The best gingerbread cookies!

Shhhhh… don’t tell anyone, but I have a secret…  These are the first gingerbread cookies I’ve ever made.   I was searching for the kind where I could make cute little gingerbread men to decorate, because I thought that would be a fun activity to do with the kids.  But I stumbled across this recipe instead:  Big Soft Gingerbread Cookies from I never thought I’d be a gingerbread cookie fan, but these are AMAZING.

The BEST Soft Gingerbread Cookies - These are seriously delicious, and they make the house smell amazing!

I love choosing recipes where at least a couple hundred people have reviewed it with 5 stars.  This one had over 3600 five star reviews!  You’ve gotta trust the masses!  So I had to give it a try.

I adapted the recipe slightly and made these gingerbread cookies a few nights ago and they were absolutely delicious!  It made about 2.5 dozen cookies and they disappeared within 2 days.  And I’m not even a cookie fan!

They are moist and soft and perfectly spiced, and even though I didn’t expect myself to become a gingerbread cookie fan, I’m craving them already and as soon as I get the time I’m going to make them again!  They really are the best!

The BEST Soft Gingerbread Cookies - These are seriously delicious, and they make the house smell amazing!

Big Soft Ginger Cookies
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses.
  4. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture.
  5. Shape dough into 1" (25mm) sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 4 tablespoons of sugar.
  6. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven.
  8. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Store in an airtight container.


The BEST Soft Gingerbread Cookies - These are seriously delicious, and they make the house smell amazing!

One Little Project’s review = a BIG 5 stars!  Just a word of advice – If you are making these for the first time, be prepared to eat them.  A lot of them. You might have to make another batch if you had planned to take them somewhere.

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  • Monique

    These cookies look awesome and delish! I cannot wait to bake a batch of your yummy cookies. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Julie

    I made these last night and 3 of us sat here and ate the whole pan! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe!

  • elaina

    yummy… a link to print this would be GREAT!

    • Debbie @ One Little Project

      Thanks Elaina! I didn’t realize this recipe didn’t have a printable recipe, so I just added one. Hope that helps!

  • kim

    I can attest that the dough is absolutely delicious (yes I took a lick!) but I am having a really tough time working with it. I put it in the fridge overnight and am going to try to roll it into the balls tonight. Any suggestions as to why mine was so goopy/runny? I reread the recipe and didn’t miss a step!

    • Debbie @ One Little Project

      That’s tricky! I’ve made the recipe many times and I’ve never had goopy dough. All I can think of is that maybe the brand of molasses was runnier than other brands? Maybe rolling them in extra sugar would help? I hope they still cook up well for you!

      • kim

        Thanks for the feedback. I wasn’t able to roll them but I did scoop out the dough by the spoonful onto the baking sheet and then sprinkled the sugar on top. They came out great.

  • Kelly

    Just a little addition, add a Hershey’s hug or kiss, whatever your preference, as soon as they are removed from the oven !!!!