Classic gingerbread


  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time1 hr 30 mins
  • Makes90 to 95 cookies
Classic gingerbread

Photo: Erik Putz

Gingerbread cookies are a staple during the holidays. Bake these up with some sugar, spice and everything nice, and then get the whole family together for an afternoon of decorating.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour, divided

  • 4 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp allspice

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses


  • Whisk 2 cups flour with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.

  • Beat butter with brown sugar in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, until fluffy, 2 min. Beat in egg and molasses.

  • Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until dough is no longer sticky but still soft. Divide dough into 4 portions. Shape each into a ball, then flatten slightly into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 min.

  • Position rack in centre of oven, then preheat to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Roll out 1 disc of dough on a floured surface until ⅛ in. thick. Cut into shapes using desired cookie cutters. Transfer to prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake until deep brown around edges and firm to the touch, about 7 min. (Larger cut-outs may require more baking time.) Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely. Cool sheets slightly between batches. Repeat with remaining discs. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month.

  • Decorate with royal icing, or as desired.

Nutrition (per cookie)

Calories 40, Protein 1g, Carbohydrates 6g, Fat 2g, Sodium 21mg.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent November/December 2021 issue. Photo by Erik Putz.

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