Homemade Gingerbread Cookies for Christmas

Gina Lincicum
by Gina Lincicum
36 cookies
25 min

Christmas is a time for family, friends, and of course, homemade gingerbread cookies! The tradition of baking cookies dates back centuries, and there are many different recipes to choose from. We just love making cookies from scratch.

Whether you like your cookies soft and chewy or crisp and crunchy, there's a perfect gingerbread recipe out there for you. And what could be more festive than decorating your own homemade gingerbread cookies?

Whether you go for traditional icing and sprinkles or try our dipped chocolate version, decorating gingerbread cookies is a fun activity for kids and adults alike. So if you're looking for a festive activity to do with your family this Christmas, why not try your hand at making some homemade gingerbread cookies?

Stack of gingerbread cookies dipped in white chocolate with red and green sprinkles

Classic gingerbread cookies are a holiday favorite, and their popularity can be traced back to the 16th century. Early gingerbread was made with spices like ginger, cloves, and nutmeg, and it was often used as a medicinal remedy.

ingredients for homemade gingerbread cookies

However, over time, the recipe was adapted for use as a dessert, and it eventually became a Christmas tradition. Today, there are countless variations of gingerbread cookies, but the homemade variety will always be cherished as a part of Christmas tradition.

Rolled balls of gingerbread dough

Rather than a drop cookie, traditional gingerbread cookies are rolled into a ball, then rolled in granulated sugar before baking.

Baked gingerbread cookies on cooling rack

Decorating Cookies for Christmas

These traditional gingerbread cookies are absolutely delicious all on their own. But you can also decorate them to make them even more festive for Christmas.

Melt white chocolate and dip each cookie in halfway. Lay onto parchment paper, add some sprinkles or colored sugar, and let set before packaging or serving. If you prefer, drizzle the melted chocolate over the tops instead.

Homemade Gingerbread Cookies for Christmas
Recipe details
  • 36  cookies
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons ginger
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • extra sugar (for rolling)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, optional
  • red and green sprinkles, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Using a hand or stand mixer, mix softened butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and molasses until well combined.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt until well-combined.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well-combined.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and roll each in extra sugar.
Place dough balls on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 min. Cookies are done once they start to crack across the top.
If desired, decorate fully-cooled cookies. Melt 1 cup white chocolate chips in the microwave.
Dip half of each cookie in white chocolate and place on parchment paper.
Sprinkle with red and green sprinkles before the chocolate cools.
  • If you prefer, drizzle the white chocolate over the tops of the cookies instead of dipping each one.
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