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Add some seasonal spirit to your baking with easy gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

It’s the season where everything is gingerbread flavoured! Happy me! I love gingerbread! The scent of them baking fills the air with a warmth and happy memories of winter holidays. Whether you make individual cookies or get adventurous and design your own gingerbread house, this recipe is perfect for a quick and easy ginger bake!

decorated ginger biscuits
Photo by by Casey Chae on Unsplash

The Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

This is a variation of my tried and tested shortbread recipe, designed to be really quick and easy to make. This is a softer thicker biscuit, much easier to make and work with, but still very tasty! If you are after a thin, snappy crunchy ginger biscuit, then check out this recipe for Pepparkaka biscuits!

Gingerbread biscuits

A simple gingerbread recipe using basic storecupboard ingredients.

Course: Biscuits, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: biscuits, cookies, gingerbread
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 55 g coconut sugar (ground to a fine powder)
  • 110 g butter (I used Vitalite)
  • 170 g plain flour (GF if required)
  • 1+ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  1. Mix the sugar and butter together.

  2. Add the flour, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

  3. Form a cohesive dough. Put in the fridge. Tidy up and get your trays and cutters ready.

  4. Roll (or press) the dough out to about 0.5cm thick, cut shapes and place on tray. If you have space, put the tray of shapes in the fridge while you work with the rest of the dough.

  5. Bake at Gas 4 (350f / 180c) for 7-8 minutes. They will lift easily from the tray but still be soft. The colour should be slightly darker than when you put them in. Remove onto a wire rack. Allow to cool.

  6. Decorate as desired – use icing, sweets, chocolate or edible glitter.

  7. Enjoy!

What do I need?

You can (as with most of my recipes), make these as quick and easy or as fiddly and complicated as you wish! I have created this recipe to be really easy to make using ingredients you probably already have in!

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You can serve these as they are, with your favourite drink for tasty snacks, or use them to decorate other desserts. Use two of the same size & shape and put vanilla ice-cream in the middle to make delicious gingerbread cookie sandwiches. Have a decorating session and let everyone make their own designs using icing in different colours, small sweets and edible glitter. Make tree decorations or get adventurous and make your own gingerbread house!

white dish of gingerbread biscuits
Photo by Dilyara Garifullina on Unsplash


These store well in an airtight container for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months. You can also make the dough ahead of time, wrap it up and place in the fridge until needed. If freezing, portion or separate with greaseproof paper, label and freeze.

gingerbread house by Юлия Овчинникова on Pexels


I hope you make some gingerbread cookies and see how easy this recipe is! I love seeing your adaptions and interpretations of my recipes and I’d love to see your photos of these (and your decorating skills)!

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I hope to speak with you soon

Laurena x

Gingerbread decorations by Jill Wellington on Pexels


  • tulips79 16th December 2021 at 17:47

    Hi Laurena, love gingerbread cookies too🧡 The snow effect is so pretty, along with the other festive photos🌲💚 I shall make these soon☺️

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 17th December 2021 at 22:48

      Eva😊Sorry… I am still waiting for a notification to tell me this message is here!🤦🏽‍♀️I might have eaten a few too many of them this week🙈😂I remembered the snow this year!

  • Bake some seasonal cookies everyone will love. ⋆ Life Diet Health 15th December 2022 at 15:28

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