Gingerbread Cookies

A great recipe that can be used to make plain sweet cookies, or cookies that can be iced and decorated.

Prep time: 1 Hour 0 Minutes
Cooking time: 15 Minutes
Serves: people

A great recipe that can be used to make plain sweet cookies, or cookies that can be iced and decorated.

This gingerbread cookies recipe is one that kids love to make for birthday parties and school cake sales.

Baking cookies is a great way to pass the time on Saturday afternoons, especially if the cookies are cut into the shape of gingerbread people! Kids become very excited when they get to set their creativity set free by decorating gingerbread people in as many different colors and styles as they possibly can!

  • Great base recipe for cookies that can be decorated
  • Suitable for very young kids to make cookies with
  • Dough can be reformed and rolled out several times
  • Dough can be frozen raw and thawed out for use at a later time

Cooking With Kids: Gingerbread Cookies

Preparation Time

1 Hour 0 Minutes

Cooking Time

15 Minutes


Decorating the cookies can be as easy or as difficult as your little cooks can handle.

If they are very young, they may just want to add a splash of runny icing and decorate with sprinkles.

Older kids may want to pipe a royal icing outline around the cookies and then flood the cookies with a runnier icing, allow that to dry and then pipe more sophisticated decorations on top. Whatever stage your child is at, encourage them to be as creative as they want to be, remember, cooking with kids is all about having fun!

Ingredients Ingredients

  • Butter [4 oz / 125 g]
  • Black Treacle [60 ml / 4 tablespoons]
  • Soft brown sugar [8 oz - 225 g]
  • Plain flour [1 lb. / 450 g]
  • Ground ginger [1 tablespoon / 15 ml.]
  • Bicarbonate of soda [1 teaspoon / 5 ml]
  • Milk [1 tablespoon / 15 ml]

Preparation & Cooking

  1. Preheat oven to 170 C / 325F / Gas 3

  2. Put the butter, treacle and sugar in a saucepan and warm gently until all the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted. Allow to cool slightly.

  3. Sieve the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Put the melted mixture into the dry ingredients.

  4. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk and add this to the mixture. Bring together to form a dough, adding a little more milk if necessary.

  5. Place the dough in the refrigerator to chill for 45 mins.

  6. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface to 5mm / 1/2" thick and use your cutters to cut out men, ladies and children.

  7. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment / baking paper (or simply just grease the baking sheets with a little butter).

  8. Bake in the oven for 12 - 15 mins until lightly browned. (If making Men, use currants for the eyes, before baking).

  9. Allow to cool before decorating.