Christmas In The Kitchen: Iced Ginger Cookies


“Christmas cookies and happy hearts is how the holiday starts!” -Unknown

A plate of Iced Ginger Cookies on a white plate.

If you are joining me from, Life Love Larson, welcome! I am so excited to be joining five incredibly talented bloggers sharing Christmas recipes with you today in Kendra’s, Joy In Our Home: Christmas Festival Blog Tour. The Christmas Festival is a week-long blog tour going on now. It includes posts from some of the best bloggers around who are sharing Christmas inspiration in their homes. The tour showcases Christmas mantels, vignettes, recipes, porches, and tablescapes. There is a new theme every day this week and you will not want to miss a single day of it!

At the end of my post, you will find links to each beautiful post for every theme. Have fun checking out all the fantastic Christmas inspiration! Today, I’m excited to welcome you to Hidden Acres Farm and my kitchen!

Christmas cookie season is here.

Y’all, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! That means lots of time spent in the warm, cozy kitchen cooking some of our family favorites for the holidays. One of my favorite things about baking at Christmastime is baking with the kids. When the bell at school rings for winter break, sugar starts flying in the kitchen! 

Iced Ginger Cookies on a white plate.

Every year, as soon as Thanksgiving has come and gone, inevitably one of the kids will say, “You know what time it is!? It’s time for Iced Ginger Cookies!” This cookie recipe is definitely a family favorite in our home and baking them every year has become a family tradition. My favorite thing about this recipe is that it’s foolproof. These cookies come out perfectly, every time. Honestly, I promise!

Iced Ginger Cookies on a white plate.
Yield: 3 dozen

Iced Ginger Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Iced Ginger Cookies are the most requested Christmas cookie here on the farm. These cookies are literally what Christmas dreams are made of. They are soft on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. The combination of sugar and warm seasonal spices are not only delicious, they make your kitchen smell amazing.


Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup granulated sugar (plus a little more)
  • 3/4 cup salted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of granulated sugar with butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg and molasses and blend well.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture. Blend well.
  4. Fill a shallow bowl with granulated sugar. Using a tablespoon, scoop enough dough out to make a 1 to 1 1/2 inch round ball. Roll the dough between your hands to make a ball and then roll it in the granulated sugar.
  5. Arrange the dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave enough room between dough balls to allow for the cookies to spread while baking.
  6. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack to cool.
  7. While the cookies cool, make the icing. Combine the powdered sugar with water and vanilla extract. Mix well until smooth. If the icing seems too thick, add a little more water, just a little at a time. The consistency of the icing should less firm than cake frosting, but thicker than a glaze.
  8. Drizzle the icing over the cookies or put the icing in a baggie, snip the corner off, and pipe the icing in zigzags over the cookies.
  9. Allow time for the glaze to dry before storing in an air-tight container or cookies jar.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do. Thank you so much for joining me in the kitchen today, I had so much fun sharing this recipe with y’all.

My sweet friend, Bethany, Crisp Collective has got another incredible recipe to share with you next. Be sure to head over to her wonderful blog and check out what deliciousness she’s mixing up in her kitchen. If you are looking for more Christmas cookie recipes, you may also want to check out my post, Christmastime is Here: Time for Sugar Cookies. Enjoy! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!



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The Crowned Goat | Dining Delight | The Neutral Nest Interiors


  1. Stacey says:

    I have just been thinking that I’d like to try a recipe like this. Ginger cookies filled with molasses and all the wonderful spices sound just perfect for Christmas. 🙂

    • Meeghan says:

      Thank you so much, Stacey! These cookies are definitely a family favorite and they come out perfectly every time which is a huge bonus for a novice baker, such as myself. I hope you give them a try and love them as much as we do. Merry Christmas!

  2. These cookies look delicious! I’m always looking for new recipes – can’t wait to try this one!

    • Meeghan says:

      Thank you, Jen! This recipe is incredibly easy and a real fan favorite. It’s hard to just eat one. I hope you give it a try and if you do, I hope y’all love it as much as we do. Merry Christmas!

  3. Such a great recipe my friend!!!!

  4. Carol Aimone says:

    We,too, love those ginger cookies. Can’t wait to indulge in the festivities!!, Love the tour and to see what everyone is doing to celebrate the season. Everything looks so beautiful and anxious to get together once again..

    • Meeghan says:

      Thank you so much, Carol! We’ll be making extra cookies this year. ;o) We can’t wait to share Christmas with y’all! It’s going to be magical! See you soon!

  5. Thank you for sharing this recipe!! They sound amazing!!

  6. Kristen says:

    I love Ginger Cookies, thanks for the recipe! Now to actually get to the baking part of christmas – can’t wait!

    • Meeghan says:

      If you love Ginger Cookies, I think you will adore this recipe, Kristen. I hope once you start to bake for Christmas you give this recipe a try. If you do, hopefully you love these cookies as much as I do. Merry Christmas!

  7. These look and sound amazing Meeghan!! Perfect for Christmas! Hope you have a Merry Christmas, my friend!

    • Meeghan says:

      Thank you so much, Valerie! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that your new year is off to a great start. Wishing you all the best in 2018.

  8. I love ginger cookies at Christmas. These look so good!

  9. Kendra @ www.Joyinourhome.coM says:

    These look absolutely delicious Meeghan! That icing especially! Love baking this time of year too! Thanks so much for joining me on this blog tour! Merry Christmas!

  10. Lori says:

    You had me at “ginger” – love it and these cookies sound delish! You’ve laid out the recipe in such an easy to follow manner that even I , a NON-baker think I could try it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Meeghan says:

      Thank you, Lori! I appreciate your kind words and incredibly thoughtful comments very much! I hope you had a Merry Christmas. I wish you all the best in 2018.

  11. Meg says:

    Oh Meeghan, these look and sound simply delightful! Definitely drool worthy! 🙂

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    • Meeghan says:

      Thank you so much, Meg! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. Wishing you and yours all the best in the new year. May 2018 be filled with lots of love, happiness, success, and good health for y’all. XO

  12. These iced ginger cookies look so good! I was just thinking yesterday how I am excited the kids are out of school next week and we should spend one morning baking! I am sure these make your house smell amazing, too!


  13. Elizabeth Dawson says:

    Oh, I love the iced ginger cookies- I remember making them with you in Colorado for Christmas! The boys love them, I’m going to need to make these this week!!!!

    • Meeghan says:

      They are definitely a family favorite! I hope you had the chance to make them again this year, Elizabeth. Can’t wait to see y’all again soon! Happy New Year! XO

  14. Sheri says:

    Hi Meeghan!!
    I miss seeing your beautiful photos and am so excited to read your blog! These cookies sound delicious! My husband loves ginger so I will have to try them out! Enjoy your baking!! Merry Christmas my friend!❤️Sheri

    • Meeghan says:

      Hi Sheri! Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy you visited me here on the blog! I hope you enjoyed the recipe if you did try it. I also hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas. Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in 2018. I hope you will continue to come visit my blog. I would love to stay in touch, my friend.

  15. Shawna says:

    I’m eating gingerbread right now! This recipe sounds delicious, I’ll have to try it.

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