Gingerbread is a holiday staple for many people. The dough gets its classic flavour profile from molasses and the cookies also have a chewy profile. You'll want to make sure not to overbake them as it's hard to tell when they are done with the dough already being dark. I also want to warn you that this really is a chewy cookie recipe, so don't go baking them longer to make them crispy, it won't happen (ask me how I know...)
The dough needs an hour to chill before rolling, so just pop it in your fridge. If it's already cold by you like it is here, you can just set it outside on the deck like we do. (in a sealed bowl! beauty of the bosch mixer). I love having that extra space to chill food this time of year.
You can decorate these however you like, or eat them straight. This time I chose to use a simple buttercream frosting and let the kids go to town on decorating with leftover Halloween candy.
Does anyone really like decorating cookies with kids? I'll admit it took me quite a few years to get to that place. Cutting out cookies can be a great way to connect with your family, but don't worry if you're still in that stressful place with them. Keep in mind that most kids like to decorate with as much candy or sprinkles they can fit, so I find that limiting the types of decorations I offer can help. Or I will ice them, and then they get to put the decorations on.
Honey Sweetened Gingerbread Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened/at room temp
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup molasses*
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat honey, molasses and butter until well combined, scraping the bowl a few times if needed. Add in egg, vanilla, salt and spices, mix well. Mix in flour until well combined.
- It will still be a little sticky but scoop it into a container and chill for 30-60 minutes (If it ends up in fridge overnight, you may need to let it sit on counter a bit to warm up as it may be too firm…)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Divide dough in half and roll dough out on a floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Cut out your desired shapes, transfer to cookie sheets lined with parchment or silpats. Re-roll scraps and cut out some more!
- Bake for 8 minutes, turn trays around, and bake another 5 minutes; its hard to see if the edges are browned.
- Cool, decorate to your hearts content, and enjoy!
- *If you have strong blackstrap molasses, you may want to sub the ¼ cup molasses for 2 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoon molasses unless your family loves strong molasses flavour.
- Makes 4 half sheet pans of cookies, depending on cookie size.