Gingerbread Cookies by Karen McDonald

Gingerbread Cookies by Karen McDonald

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Gingerbread cookies - holiday recipe - Grace School Houston

This is an old family recipe passed down for many years. Even if you don’t like gingerbread cookies…you will LOVE these! We make them at least 3 times a year; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and July! You and your family will have fun decorating them, eating them, and using them for decorations too! We decorate a Christmas tree in our kitchen with the gingerbread people. This is one of our favorite trees!

Karen McDonald, Second Grade Teacher


Gingerbread Cookies


  • 5-5 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ cups unsulphured molasses
  • 2 eggs beaten


  • Preheat oven 375
  • Mix flour, soda, salt, and spices
  • Melt shortening in a pot on the stove, add sugar, molasses, eggs
  • Then add 4 cups dry ingredients
  • Turn mixture onto lightly floured surface and knead in remaining dry mix by hand
  • Roll out the dough and cut out with cookie cutters

Bake 4-12 minutes