Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing

  • 1 Hour 40 Minutes Prep3 Hours 40 Minutes Total
  • 60 Servings
  • 60 Calories per Serving
Molasses, ginger, allspice, cinnamon and cloves bring robust flavor to a classic holiday cookie.

Ingredient List


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup mild-flavor or full-flavor molasses
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 3 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Royal Icing

  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Granulated sugar, if desired


  1. In large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, molasses and cold water with electric mixer on medium speed (or with wooden spoon) until well mixed. Mixture may look curdled. With wooden spoon, stir in remaining cookie ingredients until soft dough forms. Wrap with plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. On floured surface, roll dough 1/8 inch thick.
  3. Cut dough with floured 3 1/2- by 2 1/2-inch gingerbread boy or girl cookie cutter or other cookie cutter. Place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Reroll dough, and cut additional cookies.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool cookie sheets 10 minutes between batches. Cool cookies completely, about 30 minutes.
  5. In medium bowl, beat meringue powder and cold water with electric mixer on medium speed until peaks form. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Spoon icing into decorating bag fitted with medium round tip, and pipe over cookies. Sprinkle with sugar. Let stand about 5 minutes or until icing is set.


  • Look for meringue powder in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

Nutrition Information

Daily Values (Amount per serving)

Total Fat 1 1/2g 2%, Saturated Fat 1g 5%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 65mg 3%, Potassium 55mg 2%, Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%, Dietary Fiber 0g 0%, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 2%, Vitamin D 0%, Vitamin E 0%, Thiamin 4%, Riboflavin 2%, Niacin 2%, Vitamin B6 0%, Folic Acid 2%, Vitamin B12 0%, Pantothenic Acid 0%, Phosphorus 0%, Magnesium 2%, Zinc 0%, Selenium 4%, Copper 0%, Manganese 6%

Other Nutrients (Amount per serving)

Calories 60, Calories from Fat 15, Trans Fat 0g, Monounsaturated Fat 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0g, Soluble Fiber 0g, Insoluble Fiber 0g, Sugars 5g, Protein 0g, Beta-Carotene 0%, Omega-3 0g, Carbohydrate Choice 1, Starch 0, Fruit 0, Other Carbohydrate 1, Skim Milk 0, Low-Fat Milk 0, Milk 0, Vegetable 0, Very Lean Meat 0, Lean Meat 0, Medium-Fat Meat 0, High-Fat Meat 0, Fat 0, Fruits 0c, Vegetables 0c, Grains 0oz-eq, Meat & Beans 0oz-eq, Dairy 0c, Fats & Oils 0tsp