Lemon Grove Lane

homemade gingerbread cookies

Isn’t it interesting how certain taste treats can instantly take you back to your childhood?  My mom made Gingerbread Cookies when I was growing up and I carried on the tradition with my own family.  To this day, Gingerbread Cookies rank #1 on our list of holiday favorites.  We like to make big, soft, chewy cookies and frost them with Royal Icing.

A few tips:

1.  As you roll out your dough, use just enough flour to keep the cookies from sticking to your rolling surface.  Too much flour will make your cookie heavy and cakey tasting.

2. If you want a moist, chewy cookie, make your cookies a little thicker.

3.  Don’t overcook.  I pull mine out when the top is cooked and the cookie is still soft.

_______________ Shop this Post _______________

Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links with Reward Style which means I may receive a small commission if you click on a link and purchase something.  All of these items reflect my personal style and I have either bought these products or would purchase them for my home.  Clicking on a link to an item does not obligate you to anything or cost any money but it does help keep our site up and running.  Thank you so much for being here!

Gingerbread Cutout Cookie


These are soft and chewy!  I started making these cookies when my kids were toddlers and they are still number one on our holiday cookie list!

*Recipe was adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

  • 1/2 cup Shortening (melted) (I use Spectrum vegetable shortening)
  • 1/4 cup Butter (soft) ( I use Kerrygold)
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg (Large)
  • 1/2 cup Molasses ( I add an extra Tbsp.)
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar)
  1. In a large bowl, mix butter and melted shortening.
  2. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
  3. Mix until well blended.
  4. Add egg, molasses, and vinegar.
  5. Blend until well combined (dough will be slightly crumbly).
  6. Form two balls, wrap in saran wrap, and refrigerate for an hour or so.
  7.   Flour rolling surface and roll out dough to about a quarter inch thick. Cut out cookies and place on parchment lined cookie tray.
  8.   Flour rolling surface and roll out dough to about a quarter inch thick.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees F. until top is done.
- Leslie

- Leslie

Welcome to Lemon Grove Lane, where I share seasonal recipes and heartfelt home inspiration, all curated to nurture the art of a well-lived life.

Please note: This post may include affiliate links, which contribute to the support of my blog efforts at no extra cost to you.

11 Responses

  1. Hi Leslie, I have been enjoying your holiday posts and instagram photos! I agree that things can get a little chaotic with animals underfoot. When I babysit my toddler granddaughter it is like a three ring circus over there with her running around and a hyper boxer added to the mix. :o) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Hi Linda! Enjoy the time with your grandbaby;) Just when you finally get to bring out all the “grown up” decor .. it needs to be put out of reach or away when the grand babies arrive! Enjoy every moment and have a wonderful holiday season. xox

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Shop on Amazon

you'll also love

Looking for something?