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  • Writer's pictureMadison Koutrouba

Spooky Gingerbread Cookies

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

Gingerbread Cookies have always been my absolute favorite around Christmas. Who says you can't have them in October for Halloween?! Or in this case....August 31st ๐Ÿ˜‚ This recipe is super easy!

This recipe only makes 8-10 cookies rolled out to 1/4" thickness. If you want more you can double the batch!

Use the video below to help guide you:


  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground ginger

  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp. allspice

  • 1/8 tsp. salt

  • 1/4 tsp. cloves

  • 6 Tbsp. salted butter (softened)

  • 6 Tbsp. dark brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup molasses

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Royal Icing Recipe (for decorating): Click Here


  1. Starting with the dry ingredients, whisk together the flour and alllllll of the spices listed below it until well combined then set aside.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter and brown sugar until smooth with no lumps.

  3. Add the molasses to the butter mixture and continue to mix until everything is nicely combined. Whisk in the egg and vanilla.

  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix together until you have a nice dough formed. It might get hard to mix, you can always pour your contents out on to the table and bring everything together using your hands.

  5. Once you have a nice, evenly mixed gingerbread dough, wrap it with plastic wrap and shape it into a disc then place in the fridge for 1 hour.

  6. After 1 hour, let the dough sit out at room temp for about 10-15 minutes before you begin rolling so you don't break your hands trying to roll our hard dough.

  7. Roll the dough out to 1/4" thickness.

  8. Cut out all of your gingerbread shapes. You can take the scraps and re-roll them until you have used up all of the dough. Place the cookies about 1 1/2" apart, they will spread just a litttttle bit.

  9. Bake the cookies for 8-12 minutes or until they are soft to the tough on the top without being too doughy that your finger makes a big impression.

  10. Let the cookies cool completely before decorating.

  11. Decorate them however you wish! You can refer to the video above to see how I made my gingerbread cookies look like skeletons. I used royal icing to decorate mine which you can find the recipe to by clicking here.

  12. Enjoy!!


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