Don’t like crisp Gingerbread Cookies? These Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies are perfect for cookie cutters, and are soft and spiced perfectly.

Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies

Hello! It’s day 2 of Christmas Cookies Week 2018 and today I brought these Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies to the table. Honestly, I adore gingerbread. One of my favorite flavors in the world.

But I am not super crazy about hard or crisp gingerbread cookies. I want soft bites of spicy goodness. These Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies are the ticket!

Brielle feels the same way, so a couple of years ago, we set out trying to find a soft gingerbread cookie recipe and this is the one. It’s been tweaked and modified several times but this is the final amazingly delicious version! 

Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies

The dough rolls out nice and thick and makes these Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies perfect to use with your favorite holiday cookie cutters. 

I have a cookie cutter obsession and have a container that looks like a toy box, FULL of the little plastic and tin shapes.

Speaking of cookie cutters, huge shout out and big thanks to YumGoggle for being one of our awesome sponsors this week and providing some cookie cutters to play with.

After you’ve cut your shapes out, it’s time to get to decorating. Keep it simple or have a ball! 

Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies

Since pretty much everything I do, is with a toddler at my feet, Carsyn definitely had to get into the fun and so we made these easy to decorate.

We slathered on some icing and allowed him to go to town dipping and throwing handfuls of sprinkles all over the cookies. He’s actually a little compulsive and didn’t seem to like having any of the white showing from the frosting.

We had a few cookies that had been “over sprinkled” a little. But that’s ok. He had fun and I enjoyed doing it with him. It was his first time making cut out cookies and his first time decorating cookies. A fun holiday memory for sure! 

Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies

Speaking of Sprinkles…. do you see how cute these sprinkles are? One of my favorite places to get cute sprinkle mixes is Sprinkle Pop. They are the perfect sprinkles for our Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies.

We decided to simply ice the cookies and just sprinkle on the sprinkles, but you can certainly take your time to decorate them in a different way as well.

I might have had a little fun with the Christmas Tree’s. 😉

Before we get to making these Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies, I’d love to share our giveaway with you! 

Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies

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Soft Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies

Nicole Cook
Soft, spicy gingerbread perfect for cookie cutters. Taste like perfection, delicious and fun!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate Dough 1 hour 31 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 1 minute
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48
Calories 120 kcal


  • 5 cups all purpose
  • 1 ½ baking soda
  • ½ salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 cups molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Frosting for Cookies
  • Sprinkle Pop Sprinkle Mixes


  • Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  • In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add in the egg, molasses and vinegar. Beat until well blended.
  • Blend the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Divide the dough into two or three separate rolled large logs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Remove logs individually, and roll out dough with a rolling pin to desired thickness. The thinner you roll the dough, the crisper the finished cookie.
  • Cut our your shapes using cookie cutters and transfer to a prepared cookie sheet. Keep rolling out dough scraps
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest on sheet for a couple of minutes but no longer than 5. Move to cooling rack and allow to cool completely before decorating. Repeat with remaining dough until you’ve made all the cookies.
  • Once cookies are cooled, frost with frosting and sprinkle on sprinkles or decorate as desired.
  • I love these cookies with literally nothing on them, but they look incredibly adorable decorated so you do you!


Calories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 13mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 124IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy christmas cookies, easy cookie recipes
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  1. What does the vinegar do? Im a little apprehensive using it…it makes me gag just from the smell so the thought of eating it makes me nauseous.

    1. The acid from the vinegar tenderizes the dough without imparting an off-taste. It’s a secret of perfect soft gingerbread. I have never tasted the vinegar in this cookies ever. Hope that helps.

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