Classic Gingerbread Cutouts

Classic Gingerbread Cutouts


"These cookies are so versatile! They are delicious, naturally low-fat, and even make terrific Christmas ornaments that keep for years. Royal Icing is best for decoration. CAUTION: These cookies have a way of disappearing!"

Ingredients 1 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 153 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 153 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 3 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 29.8g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 80 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the molasses and eggs. Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger; beat into the molasses mixture. Gradually stir in the remaining flour by hand to form a stiff dough.
  3. Divide dough into 2 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. In a medium bowl, sift together confectioners' sugar and cream of tartar. Blend in egg whites. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat for about 5 minutes, or until mixture is thick and stiff. Keep covered with a moist cloth until ready to frost cookies.
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This was a great recipe, but I have some tips for others wanting to make the recipe. The taste, I thought, was great but you could add more spices if you want to. (Just look at other gingerbread recipes to find out an average) Also, some people were complaining about the crunchiness of the cookies. I noticed that too, but then I stopped rolling the dough so thin and they came out nice, gingery and somewhat soft and tasty!


I made these cookies for Christmas this year. I found that rolling the dough 1/4" instead of 1/8" made the cookies softer and more fun to decorate. My daughter decorated the cookies, putting two together with an "I Love Mom & Dad" theme (as seen in the photo). I am not the best baker, an have minimal experience with rolling dough, but I learned three things from making this batch of cookies. 1. Put more than a thin layer of flour on the board before rolling the dough. My first attempt had the dough sticking to the board because I used a light dusting of flour. 2. Brush off the flour from the bottom of the cookies before eating them. They taste MUCH better that way. 3. I used the Reynolds Parchment Paper on the cookie sheet for the first time. I really like the results that I had. The cookies didn't stick to the sheet and it didn't allow over cooking the bottom of the cookies.


This made a beautiful gingerbread house! I used the template on this website and did the recipe exactly as it says to here. It made a gingerbread house and quite a few large gingerbread people. This was so easy and looks pretty. :) A note though: the frosting recipe is a good one, but it must be used fresh. If you're making your house over several days time, then just make enough of the frosting for that day.