Y’all, these gingerbread cookies will be sure to spice up your Christmas!

With Christmas, comes cookie swaps and recipe exchanges. This year, I’ve decided to not pass up the opportunity to participate in my company’s cookie contest this week. These cookies are sure to dazzle on any decorative platters. They’re delicious when hot out of the oven and even a few days later. Here’s hoping my baking skills will make the cookie contest judges swoon!

Gingerbread cookies aren’t typically my holiday go to, but these have been a hit at three different parties so far. There’s not much that can beat this warm and mushy cookie coupled with its ginger aroma filling the air!

[Recipe originally from Dinner then Dessert]
Time Commitment: 3 hours prep time (mainly to chill the dough) and 10 minutes cook time.
Makes: 36 cookies
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (to roll the dough in right before baking)

1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, ground ginger, banking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, salt)

2. In a blender, mix together the butter and sugar. To soften the butter, I leave it out on the counter for about an hour or two before I start baking. If you’re short on time, you can soften it in the microwave, but I find softening ahead of time makes for better consistency.

3. Add in the egg and beat until fully mixed.

4. Add in the orange juice and molasses.

5. Slowly pour in the dry ingredients. Blend until all mixed together.

6. Chill the dough for 2-3 hours. This keeps the dough from becoming too sticky.

7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

8. Add the final 1/4 cup of sugar to a small bowl. Roll the dough into 2 inch balls, then roll around in the sugar. (This adds a bit of crunch to the cookies, yum!) Flatten and space 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then let cool

Enjoy with your family, or package a few up and share them with your neighbors!

Merry Christmas!