Gingerbread Cookies

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Recipe Information

Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara


1/2 cup margarine or shortening
1/2 cup brown or white sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
3 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 – 1/3 cup water


Cream margarine and sugar. Beat in molasses. Sift together dry ingredients and add alternately with 1/4 cup water (1/3 cup for molding cookies).

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4″. Cut to desired shapes and place about 1″ apart on baking sheet. Keep trays of approximately equal sized cookies or some will be done before others.

Bake at 350 °F for 8-12 minutes depending on size and thickness. Remove to rack and coll. Decorate with sprinkles or sugar before baking, or with decorative icing after cooled.


This dough can be held for a few days tightly wrapped in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before working with it.

If decorating with sprinkles before baking, brush lightly with water to get the sprinkles to stick.

You can decorate these cookies with Mock Royal Icing or Vanilla Glaze Icing

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Butter and Margarine: Butter is a dairy product made from cow’s milk. Margarine typically contains milk or soy, but there are milk-free and soy-free versions available.
Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions.
Milk and Soy Substitutions: Alternative dairy-free milk beverages and products will work in most recipes. Find out more about milk substitutions and soy substitutions.

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