Soft and Chewy Gingerbread

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread

This Soft and Chewy Gingerbread recipe is the culmination of rounds of experimenting, before arriving at the softest, chewiest and crumbliest gingerbread man we've ever tasted! Don't believe us? Try it out for yourself!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Western
Keyword gingerbread man, gingerbread cookies, christmas cookies
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 495 kcal
Author Bee Leng | The Burning Kitchen


  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Liquid molasses
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 2 cups Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger



  1. Take the butter out ½ hour ahead of time and leave at room temperature.


  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale yellow and fluffy, then stir in liquid molasses and egg yolk.

    Stiring slurry ingredients for gingerbread man
  2. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and ginger; blend into the wet mixture above until just mixed in.
    Stirring in dry ingredients into slurry for gingerbread man
  3. Put the mixture in between two sheets of baking paper and roll to about 1/2" thickness. Place in the freezer for half an hour.

    Rolling out gingerbread man cookie dough onto baking tray on baking paper
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  5. Using the frozen sheet of dough, quickly cut out the gingerbread man shapes and place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
    Cutting out gingerbread man shapes with cookie cutter on cookie dough
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes in a pre-heated oven, until only slightly soft in the centre when pressed.
    Placing gingerbread man dough pieces on baking paper on baking tray
  7. Remove and cool on wire racks.

    Soft and Chewy Gingerbread

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Top Tips


  1. Leave the butter out at room temperature for ½ hour to make it easier to cream (especially if you’re doing it by hand rather than with a electric mixer)
  2. Find trays that fits your freezer, and simply smooth out the dough between two sheets of paper placed in the tray to maximise useable dough surface area for cutting out cookie shapes.
  3. If the cookies are slightly undercooked, leave them on top of your oven on a baking sheet while baking the next batch of cookies, so the gentle heat can continue to cook the cookies through.


  1. Replace ginger with pumpkin pie spice mix (which also has nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves) for greater flavour.
  2. Give gingerbread man shapes a miss if you don't have time. Roll the dough into a log shape and cut off slices as cookie rounds instead.
  3. Goes best with a cup of hot tea!