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Christmas In The Kitchen: Iced Ginger Cookies

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Iced Ginger Cookies and happy hearts is how the holiday starts. Wait until you try these cookies, y’all! The warm spices, including cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg combined with molasses, butter, and sugar are what holiday dreams are made of. Drizzled in the end with vanilla infused icing, these cookies are virtually irresistible, especially during the holiday season.

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. This week long tour showcases Christmas mantels, vignettes, recipes, porches, and tablescapes.

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. We are going to bake some cookies.

Cookies Make the Holidays Even Sweeter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year y’all… The holiday season. That means lots of time will be spent in the warm, cozy kitchen cooking many family favorites for the holidays. One of my favorite things about baking at Christmastime is baking with the kids. Iced Ginger Cookies on a white plate.

Every year, right after Labor Day, inevitably one of the kids will say, “You know what time it is!? It’s time for cookies!” Now, don’t get the wrong impression. We don’t only have cookies at the farm from September to December. I bake cookies all year round. However, there are a couple of cookie recipes that I have created over the years that have become true family favorites and they are extra special during the holiday season. One of those recipes is DEFINITELY Iced Ginger Cookies.

Here are a couple more of our favorites:

Pumpkin Spice cookies on a white plate with a glass of milk next to them.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Almond snowball cookies on a white plate with an Santa mug in the background.

Almond Snowball Cookies

Christmas shaped sugar cookies with white royal icing around them.

The Best Sugar Cookies

Baking these cookies at the farm every year for the holidays has become a family tradition.

My favorite thing about this Iced Ginger Cookie recipe is that it’s foolproof. Yup, I said it, “Foolproof.” These cookies come out perfectly, every time. I promise! You’ll just have to try them and see for yourself.

What’s in Iced Ginger Cookies

  • Granulated sugar 
  • Salted butter 
  • Egg
  • Molasses
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Ground ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Powdered sugar
  • Water
  • Vanilla Extract

How to Make Iced Ginger Cookies

First, in a medium-size mixing bowl cream the sugar and butter until they are light and fluffy. Next, blend the egg and molasses into them. Then, in a larger bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices until combined. Slowly, add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture and blend them well.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie dough in a white bowl with a wooden spoon in it.

With the cookie dough made, fill a shallow bowl with granulated sugar. Using a spoon, scoop out enough dough 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.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie dough balls rolled in sugar and placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

The dough balls are arranged on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Leaving enough room between them to allow for the cookies to spread while baking. They are baked until they’re golden brown and then transferred to a rack to cool.

Pumpkin spice cookies cooking on a wire rack.

While the cookies cool, the icing is made by combining the powdered sugar with water and vanilla extract. Mix it well until smooth. If the icing seems too thick, add a little water, just a little bit at a time. 

Finally, the icing is spread or drizzled over the cookies using a knife or a baggie with the corner snipped off. Once the icing has had time to set, the pumpkin spice cookies are ready to enjoy.

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.

Ingredients

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

Icing

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

Instructions

  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!

A plate of Iced Ginger Cookies on a white plate.

 

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  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! 🙂

    Meg
    The Neutral Nest Interiors

    • 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!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  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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