Easy cutout gingerbread cookie recipe

Easy Gingerbread cookies (no spread)

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Easy gingerbread cookies that do not spread when baked is like a dream come true. These gingerbread cookies are perfect for Holiday cookie decoration. These cookies are crispy and will stay put to have the perfect shape to decorate.

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Gingerbread house cutout cookies

the holiday season! Time to get your cookie decoration on! Believe it or not, this wasn’t a tradition I grew up with but I sure made it one as soon as I moved to the united states.

There is something extra special about being in the cold weather, sipping on some hot chocolate, and decorating some gingerbread cookies. It’s calming and it also lets your creative side shine.

This is the best easy no spread crispy gingerbread cookie recipe ever!

Yes! This gingerbread cookie recipe is one of my favorite. It is not soft though so if you are looking for soft cookies, this might not be the recipe for you. This is a crispy cookie recipe that doesn’t spread. Once you ice these cookie though, the cookie base will absorb some of the moisture from that icing and slightly soften.

I love these cookies because they have a balance of spices and stay put whenever you place them in the oven . This way I know before they come out of the oven how they will really look like.

Cutout gingerbread cookies

What does gingerbread taste like?

Gingerbread cutout cookies have a typical holiday-esque flavor. The main flavor profile comes from the molasses, then you get the flavor of the spices (cinnamon, ginger, allspice). After I made my Ginger molasses cookies recipe I found that the flavor is very similar to that with a way different texture.

Where did gingerbread men originate from?

This is a tough question because there are many articles saying different things but according to Carole Levin, the director of the medieval studies program at the University of Nebrasa-Lincoln, queen elizabeth I would serve royal gingerbread men to represent foreign dignitaries.

I can’t imagine how beautiful those must have been but as of right now, we do it to enjoy our time with our families and have a good time instead of trying to make the most beautiful masterpiece.

Here are some more holiday recipes you will love!

Ingredients for gingerbread cookies

Ingredients for gingerbread cookies

Here are the ingredients you need to make your gingerbread cutout cookies too:

  • Butter– You will need some softened butter for this recipe.
  • Brown sugar and granulated sugar– You will need both sugars
  • Vanilla extract– A little vanilla to elevate the flavors.
  • Egg– The egg is used to find evrything together.
  • Molasses– You will need unsuphured molasses to make these gingerbread men cookies
  • Flour– All purpose flour works great.
  • Spices– Cinnamon, ginger, and all spice are all used to give the spicy flavor in these cookies.
  • Salt– A little spirnkle of salt to balance out the sweetness.

How to make easy gingerbread cookies?

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 375F then line a large baking sheet with parchment paper then set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter, the brown sugar, and the granulated sugar just until it’s incorporated. Don’t cream the mixture for this recipe. Add in the egg, the vanilla, and molasses, and mix just until incorporated again. Add in the flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and salt and mix just until the flour disappears.
  3. Pour the cookie dough onto your work surface don’t worry if it’s crumbly, just press it together with your hands.) Roll the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4″ thickness. Using your cookie cutter, cut the cookie shapes that you want. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 9 minutes.
  4. Let the cookies cool completely before you can decorate them with royal icing and enjoy!

How to decorate easy gingerbread cookies

Here are some ideas on how you can decorate your gingerbread cookies at home and have fun doing it!

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I hope these gingerbread cookie decoration ideas were helpful and give you some inspiration to get creative next time you make cutout cookies. With these ideas you can decorate gingerbread cutout cookies but you can also decorate sugar cookies this way, just change the color of the royal icing.

To frost these easy gingerbread cookies use royal icing!

Easy cutout gingerbread cookie recipe

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No spread gingerbread cookies

No spread gingerbread men cookies (no chill)

These easy no spread gingerbread cookies are best for decorating. They retain their cutout form to make the pefect canvas.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 35 cookies
Calories 53 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg at room temperature.
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3 cup & 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Start by preheating the oven to 375F then line a large baking sheet with parchment paper then set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter, the brown sugar, and the granulated sugar just until it's incorporated. Don't cream the mixture for this recipe. Add in the egg, the vanilla, and molasses, and mix just until incorporated again. Add in the flour, cinnamon, ginger, all spice, and salt and mix just until the flour disappears.
  • Pour the cookie dough onto your work surface don't worry if it's crumbly, just press it together with your hands.) Roll the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4" thickness. Using your cookie cutter, cut the cookie shapes that you want. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 9 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool completely before you can decorate them with royal icing and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 54mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 123IUCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy gingerbread cookies, gingerbread, gingerbread cookies, molasses cookies
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