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Gingerbread Critter Cookies

Photo: Kat Teutsch; Styling: Jerrie-Joy for Pat Bates and Associates

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 40 mins

Yield 14 squirrel-shaped cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

Adorable squirrel-shaped cookies make a fun addition to your autumn table. 


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg yolk

Nutrition Information

  • calories 189
  • fat 7 g
  • satfat 4 g
  • protein 2 g
  • carbohydrate 30 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 31 mg
  • sodium 111 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk first 7 ingredients. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add molasses and egg yolk; beat until smooth. Add dry ingredients on low speed, until just combined. Pat dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours (up to 2 days).

  2. Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Lightly flour work surface and rolling pin. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out cookies and arrange on baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Gather dough scraps and cut out more cookies to fill sheets.

  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cookies cool on sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cook completely. Repeat to bake remaining dough.