Basic Gingerbread Cookies
Classic holiday baking recipe!
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an electric stand mixer combine shortening and molasses on low. While that mixes, measure out the rest of the ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and whisk together. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture while still mixing on low.
  2. Once combined, remove bowl from electric stand mixer and form the dough into a ball with your hands. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.
  3. Roll out dough to ⅛-1/4 inch thickness and cut out cookies. Transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Remove from oven transfer cookies to cooling rack. Once completely cooled you can decorate!
Recipe by A Butterful Mind at