Chewy Gingerbread Cookies with Lemon Glaze

December 6, 2014

Last week I pronounced December cookie month, served up these ridiculously addictive Coconut, Almond & Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies, and promised a new cookie every week until Christmas. Well, guess what? I couldn’t wait until next week was officially underway before sharing these Lemon Glazed Gingerbread Cookies. I figured that you might be baking this weekend and you’ll definitely want to give this recipe a go. (Bake a few to taste, then freeze the dough to have them on hand again closer to Christmas.)

If you’ve been visiting for a while, you’ve probably caught on that I’m a sucker for thin cookies that are crispy around the edges and chewy, ooey, gooey in the middle. That’s not usually the way gingerbread cookie recipes are developed, so I came up with my own.

This cookie has all the holiday flavor of a classic gingerbread cookie, but with the texture I crave. No crumbly, crunchy, or cakey here.

Holiday cookie recipe: Chewy Gingerbread Cookie with Lemon Glaze | One Hungry Mama

The lemon glaze is definitely optional, but so worth it. Lemon pairs beautifully with gingerbread, plus it turns these from everyday cookies into holiday cookies that can be decorated with festive sprinkles.

Be sure to watch to see how I pull this easy recipe together and also—major bonus!—I created this video as part of a collaboration with other amazing YouTube creators. The folks at Kin Community have put all of our videos together in one massive, killer, you-won’t-want-to-miss-it Cookie Collaboration video playlist. There are a mind-boggling number of holiday cookie recipes on this playlist, each more delicious than the next. It’s my go-to holiday cookie recipe resource this year and think that it might end up being yours, too.

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies with Lemon Glaze
(Can be shared with kids 12+ mos)
Makes about 3 dozen cookies

For the cookies:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses

For the icing:
3 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1. To make the cookies: Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves to combine; set aside.

2. Add softened butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or to a bowl that can be used with an electric hand mixer. Mix until light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses and mix until just combined.

3. Add the flour to the butter mixture and combine until the flour is fully incorporated. You may need to stop the mixer to push down the sides, but be careful not to over mix the dough.

4. Scoop dough by the tablespoon and roll into a ball. Place on the prepared cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart and gently flatten each ball of dough before putting the cookies in the oven. Bake for 9-11 minutes; I alway err on the side of less baking time to ensure that the cookies remain chewy in the center. Once done, allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

5. To make the lemon icing: While the cookies bake, combine confectioners sugar, lemon zest, and fresh lemon juice in a medium mixing bowl until the icing forms. It should be the consistency of a thick, easily spreadable paste.

6. Once cookies have fully cooled, use an offset spatula, a knife, or the back of a spoon to ice cookies with the lemon glaze. If decorating, be sure to top with sprinkles right away, before the glaze hardens.

*Note: While there is nothing in these that is unsafe for younger eaters, I recommend them starting at 12 months due to the high sugar content. No matter how old your eaters, be sure to serve age appropriate portions—a little of these sweet treats go a long way.

2 Responses

  1. Everyday Life Mother and Wife says:

    These look super delicious!

  2. Sasha says:

    I am so glad I came across this recipe. My family loves these cookie so much! I make them every year. Thank you for sharing:)

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