Soft Gingerbread Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Introducing the ultimate Christmas Cookie – the Frosted Molasses Ginger Cookies! These delightful treats feature perfectly spiced ginger and molasses cookies, topped with a heavenly sweet cream cheese frosting. Imagine soft centers with perfectly crisp edges, making them the ideal festive treat. This quintessential Christmas cookie recipe has received rave reviews!

Soft Gingerbread Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 18


  • 3/4 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1/2 cup Sugar plus extra for rolling
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/4 cup Grandma’s Molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

For the delightful Cream Cheese Frosting, you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons Butter softened
  • 1 package 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste or Extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until the mixture is light, fluffy, and pale in color – about 4 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, and molasses, mixing well.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Mix just until combined to avoid over-mixing the dough.
  • Place 1/2 cup of sugar into a small bowl. Roll the dough into small balls and coat them well with sugar. Place the coated dough balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Be careful not to overbake; these cookies are meant to be soft.
  • While the cookies cool, whip up the Cream Cheese Frosting. In a mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  • Once the cookies have cooled, generously frost them with the cream cheese frosting.
  • For storage, cover the cookies and keep them in the refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to indulge in these delightful Frosted Molasses Ginger Cookies. Enjoy!

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