Leigh Beisch
Total Time
35 Mins
Makes 40 cookies

We love these frosted ginger cookies' soft texture and bright spice flavor.  Frosted ginger cookies are perfect for gifts and Christmas cookie swaps.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup granulated sugar with butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg and molasses.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and spices. Add to butter mixture and blend well.

Step 3

Fill a shallow bowl with granulated sugar. Break off walnut-size pieces of dough and roll into balls; roll balls in sugar. Arrange on greased cookie sheets and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to cooling racks.

Step 4

Meanwhile, make glaze: Combine powdered sugar with 1 tbsp. water and stir until smooth, then stir in lemon juice. Drizzle glaze over cookies.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Ratings & Reviews

John's take.

June 18, 2017
Easy and excellent! Loved the glaze.


December 15, 2017
I make these every year.  They are one of my family's favorite.  Really a yummy cookie!

i love these cookies soooo much

December 18, 2017
i made these on friday night for our annual cookie exchange on saturday - they were a hit!! i took first place!! i have never even come in top 3. these cookies are very easy to make and quite delicious, i think they will be my go-to cookie for the holidays from now on. 

swimfly's Review

December 14, 2011
these cookies were amazing!!! Everyone loved them! They stayed moist and chewy. I frosted some and left some plain to compare and my crowd all said the plain were very good but preferred the frosted. Definitely going to make again!!

Ralacey's Review

December 24, 2012
Thes were so easy to make and delicious! I agree that freezing the dough for 15 minutes before rolling in the sugar made it much easier.

box686's Review

December 21, 2009
These cookies are great. Easy to make and they stay fresh for a week (mine were gone after that).

Mellyhead's Review

December 09, 2009
I have made this recipe every year for Christmas and once for Valentines Day. These cookies are incredibly soft and the icing is the perfect touch. For the icing I omit the water and use fresh squeezed orange juice instead of lemon. And I usually omit the cloves and add just a little extra cinnamon.

Wiannu's Review

December 03, 2013
This recipe is wonderful! I am making tins and these cookies are definitely going in them. I did try making a batch with Splenda as a substitute... not the same effect :(

DIA2SYD's Review

October 05, 2010
Good flavor and texture, but not outstanding. Also, be very careful not to place them too low in the oven because they will brown very quickly.

Amypiper's Review

February 22, 2009
This recipe is awesome!! I make them without the frosting and always slightly undercook them. This time around I added milk chocolate chips to them. I have to say, I think this was the best batch yet! This cookie is always loved by everyone. It is one of our family's favorites.