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Gingerbread Spice Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are perfect for the festive season!
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Chilling time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 to 18 cookies (depending on size)
Calories: 335kcal
Author: Eden


Gingerbread Spice Sugar Cookies

  • 10 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Royal Icing Recipe

  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 8 tablespoons warm water more or less depending on consistency


Gingerbread Spice Sugar Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat the butter until soft and fluffy.
  • Add in the sugar and beat for another 3 minutes on high.
  • Add in the egg and egg yolk and beat on high for another 2 minutes.
  • Beat in the vanilla.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a bowl.
  • With the mixer on low add in the flour mixture. Mix for a minute and then finish with a spatula. You don't want to overwork the flour.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Roll the dough out with flour to cut cookie shapes.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes. Let them cool before you frost.

Royal Icing Recipe

  • Beat all of the ingredients above on high for a few minutes.
  • The goal of this frosting is to to get a consistency that won't spread when creating an outline, but blends perfectly for filling in the center... sounds easy right? If it's too thick add a little more water (like 1 teaspoon at a time) and if it's too thin add more powdered sugar.
  • Remove 1 cup of the frosting and set aside to dye red. The remaining white frosting can be placed in a pipping bag with a small round tip.
  • Place the red in a piping bag with an even smaller round tip.

To Decorate the Cookie

  • You have to work fast with this design because the frosting dries quickly. The white frosting needs to be wet in order to create this design. So I decorated one side of the cookie fully before moving to the next.
  • Outline and fill in one side with white frosting.
  • Make a zigzag line down the snowflake sides. Then, gently run a knife straight down the middle. That's it!


Recipe adapted from Dori Greenpan's book of Baking


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.9mg