25 Days of Cookies: A Must-Have Gingerbread Cookie

Here’s a gingerbread cookie recipe that is kid-friendly and not too spicy. Perfect for kids of all ages!
A holiday classic: Gingerbread Cookies by FamilySpice.com

How does the nursery rhyme go? “Run, run as fast you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

Yup, my youngest, my Princess is in kindergarten. And this is the time of the year that most kindergarteners read the tale of the Gingerbread Man. In my daughter’s class, they also read about the Gingerbread Girl, the Gingerbread Boy and who knows how many other great Gingerbread folk. So, it shouldn’t have been a great surprise what cookie I brought for her class to decorate for their Holiday Party!

I’ve never made my kids gingerbread cookies before. They’ve had it before and they didn’t care for it. So, I suppose I decided that it was too “spicey” for them and I never tried to bake it.

But this year, I wanted to make gingerbread cookies for my daughter’s class and I was on a mission to hunt down a kid-friendly gingerbread cookie recipe. And my trusty Family Circle magazine, came to the rescue!

I made a trial batch around Thanksgiving and tested them on my kids. All three devoured these cookies. Even my finicky Middle-Child loved them. Maybe these cookies have some magical powers I’m unaware of???

A holiday classic: Gingerbread Cookies by FamilySpice.com

I made about 40 giant gingerbread boys and girls for the class party and about 30 smaller sized cookies to pack up for gift bags. The house smelled amazing! Hubby made the comment, “The house is a wreck, but it sure smells good!”

Well, I’ll get back to the housework once the baking is done, but yeah, the house sure does smell good…

Kid-Friendly Gingerbread Cookies

A real holiday favorite that is not overly spicy & friendly for kids of ALL ages! Recipe adapted from Family Circus, November 2009

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cloves, ground
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 TBS ginger, ground
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, dark, packed
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 TBS all-purpose flour

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together:
    • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
    • 1/2 tsp cloves, ground
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 TBS ginger, ground
  2. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix until creamed:
    • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted , softened
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar, dark , packed
  3. Add to the butter mixture and mix in:
    • 1 egg, large
  4. Mix in:
    • 1/2 cup molasses
  5. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture, and beat until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  6. Divide the dough in half, wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  8. Sprinkle surface where you will roll out the dough:
    • 1 TBS all-purpose flour
  9. Remove one wrapped pack of dough from the refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar and roll out dough to 1/8-inch thick.
  10. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 mins. to chill.
  11. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment paper or silicone baking mat, and bake for 9 minutes for smaller shapes and 12 minutes for larger ones, or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges.
  12. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to a cooling rack.
  13. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: These are mildly flavored and geared for younger taste buds. You can increase or decrease the amount of spices used to your personal taste.

Prep Time:

Yield: 36 cookies

Cook Time:

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Kid-Friendly Gingerbread Cookies Detail

2015 Update: These cookies are made with butter. I have recently reworked the recipe for an even BETTER tasting cookie: The Olive Oil Gingerbread Cookie.

A holiday classic: Gingerbread Cookies by FamilySpice.com

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