Get ready to fill your home with the aroma of Christmas – the gingerbread cookie recipe is a holiday must-try!

Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

No Christmas celebration feels complete without gingerbread cookies’ charm and delight.

There’s something exceptional about gathering with family or friends, especially the little ones, around the kitchen table. The rolling pin thuds gently against the dough, spreading the scent of spices through the air. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves mingle with the rich, sweet aroma of molasses, creating an unmistakable Christmas fragrance.

Why do People Make Gingerbread Cookies for Christmas?

Nostalgic: Each gingerbread man, with its sweet spiced aroma and familiar shape, evokes memories of childhood and the magic of past Christmases.

Fun and Easy: This recipe is wonderfully simple, making it a joy to bake. The ingredients are likely already in your pantry – flour, spices, molasses, and baking essentials like eggs and butter. The process is straightforward, but the joy it brings is immense. From mixing the dough to cutting out the shapes and finally decorating them, each step is filled with fun and anticipation.

Perfect for Gifting: Packaging gingerbread men with a festive touch and sharing them is a heartwarming way to spread holiday cheer. Whether it’s for teachers, friends, neighbors, or classmates, these cookies make for a thoughtful and personal gift.

Kid-friendly: Involving kids in the kitchen to make gingerbread men is a wonderful way to create holiday memories. It’s an activity that engages their creativity and gives them a sense of accomplishment. Kids love rolling out the dough, choosing cookie cutters, and especially decorating their gingerbread creations with icing and candies.

Using an air fryer for gingerbread cookies is a quick and convenient alternative to traditional oven baking.

typhur dome large air fryer

In this recipe, we are using the Typhur Dome large air fryer, which not only saves time but also offers the convenience of baking a large number of cookies at once. It’s an excellent way to enjoy baking during the busy holiday season, ensuring you have plenty of delicious treats for family and friends.

Expert Tips for Making Gingerbread Cookies

Making gingerbread cookies is a delightful holiday tradition, and a few expert tips can elevate your baking experience, ensuring your gingerbread cookies are as delicious as they are charming.

Chill the Dough: After preparing the dough, it’s crucial to chill it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours. Chilled dough is much easier to roll out and holds its shape better when cut into figures. This step prevents the dough from sticking and keeps your gingerbread men from losing their shape during baking.

Roll Evenly: For uniform baking, roll your dough to an even thickness. You can use rolling pin rings or spacers to ensure consistency. Thicker cookies will be softer, while thinner ones will be crisper.

Decorate After Cooling: Allow your gingerbread cookies to cool completely before decorating. If you decorate them while they’re still warm, the icing may melt and decorations could slide off.

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Gingerbread Cookies

The perfect cookie recipe to try and share with your friends or family this Christmas.
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Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 12 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 786 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For Gingerbread Dought

  • 3 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Unsalted Butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Molasses
  • 1 pic Egg
  • Vanilla Extract

For the lcing

  • 1 pic Egg White Pasteurization
  • 8.9 oz Confectioners Sugar
  • 0.5 oz Water

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, sift the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Next, in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and light brown sugar on medium speed until it becomes fluffy. After that, add the molasses, egg, and vanilla extract into the mixture, then continue to mix until all ingredients are well combined. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Following this, gradually add the sifted flour mixture into the mixer, continuing to blend until you form a consistent dough. Finally, wrap the formed dough in plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before cooking.
    3 cup All Purpose Flour, 2 tsp Ginger Powder, 2 tsp Cinnamon Powder, 1/4 tsp Baking Soda, 1/2 tsp Nutmeg Powder, 1/4 tsp Salt, 3/4 cup Unsalted Butter, 3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar, 1/2 cup Molasses, 1 pic Egg, Vanilla Extract
  • Combine the confectioners’ sugar and pasteurized egg whites in the mixer, blending at a medium speed. Slowly introduce water into the mixture, adjusting consistency to your preference. Once achieved, transfer the icing to a piping bag and set it aside for later use.
    1 pic Egg White, 8.9 oz Confectioners Sugar, 0.5 oz Water
  • Prepare two sheets of baking paper on your working place. Take a suitable amount of dough and place it between the two sheets of baking paper. Using the rolling pin, roll the dough out to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Refrigerate or freeze the dough for later use.
  • Take the chilled dough out of the refrigerator and use cookie cutters to cut out the desired shapes. Place them on a baking sheet, cover, and return to the refrigerator to firm up for approximately 15-20 minutes. Roll out the remaining dough scraps and repeat the process with the other portion of dough.
  • Pull out the tray from the Typhur Dome, and line the bottom of the basket with a layer of aluminum foil to make it more even, which will help the cookies maintain a better shape during baking. On the top of aluminum foil, line a layer of parchment to keep cookies from sticking.
  • Carefully place the cookies in the cooking tray. Return the tray back to the Typhur Dome.
  • Select the "Roast" mode, set the temperature to 340°F, and bake for 12 minutes.
  • Remove the cookie from the tray.
  • Snip a small opening in your icing-filled piping bag. Use it to outline and embellish the surface of your cookies, or opt to decorate them with your favorite candies as per your taste.

Nutrition PER SERVING

Calories: 786kcalCarbohydrates: 139gProtein: 7gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 84mgPotassium: 537mgFiber: 2gSugar: 89gVitamin A: 713IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 5mg

(Nutrition information is calculated automatically by Spoonacular API and should be considered an estimate.)