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Gingerbread People Cookies

The first thing I think of with holiday cookies is gingerbread because making gingerbread is such a good Thanksgiving activity too. These cookies have such a nice deep molasses flavor and are nice and fluffy thanks to cake flour! Be warned, the dough is a wet one, so make sure you have extra flour on hand for rolling. If gingerbread isn’t enough, consider making ginger molasses cookies (cakey or crispy and chewy).

Total time (including baking): 1.5 hours. Makes many cookies.

Materials: 1 mixing bowl; measuring vessels; cookie tray(s). Missing materials or ingredients? Look here.

Ingredients (Substitutions):


  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Extra flour for rolling dough


  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Milk to a good consistency
  • (Optional) food coloring


  1. Take out the and egg to warm slightly. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine 3 cups cake flour, 3 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp ginger, ½ tsp cloves, 1 tsp all spice, and ½ tsp salt.
  3. In a larger mixing bowl, combine 8 tbsp softened butter, ⅔ cup molasses, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1 egg.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Roll out on a well-floured surface and shape.
  5. Bake at 375˚F for ~12 minutes until cooked. Let cool completely before icing. (For the icing, I usually wing it with a combination of confectioner’s sugar, milk, and food coloring.)

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