Gingerbread Ornaments

These frosted gingerbread ornaments not only look great, but taste great too.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. In large bowl, mix dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a standing mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg, scraping sides to make sure it is mixed well.
  3. Add dry ingredients in 3-4 batches.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before baking.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar over a flat surface. Cover dough in plastic wrap and roll out. Cut out with desired cookie cutter and place on a cookie sheet lined in parchment paper. Repeat with remaining dough.
  7. With a skewer or number 3 piping tip, make a small hole in each cookie. (If hole closes while baking, poke hole again.)
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes until edges are firm. (Bake 8 minutes for chewy cookies or 10 minutes for crispy cookies.)
  9. Decorate with piping. Loop some twine through the holes to make ornaments, or eat and enjoy!