out the gingerbread cookie dough on a floured surface to about ¼" thickness. I always find I need to be generous with the flour so the cookies don't stick to the counter or the rolling pin (affiliate link). Don't worry about the cookies looking dusted with flour. It will be absorbed into the dough as the cookies get rolled out. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Carefully transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, leaving a little space between each cookie. They don't spread much, but they will puff slightly and you don't want them touching while they bake.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes until they just start to look set, but do not overbake or they won't stay soft. Let cool for 5-10 minutes on the pan before transferring the cookies to wire cooling racks to cool completely. Frost or decorate when cool with royal icing.

Easy Royal Icing

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, corn syrup and 2 tablespoons of the water until smooth. The icing should be thick but you should still be able to drizzle it into the bowl and it should melt in on itself within 1-3 seconds. If it is TOO thick, whisk in another ½ tablespoon of water at a time to get the desired consistency. If you go too far and the icing is too runny, whisk in two additional tablespoons of powdered sugar at a time.
  • If desired, you can separate your icing to different small bowls at this point and add food coloring (affiliate link), then transfer to piping bags with small decorating tips.
  • Pipe eyes, a mouth, buttons, or other decorations on the cooled gingerbread cookies, then let them sit out for 3-4 hours for the icing to harden before storing in an airtight container for up to 7 days.



  • Measure carefully: This recipe calls for 5 cups of flour, which means that if you overmeasure or lose track of your count you could make the dough too dry and it will be crumbly. I recommend the spoon & sweep approach where you spoon flour into a measuring cup then level it off with the flat backside of a knife or another flat-edge tool. This post explains in more detail how to measure flour accurately.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 126mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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This post was originally published in December, 2016. The photos and content were updated in December, 2022.

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  1. 2 stars
    OMIT THE CLOVES. I tried this recipe (I would say I'm a baking novice but not total beginner) and baked half of it. The rest is going to be frozen and used as a weapon of protection. Is it just me? On the plus the house smells really nice but the cookies are just not right, edible but very strong taste and super dark.

    1. I'm sorry you felt like these were too spicy! The strong cloves are one of my favorite parts about this cookie because so much gingerbread is so bland!

        1. That is hard to say because cutters can be so different, but it is a big batch of cookie dough. I would say probably 4 dozen cookies. Next time I will try to use consistent shapes (my snowflakes are much bigger than my gingerbread men) and keep better count!

      1. 3 stars
        I have never made gingerbread cookies before and wanted to try these as the spice mixture looked really good. They were fantastic and very aromatic, but I agree when you bite into them all I taste was overpower of molasses sorry...they were very dark and not as soft and chewy as I hoped....not sure if it’s because of the dark brown sugar I used and molasses overload.....I will try them again but cut half the amount and try adding some milk to soften them up, do you think that will work?

        1. Hmm, I'm not sure about those adjustments. Be sure not to overmix and handle as little as possible when rolling out - that might help keep these softer for you.

  2. 5 stars
    I just finished making a batch of these cookies. This is by far the best recipe I have ever used. I love the mix of spices! The gingerbread is so flavourful and VERY chewy. I used cookie cutters of various sizes and shapes, most around 3", some 4.5" and some 1.5", I was able to make 102 cookies!!
    I LOVE this recipe, thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Honestly, I know most bakers use unsalted butter, but I never buy it. I just use salted butter. The amount of salt in salted vs. unsalted isn't enough to make me notice any substantial difference in taste in baked goods and I prefer salted for other uses like toast or savory cooking.

      1. Salted butter does not actually have salt mixed in with it, The salt is ONLY sprinkled onto the waxed paper, therefore only being on the outside of butter block.

  3. 5 stars
    Totally disagree with commenter who said cookies were too spicy. They're perfect! Love the flavor! Thanks for posting!

  4. I left out the clove, nutmeg and allspice because I didn't have any...and the family loved them! Soft and chewy. Couldn't stop eating them. If I had left the extra spices, it may have come out too spicy for my taste.

    1. Oh no! It sounds like maybe something is missing or maybe an extra cup of flour was added? The dough shouldn't be crumbly.

        1. I've been thinking about the difference in comments and am wondering if the crumbly comments are just because the dough hasn't been smooshed together yet? I supposed it's a bit of a crumbly dough, but I just mash it into a ball and refrigerate it and then it rolls out fine. Now, if it's more sandy and won't mash into anything, then that would be a bigger problem, but that has never happened to me when making these.

    1. I'm with you - I like my gingerbread soft and chewy always! These are definitely chewy and not at all crunchy! Just be sure to pull them out right on time, or if you are really concerned, go ahead and underbake them by a minute or two!

    2. Made my dough yesterday and put in Ref overnight.
      Dough was moist and easy to work with, just remember to flour the table so they do not stick when rolling out. Did several different sizes and shapes, including larger Gingerbread Men. Adjusted the baking time to make sure they are not overdone or underdone. Keep your eye out.
      Turned out perfect. SPICY, AND MOSIT AND CHEWY. WE love them. Will be making them every Christmas from now on. Try them you will love them.

  5. I dont think my dough was the proper consistency. It was very crumbly when I put it in the fridge and now its just cold hard and crumbly. Not rolling properly at all. I've added some water to it and am letting it warm up to see jf it is salvageable. I'm wondering if its just the dry environment I live in.

    1. I don't know. It seems to me like this sounds like more of a case of accidentally adding too much flour, either by miscounting while adding (I've definitely done that!) or possibly improper measuring? Because the dough should be soft and it would surprise me if environment factored in that much. I'm sorry it doesn't seem to be working out this batch!

    2. I think you may have used cold butter and it didn't blend together well. Try using room temp butter and creaming it until it's like peanut butter consistency. Then add it golden syrup and egg and it should be wet and sticky. Then add ur dry ing. and should mix to a soft moist dough that holds together.

  6. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it is the best gingerbread recipe ever. Totally disagree about the spices being too much. It is PERFECT !! And the dough is beautiful, beyond beautiful. So soft so easy to roll out. I chilled my dough for 2 hours then pulled off a piece to roll out my large gingerbread man. It rolled so easy. What a JOY !! I baked mine for 9 min. still a little underdone but that's okay. That's why I only cut one. I'm trying to get the time down right. LOL But Amy, THANK YOU so much for sharing this recipe. It is AMAZING and you are right, if they didn't end up with a beautiful soft, pliable dough, they measured wrong !! I now can rest , I have found the perfect recipe. Thank you... Happy Holidays !!

  7. 5 stars
    I made the dough last night and let it chill in the fridge overnight. The dough was a really nice moist consistency! I had my husband roll the dough out for me this morning because I’m a weakling 😋. I used 3 different larger sized cookie cutters and baked them for 8-9 min. They baked up beautifully! The smell was amazing and the taste is even better! Just the right amount of spice and so soft and chewy! Quite a few got eaten before I even had time to ice them. These will definitely become a Christmas time regular in our home. Thank you for the recipe! PS: some of the reviews I read for this recipe were way off in my opinion.

    1. I'm SO glad you liked these cookies and left such a nice review. I'm not sure why some people seem to have struggled with it since they have always turned out perfectly every time for me. 🙂

      1. I’d been looking for a chewy gingerbread recipe and made these last year.  Thanks for sharing!  My family loved them and I’m doing it again this year.  Merry Christmas!🎄🎁 

  8. 5 stars
    I baled these last year. They were scrumptious. I will definitely be baking them agin this year. In my opinion, you cant hve too much spice. I thoroughly enjoy the stong spicy flavor. Thank you for sharing this fine recipe.

    1. I would freeze it in one big piece, then let it thaw overnight in the fridge and rest on the counter for 20-30 minutes the next day until it is pliable enough to roll out.

  9. 5 stars
    I’ve baked these twice and they are the best! Our family is now dairy free, however. I was wondering if you know of a good substitute for the butter?

    1. I'm so glad you love these as much as we do! Have you tried using butter-flavored vegetable shortening? That would be my first choice, although I haven't tried it in this recipe before. If you do, let me know how it works!

  10. 5 stars
    First thanks for the suggestion of spraying the measuring cup before putting the molasses in it. That made using molasses so much easier, I was a little cautious making this recipe because of the dry crumbly comments so I made sure I counted my cups of flour and did not over fill the measuring cup. I made two batches, the first one I did not have cloves so I did not put it in but the the second batch I had bought cloves so I did. The dough was a really nice consistency both times, it was not dry at all and easy to work with. And they tasted great both times!!!! I made them to decorate but did not use your royal icing recipe because I have had trouble when decorating with royal icing so I used another recipe. The gingerbread was so good that half of the batch was eaten before I got chance to decorate them. This will definitely be my go to recipe for Gingerbread! thanks so much

    1. I'm so glad you commented to say that this recipe worked well for you! I'm honestly surprised that so many commenters seem to have difficulty with this dough, which has never given me any trouble at all!

  11. 2 stars
    I put the ingredients together last night. The dough is still sitting in the refrigerator. But like some other reviews it is crumbly and hard to touch. I also felt like a liquid ingredient was missing.

    Maybe once I take it out of the refrigerator and roll it out it might be better? But at this point doesn’t seem like it would be so. Pretty confident my measurements were pretty close. While mixing I did feel like it was too much flour and that was after 2 cups of flour. Flour was flying everywhere while mixing it.

    Maybe the people experiencing this issue are using a certain type of flour or other ingredient others are not using? I am using dark brown sugar. Does the butter need to be melted prior? Mine was softened in the microwave in order to mix, but not melted

    1. I'm starting to wonder the same things, Lisa! It's so surprising to me that some commenters are having a hard time with this recipe because I have literally made this dozens of times without a problem, but it's more than one person who seems to be having difficulty while otherwise have no trouble whatsoever. But it definitely should seem like 2 much flour after just 2 cups of flour with this much butter, egg, and molasses!

      1. 5 stars

        I made the cookies and they came out GREAT!!! When I pulled the dough out of the fridge (sat overnight) it was pretty hard. At first thought the batch would be thrown away. Left it sit out for a couple hours and it softened up. Rolled it out without any issues. Each time I rerolled it I had to make it a tight ball to avoid the crumbling. But all worked out and tasted great! 🙂

        Btw Merry Christmas from Hercules. 🙂

      2. I just made this and its so crumbly, I followed the recipe, so I liked in the comments and saw here that you say 2 cups of flour, the recipe says 5 cups, so did I just ruin my batch of cookies by adding 3 extra cups of flour? Please HELP!

        1. No, it is definitely FIVE cups of flour, not just two. Every year I get a comment or two from someone struggling with this dough and so I make them again just to be sure, but it always turns out perfect with these exact measurements! I think some people see 1 CUP of butter and think 1 stick (which is just 1/2 cup). And I also think that people maybe lose count when measuring flour, or overmeasure. Many reviewers have great experiences with the dough, so I haven't yet figured out why some people seem to think that there is too much flour, when it has always turned out great for me (in more than a decade of making this recipe).

  12. Hi Lisa, I made this recipe and they turned out perfect! They were delicious! Will definitely be making them again

  13. Am going to try this one - made gingerbread for the first time yesterday and it was...~fine, but sort of light a fluffy cookies, if that makes sense? I want dense, dark and chewy, hoping this will be better, and with the right amount and mix of spices that mine had, which tasted good. Looking at other recipes they only put cinnamon and ginger in?? What??

  14. 5 stars
    I had made this recipe three times last year; everyone agreed they were the best gingerbread cookies. They were both soft and sweet with nice spice. This year however they turned out darker, harder and bitter. Still.good, but nothing like last years batches. I realized the only difference between the two yrs was this year I used blackstrap molasses (i bought it for its added iron) whereas last yr I used fancy. Lesson learned. After a bit of googling I've since learned blackstrap js mot recommended for sweets/baking and is better suited for bbq sauces and beans and such.
    Anyways, lol, I'll be remaking these again. They are seriously amazing when done proper.

    1. Thanks for the tip to steer clear of the blackstrap molasses! I'm glad you love these cookies and figured out the issue with the bad batch! I am going to have to update this post with that distinction!

      1. I think the people complaining anout the dry, crumbly dough, are mis-measuring thrir flour. The four should not be shaken down in the measuring cup. It should be lightly filled and levelled off with a knife. By shaking it down can give way too much flour, also a dry measuring cup should be used, not a liquid measuring cup. These are mistakes that beginners make but not usually people who have been baking for quite awhile.

  15. 4 stars
    I had some major issues trying to make this dough, although I will be honest I did not freeze it or put it in the fridge for 3 hours (only about 15 minutes in the freezer). I ended up adding shortening until I felt it was more dough like (150ml) and I am so glad I did. I was able to cook these right away for 8 minutes and they were absolutely perfection. So overall THANK YOU for this recipe I still love it even though I tweaked it a bit.

  16. 5 stars
    These are the best gingerbread cookies I ever made. The spices are perfect, I made it 7 days ago and it is still soft and yummy.
    Thank you.

  17. 5 stars
    These are so delicious! I had to transition to gluten free eating so I used King Arthur's cup for cup flour and it worked really well. My kids loved helping me cut these out and decorate them. They each chose their favorite ones to leave for Santa. Thank you so much!

  18. 5 stars
    I’ve done this recipe four times and I absolutely love the cookies. I always get a crumbly dry dough no matter what I do. However it’s not an impediment to making these cookies so thought I should post here and tell people what I do. Basically I just let the dough warm up in my hands and roll it out in parts as it gets warm. It takes a while as there is so much dough (and it’s quite hard and crumbly), but eventually it gets to be a warm ball in my hands and then soft and easy to roll. Once it’s all rolled out, the kids help cut it up (into dinosaur shapes usually). I don’t have them in the oven for long (our oven is hopelessly hard to gauge) and I usually just hover around the kitchen until I start to smell them (<10 mins). When I pull them out they are most delicious when a little bit warm and so the kids usually loiter around while I sprinkle icing sugar on them and then eat them warm 🙂

    I am not a baker and am generally hopeless at cooking (and have really crummy tools - mix by hand and a tiny old oven that heats unevenly).... yet despite this, these gingerbread cookies have worked out deliciously every time and are by far the best gingerbread cookies I’ve ever tasted! One time I had to substitute the molasses for maple syrup as I find Molasses notoriously difficult to find in my rural HK grocery store - the cookies came up a lighter colour, but were still delicious, soft and chewy (although I prefer the molasses version).

    I don’t bother with frosting and usually just sprinkle some icing sugar on top of them (the kids say it looks like snow which is quite a novelty for us). My whole family loves them, which came as a surprise because I wouldn’t have thought my kids (1, 2 and 4 y.o) liked the spicy flavours.... however I’m even holding them back from eating up the dough as we cut out the shapes 🙂

    Thank you very much for sharing the recipe

  19. Love your recipe and thinking of making some this evening I have one question on the butter is that salted butter or unsalted butter thank you so much happy holidays wish me luck

    1. I always use salted butter. I know many bakers swear by unsalted butter, but for me, it's just easier to always keep salted butter in the fridge. The only difference between the two is an additional 1/4 teaspoon of salt per stick of butter, and I don't find that makes a significant difference in most recipes.

  20. i loved the recipe, it made so many cookies and it was really easy to follow. i did not give it enough time to chill so i just added extra flour when rolling it out! we mad around 5 dozen cookies!

    1. I haven't used apple pie spice but I'm sure it would work alright. The flavor might be slightly different and not as strong of a ginger flavor, since I think apple pie spice probably relies more on cinnamon, but since the spices are all essentially the same it would probably be good. I would use 6 teaspoons, which is the total amount of spices in this recipe.

  21. These are perfect, thank you! I substituted butter for coconut oil though (kinder to the cows!) and they were still incredible. Just use equal parts coconut oil to butter. SO chewy, thanks for the recipe! xo

    1. I'm glad you found these tasty. Baking soda is correct. If yours weren't soft, try baking them for a minute or two less next time, because these definitely will turn out soft if you don't bake too long or overhandle the dough!

  22. I think the crumbly dough people have been getting can be partly prevented by ensuring the butter is at room temperature. That way it will incorporate better into the flour. Also, next time I will try 4 1/2 cups of flour because the dough barely fit into the bowl of my Kitchenaid stand mixer which probably also contributed to the problem of the wet and dry ingredients not mixing properly. 

  23. Love this recipe. I had never used molasses before, do not like the smell. As I was mixing I was thinking - these cookies are gonna be awful. Boy was I wrong! These are the best gingerbread cookies we have ever had, everyone loves them! Will be making a double batch this year. Thank you so much for sharing! 😊

  24. I just made the dough for the fridge. The smell of the molasses is throwing me off because I am used to a cinnamon smell when I think of ginger bread cookies. Will that smell subside tomorrow?

  25. Do you have to put it in the fridge? I will if absolutely necessary but I'm impatient and can't wait to try these lol!

    1. Hey Jessica! I feel you! So, no, you don't have to. BUT, it does make it easier to roll, and it does make it so the cookies don't spread as much. I still recommend it, but will confess to having cheated a time or two myself!

  26. I chose this recipe for a cookie platter fundraiser we are doing for Christmas. I’ve gotten so many compliments about how soft and delicious these cookies are. They are great! I have about 15 dozen more of them to bake by the 20th. I’m wondering if I can roll them and cut them out, then freeze them on parchment in an airtight container. Since the rolling and cutting takes up the most time, I think that would be more helpful than freezing whole batches of uncut dough. Thoughts? 

    1. Yes, I think that would work! I would cover them tightly with plastic wrap though to protect them in the freezer. That''s a lot of cookies you have to make!

  27. Ok. When i initially made this dough it turned out crumbly..i rolled it into 3 seperate balls and froze it. As i dont like to waste anything ..i tried adding a quarter of cup more of mollases to each ball of dough and mashed it up and got the sticky consistency i needed! All was saved and they turned out delicious!

    1. I'm so glad you pointed this out! Maybe it will help some of the folks who seem to struggle with this dough. I wonder if they are just mismeasuring their molasses or not scraping it out of the measuring cup.

  28. I just made these and they turned out awesome. I’m not really sure what’s with all the negative comments about the dough being crumbly. I think next time I will add more ginger as I felt they weren’t super gingery.. but that is just my personal preference 🙂 Great recipe!

    1. Lol, thank you for your comment and support of this recipe! I've wondered the same thing for years because there are always people who seem to struggle with this recipe and it turns out perfectly every single time for me and I've made this dozens of times over the years!

  29. I am always on the hunt for a cookie that is reminiscent of my childhood. The kind with a strong spice and molasses flavor. I just pulled my first tray out of the oven and couldn't wait to taste until they cooled . They are delicious!! I am glad I decided to make these. After reading through the reviews, I was hesitant and only made a half batch (which, by the way, made 48 two inch cookies.) My dough wasn't what I consider to be crumbly. It pressed together nice and I refrigerated it overnight. It was a little tough to roll out but held together well and wasn't too sticky at all. I'm not going to ice these as we rarely had iced cookies growing up so I cannot speak for that part of the recipe. For me, the spice level is nice--frankly, I could do with an even stronger molasses flavor. I will definitely share for people who are looking for, what I consider to be, a good old fashioned gingerbread. This recipe is a keeper!

    1. No, sorry - the dough would be much too soft for the gingerbread house to hold up. I have plans to share a gingerbread house post, but didn't get around to it this year!

  30. Soft gingerbread cookies,one cup how much it is 
    Is it small cup ,tall cup not sure how much use it with one egg and 1 teaspoon of soda please can somebody advice.Is this like 100g of flour or 200 grams?

  31. So I was really concerned when i put the dough to the fridge because no matter how hard I tried it would just crumble instead of ball... so i got it and there and let it sit for 3 hours because well thats what it said to do and ilI figured why not! After three hours i pulled it out and just as suspected... STILL CRUMBLY!!! 🤔 well that was 5 cups of flour and a cup of molasses going to waste... or was it? Simply added another egg did some mixing in the ninja and it was the finest dough to work with! Yielded a ton of cookies! Yummmmmmmm!

  32. I meticulously double counted my flour cups because I felt like I made a mistake, but my dog came out far too crumbly and under spiced. I added more butter and molasses, and doubled all the spices, plus extra ginger, and it's a bit better but not chewy really.

  33. Made these cookies last year, got so many compliments. Very good gingerbread and very easy to make! My dough wasn't crumbly, just like a sugar cookie dough before put in the fridge. Making them again for Christmas this year! Thanks for the receipe!

  34. I made this recipe yesterday, the dough did turn out crumbly, but I did tap the flour down in the cup, so probably ended up with too much. Noted for next time not to do that! Apart from that one thing these are wonderful, and taste perfect. I did leave out the cloves as I'm not fond of their flavor.

  35. After reading the comments of people struggling with crumbly dough, I decided to actually weigh my flour. 1 cup of flour = 120g, for a total of 600g. As I was scooping it onto my scale, it only took “4 cups” to reach the 600g! I am digging out of a flour bag so what I believe is happening is people are accidentally over measuring, due to compressing flour in their measuring cups. Cookies were flavourful, soft inside with crisp edges. Not at all spicy or dry. I hope this helps someone!

  36. I just made these cookies for the first time, and they came out wonderful. Soft and chewy, just like the recipe said they would be.
    I have a comment that might help others if you roll the dough to thin, then the cookies come out not as chewy. They're better if it’s on the thicker side. Then they are chewy and soft and wonderful.
    Thank you for the recipe, I’m making them again.