Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Karen Tack
Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
12 Mins
Chill Time
4 Hours
about 3 dozen (serving size: 2 cookies)

Gingerbread cookies are a classic holiday cookie. Dress these men up with green and red candies for festive attire.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices and salt. In another large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream together butter and shortening. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in molasses and egg. Scrape down sides of bowl, then stir in flour mixture to form a stiff dough. Divide dough in half. Form into 2 disks, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or up to overnight.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350ºF; line 2 large baking sheets with parchment. Roll out 1 disk of dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out cookies with a 3-inch cutter and place 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Gather scraps and re-roll to form more cookies. Repeat with remaining dough disk.

Step 3

Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, switching sheets top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Cool cookies on baking sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookies.

Ratings & Reviews

charoulli's Review

March 08, 2012
I tried a couple of gingerbread cookie recipes this year, and this wasn't the best. The cookies came out really dark and the flavors very intense. Too intense for our taste. I will be keeping the other recipe, but if you like your cookies very spicy, then this recipe is it.