Brian’s gingerbread cookie recipe

Brian brought some gingerbread cookies in to the office last week, and they were amazingly tasty! I asked him for the recipe (and permission to publish it here), which he graciously granted.

Following typical cookie recipe procedure, here are the ingredients…


  • 1.5 cup butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • half cup molasses
  • one egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • one heaping tablespoon of finely-ground fresh ginger (or more?!)


  • 4 cups flour
  • teaspoon baking soda (I used to a half teaspoon in the version I brought in)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves


  • I sometimes refrigerate the dough
  • I flatten balls of dough on a bed of coarse sugar before baking, sugar side up, at 350 for no longer than 12 min. for medium-size cookies and 15 min. for extra-large cookies.

And if you need some decorating ideas for gingerbread men, check out this post by George Takai on Facebook! 😉

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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