Soft Gingerbread Cookies are one of my favorite parts of the holidays! These soft and chewy cookies have tons of flavor from the spices used and are decorated with a sweet and simple icing.

A close up of a soft gingerbread cookie decorated with icing.

Every year before Christmas all of the women in my family get together and make dozens of Soft Gingerbread Cookies. My Aunt Gaga makes huge batches of the dough and the rest of roll the dough out, cut cute little shapes, and then decorate until our fingers hurt. It is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.

A bunch of gingerbread cookie cut into all different shapes

Ingredients for Soft Gingerbread Cookies with Icing:

Ingredients for Gingerbread Cookies:

  • Vegetable Oil. This will add moisture to the cookies and make them extra soft.
  • Brown Sugar. Brown sugar adds a softer texture to the finished product.
  • Egg. It will be easier to incorporate the egg if it is at room temperature.
  • Molasses. This will help to keep the cookies soft while also adding flavor and color to the cookie dough.
  • Vinegar. This will help activate the baking soda and give the cookies more rise.
  • All-purpose Flour. Measuring the flour correctly is very important. I suggest weighing your flour out (I use this scale). If you want to use a measuring cup, make sure you spoon the flour into the cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t use the cup to scoop directly from the flour.
  • Baking Soda. This will help the cookies to rise.
  • Salt. Salt is a must in baked goods. It will help to balance out the sweetness and improve the overall flavor.
  • Ground Ginger.
  • Ground Cinnamon.
  • Ground Allspice.
  • Ground Cloves.

Ingredients for Icing:

  • Powdered Sugar. This will be the base of our icing and make it sweet.
  • Vanilla Extract. Vanilla will add a bit of flavor to our icing.
  • Heavy Cream. This will bring the icing together and make it pipable.
All of the ingredients needed for this recipe

How to make Soft Gingerbread Cookies:

Gingerbread Cookies

STEP 1: In a large bowl combine the oil and brown sugar. Mix until fully combined.

STEP 2: Beat in the egg, molasses, and vinegar until fully combined.

The wet ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP 3: In another bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Whisk to remove any lumps.

The dry ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP 4: Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. The dough will be thick. Chill the dough for 3 hours.

The completed dough in a bowl

STEP 5: Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. On a clean and floured surface, roll the dough out and cut out your desired shapes. You can reroll and continue to cut out any leftover dough.

STEP 6: Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before icing.

Icing

STEP 1: In a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar and vanilla. Slowly add the milk until you reach the desired consistency. I like my icing to be a bit thicker so it is easier to pipe.

STEP 2: Pipe or spread the icing on the gingerbread cookies.

Looking down on decorated soft gingerbread cookies

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

The perfect Soft Gingerbread Cookies with a sweet icing
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, Cookies, gingerbread, gingerbread cookies, iced cookies, soft gingerbread cookies
Servings: 5 dozen
Calories: 109kcal

Ingredients

For Cookies:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (213 grams) brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (340 grams) molasses
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 5 cups (600 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

For Icing:

  • 1 1/2 cup (170 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

Instructions

For Cookies:

  • In a large bowl combine the oil and brown sugar. Mix until fully combined.
  • Beat in the egg, molasses, and vinegar until fully combined.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves.
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Chill the dough for 3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • On a clean and floured surface, roll the dough out and cut out your desired shapes. You can reroll and continue to cut out any leftover dough.
  • Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before icing.

For Icing:

  • In a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Slowly add the milk and stop when you reach your desired consistency

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.5g | Protein: 1.2g | Fat: 3.8g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 8.4g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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