Easy Christmas Cookies Recipe

The smell of gingerbread wafted through the house.

“Can we put the Christmas tree up mum?”

“It’s a bit early, but why not”

You can make this delicious gingerbread Christmas cookies recipe part of your families holiday traditions too, use it to make giant gingerbread houses or iced cookies.  They are easy to make and don’t need electric mixers with a dough hook like some gingerbread dough recipes do.

Christmas Gingerbread Christmas Cookies Recipe:

makes approx 50 cookies.
430g (15.17 ounces) butter roughly chopped
430g (15.17 ounces) caster sugar
250g (8.82 ounces) glucose syrup*
260g (9.17 ounces) golden syrup*
180g (6.35 ounces) milk
1195g (42.15 ounces) plain flour
12g (0.42 ounces) bicarb soda
20g (0.71 ounces) cinnamon
12g (0.42 ounces) ground cloves
12g (0.42 ounces) ground ginger

*You can swap these for corn syrup and molasses, just make sure you have a total of 510g (17.99 ounces) of syrups

Cookie icing frosting recipe:
icing for sugar cookies recipe
4 tablespoon powdered egg white (you can swap this for pavlova or meringue packet mix powder)
3 cups or 380g (13.4 ounces) icing sugar or confectioners sugar
80 – 100ml water (you will need most of it if using egg white powder less if using meringue powder)

Mix the egg white powder and the icing sugar together and then add the water. Mix using electric beaters on medium speed for around 5 minutes. Turn off the beaters and lift from the bowl to check if it is done (see video)
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Hi I'm Ann, food scientist, dietitian, wife, mum to 3 boys. Join me each week for desserts, chocolate and cakes.
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26 Responses to Easy Christmas Cookies Recipe

  1. cheyenne says:

    Can we leave the leftover dough in the fridge?

  2. Evan Charles says:

    Do you need the meringue powder mix as well as powdered egg whites or can you just use the powdered egg white?


    How much powdered egg white do you need?

    Thankyou Very Much!

  3. Caroline says:

    Hi Ann,

    How many real egg whites can I use to make the icing?

    Thank You

  4. Claudia says:

    I am looking forward to trying out this recipe! after 2 failed attempts at others (too soft, even with longer cooking times).

    I looked in the pantry and found only treacle….any chance would this recipe work if i subsituted the glucose and golden syrup for a total of 510gm treacle syrup? or taste factor, texture factor changes too much?

    p.s. wonderful website, and I had made your princess doll cake for my daughter this year! and it looked pro! easy steps, and great advice. The best of all, I was so happy that it is made from the heart xox thank you

  5. Pamela Olding says:

    Hi Anne, loved your gingerbread cookie recipe, so easy. But having trouble with the icing drying with light and dark patches. Same thing happened last year, mainly with ones where I used toothpick to move icing around. What am I doing wrong?

  6. Grace says:

    Hey! How long would it take for the icing to dry?

  7. Amie says:

    Hi Ann

    Great recipe! Can’t wait to test it out – just wondering how long the cookies will last – I plan on giving them out as gifts and would like to know how much time I can leave b4 prep.

    Thanks heaps :)

  8. Irma says:

    Hi Ann, thankyou for sharing your recipe, by the way can I use just golden syrup not glucose syrup? Thankyou.

  9. Lina says:

    Hi Ann,
    I was wondering if these cookies are crunchy and hard or soft?

  10. Jenny says:

    How long does it take for the dough to cool down?

  11. Jenny says:

    can I use glucose powder instead of glucose syrup?

  12. Helena says:

    Since you’ve mentioned gingerbread houses, I thought I’d share a funny story. They are not very usual where I come from, so when I stumbled on one in a store, I had to try it. It was already baked so all I had to do was glue the pieces together and decorate it. Here’s how my architectural masterpiece turned out. I think I’ll stick to cakes. :D

  13. Amairani says:

    Hi Ann,

    Can you please put the mesurments in cups. Thank you

  14. Carmel says:

    Hi Ann,
    Thanks for sharing your recipes ans skills.
    Can the gingerbread be frozen? Baked or unbaked? Thanks

  15. maia says:

    could you put the measurements in cups please

  16. Samantha says:

    Could you just use all golden syrup and nothing else????
    Also will it be really gingery??
    Thank you

  17. Gaby says:

    thank you for your cookie recipe!
    If I want to replace ginger and cloves with chocolate powder or cocoa powder do I use the same quantities?
    Thank you! :)

  18. genelle says:

    Hi Ann

    is this recipe a really strong gingery taste (sorry that sound silly I know considering it is gingerbread LOL ) just that my kiddies do like gingerbread but really mild…

  19. genelle says:

    Hi Ann,

    just curious is this particular gingerbread really gingery ???? sounds silly I know but my kids like gingerbread but only mild..

    thanks :)

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