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Quick Gingerbread Cookies

Our quick gingerbread cookies only chill for 15 minutes! They are perfectly spiced, hold their shape and are perfect for decorating!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gingerbread cookies, gingerbread men, quick gingerbread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 142kcal


  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons water


  • Add molasses and shortening to a saucepan. Heat on medium heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
    pan with molasses and shortening simmering
  • In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, egg and vanilla with an electric mixer or Danish dough hook.
  • Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Pour into sugar/egg mixture and stir.
  • Add cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Stir.
    egg and sugar mixed with gingerbread spices in mixing bowl
  • Add hot molasses mixture and stir well.
    wet ingredients for gingerbread cookies in mixing bowl
  • Beat in flour.
    gingerbread cookie dough in mixing bowl
  • Allow dough to cool completely. You can speed this up by placing the bowl of dough (covered in plastic wrap) in the refrigerator for 15 mintues.
  • Roll dough out to 1/4-1/2" thick. Cut with cookie cutters.
    quick gingerbread cookie dough rolled out and cut out with cookie cutters
  • Bake cookies on an ungreased (or parchment paper lined) baking sheet at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool a few minutes then transfer cookies to cool on wire rack.
    unfrosted gingerbread cookies baked

Decorating Gingerbread Cookies

  • Combine powdered sugar and water. Add 1/2 teaspoon more water at a time, if necessary until desired consistency has been achieved. I like mine on the thicker side, not runny.
    Fill a frosting bag with icing and a #5 frosting tip (or make a small slit in the corner to decorate without an icing tip) and outline cookies. Let sit for 5-10 minutes or until icing sets up.
    hand piping icing on quick gingerbread cookies



If you'd like to add sprinkles, do so right after icing, before the icing sets up. Decorating sugar would be pretty sprinkled over the snowflake cookies!
Gingerbread cookies stay fresh longer than your basic chocolate chip cookie. You can store them in an airtight container at least a week and in the freezer up to six months!


Calories: 142kcal