How to Make Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

Tis the season! There’s nothing quite like the aroma of warm, spiced gingerbread to fill your home with the magic of the holidays.   

But what if you don’t have the time to make all of those holiday goodies from scratch this year? Don’t worry! You can still make fresh-baked gingerbread cookies – with a little help.

In fact, it only takes a few simple ingredients.

Easy as 1-2-3: Holiday Gingerbread Cookies
Here’s how to stir up a little sugar and spice, complete with step-by-step photos. You can also see the full cookie recipe here »

Step 1: Let’s Dough
Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine Maple Iced Gingerbread Mix packet 1 with ½ cup (1 stick) softened butter and a large egg.

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Roll up your sleeves, and knead the dough into a ball. Add a couple tablespoons water as needed until it comes together.

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Lightly flour your work surface. Roll out half the dough to ¼-inch thickness. Using festive cookie cutters, cut out dough and place cookies at least 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. (Tip: I always use parchment paper on my cookie sheets to avoid sticking and ensure even baking.)

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Again, be sure to allow plenty of space between your cookies, since they will puff and expand slightly.  

Step 2: Bake Your Gingerbread
Bake 7-9 minutes or until the edges start to darken. Remove from oven. Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

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Repeat with remaining dough, and let cookies cool completely. 

Step 3: Ice, Ice Baby
Now the fun part! Decorate your gingerbread cookies with icing and sprinkles. (If you have kiddos, this is the perfect time to invite your little elves to help, too.) Serve with ice-cold glasses of milk. 

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Check out tons of other sweet holiday treat recipes on our website, too. From cakes to cookies, they’re sure to keep you on the “nice” list!

Happy baking, and happy holidays, my friends!

- Jen

Tips & Hints  
  • You can reserve your Maple Iced Gingerbread Mix packet 2 for another use. I love to drizzle this silky-smooth maple icing over fluffy pancakes!
  • Keep your cookie cutters from sticking to your dough by dipping the edges into flour.
  • If you’d like, you can decorate your gingerbread cookies with different colors of icing, gum drops, nuts, coconut and other candies.
  • Let decorated cookies rest for at least 1 hour before transferring to a container to ensure the icing is completely firm.

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