Aunt Nancy’s Famous Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies


My Aunt Nancy has always made the most delicious gingerbread cookies.  One year we used this recipe to build homemade gingerbread houses, and since then we’ve had an annual gingerbread party where the whole family makes and decorates the cookies together. There’s always been a ridiculous amount of cookies in the house during the holidays, and now with all the gingerbread it truly feels like a cookie factory, and my family–a bunch of cookie elves!  This would be a great activity for a kids holiday party, or even for a bunch of adults who love to act like kids. 😉

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Gingerbread Cookies (Difficulty: Medium; Makes 6-8 dozen cookies depending on size of cookie cutters)

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 cup molasses
2 Tbsp. vinegar
5 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp.  salt
 1 Tbsp. ginger
1 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves

rolling pin

holiday cookie cutters

Chill dough at least 3 hours or overnight.  When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Flour a large clean working space and use a floured rolling pin to roll out the dough into an even sheet. Be careful not to make the dough too thin or the edges of the cookies may burn. Press cookie cutters into dough and place cut-out shapes onto a large cookie sheet.   Bake 5-6 minutes.

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Buttercream frosting: (Difficulty- Easy; Makes enough to frost 6-8 dozen cookies)

1 stick unsalted butter

3-4 cups granulated sugar

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

1-2 Tbsp. milk

food dye in various colors

Using a stand or handheld mixer, cream butter and sugar on low speed until well incorporated. Add vanilla and milk and beat until frosting is smooth. Choose as many colors of food dye as you wish and divide frosting into separate bowls. This year my mom got fancy and bought a dye set at Michael’s with ten different colors. It was fun to experiment and have some new colors. I especially liked the teal, of course. Add drops of dye and mix well until you reach each desired color. Spoon frosting into piping bags with couplers and frosting tips. Let the decorating begin!!




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