Mom's Best Soft Gingerbread Cookies (New! Gb House Directions!)

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Wildflour

This is my mom's recipe that just can't be beat. I don't know where the recipe came from, I just know they're good! I like them plain with raisins for decoration, but you can go all-out if you want! Have fun and enjoy!! *I used this recipe to make my gingerbread house, but the directions are slightly different for this. **See bottom of page.

Top Review by vtwluvsgoodfood

Tried, tested and true. This is a very good gingerbread cookie recipe for building gingerbread houses and it is fragrant and full of flavour. The dough is easy to handle and makes nice firm cookies. This will be my go-to recipe whenever I need to make decorative special treats. I made 2 batches. First one batch was made according to the recipe; those were used for the houses. Second batch I used less flour (can't remember how much less, but no more than 1/4 cup) and the cookies turned out light and crispy; those were good for eating with tea/coffee.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place cloves in hot water; set aside.
  2. Cream shortening and sugar.
  3. Add egg and beat.
  4. Add molasses, beat.
  5. Remove cloves from water, discard cloves.
  6. Add clove water, beat. *Dough will look "curdled".
  7. Add rest of ingredients, except the last 4 cups flour, and beat. Gradually beat in last 4 cups flour.
  8. Chill dough.
  9. Roll out to 1/2" thick or slightly less.
  10. Cut into shapes.
  11. Decorate with raisins if desired.
  12. Place carefully on ungreased cookie sheet.
  13. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake.
  14. *GB House directions:.
  15. Make dough the same as above, but roll dough out thin, 1/4" at most.
  16. Bake in 325 oven for about 20 minutes.
  17. Remove to racks to cool, and let harden/dry out a bit overnight for sturdiness if making large pieces.
  18. *Doors and windows need to be cut out PRIOR to baking. Fill any with crushed hard candy before baking, too. And pieces filled with hard candy baked the best on foil. Non candy-filled pieces were baked on parchment paper.

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