Gingerbread Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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These Gingerbread Cookies with Frosting are soft spiced cookies topped with cream cheese frosting and holiday sprinkles. The most requested Christmas cookie recipe and so easy to make.

Gingerbread Cookies with frosting on a table cloth.

Easy Gingerbread Cookies with Frosting

If gingerbread is a smell that you don’t have in your house at Christmas time, then you are missing out! These amazing cookies will fill your kitchen with a wonderful aroma that will make your mouth water. These ginger cookies are great for any Christmas occasion or to give as a gift!

For more irresistible Christmas cookies, try my Gingerbread Man Cookies, Linzer Cookies, and Jam Thumbprint Cookies too!

Watch How It’s Made

See how easy this recipe is to make in this short video below.

Key Ingredients You’ll Need

Here’s an overview of what you’ll need for these cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card below for measurements.

  • Sweeteners: You will need three types of sweeteners for this recipe, granulated sugar plus a little extra for the cookies as well as molasses. You will also use powdered sugar for the frosting.
  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour for the best results along with baking soda to allow the cookies to properly rise in the oven.
  • Spices: These will be used to get the gingerbread flavor and have your kitchen smelling so good in no time. You will use a combination of ground ginger and cinnamon.
  • Frosting: Butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar are combined to make this delicious cream cheese frosting.
  • Holiday Sprinkles: You can use any kind of Christmas or Holiday themed sprinkles for decoration.

How To Make Gingerbread Cookies with Icing

Here’s an overview of how to make these cookies. See the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

  • Make the dough. Combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add in the eggs and molasses. Stir in the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, and cinnamon. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions.
  • Make the cookies. Roll each portion into dough balls, coating each one in extra sugar. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until fully cooked and slightly cracked. Cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Make the frosting. Beat the butter and cream cheese then gradually add in the powdered sugar until fluffy.
  • Frost the cookies. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag then frost a spiral pattern on each cooled cookie. Top with sprinkles and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you prefer to not use frosting for these cookies, you can skip the frosting and have a plain cookie and it will still taste incredible.
  • Because the dough is made to have soft and chewy cookies, this would not be a good recipe for cookie cutters.
  • I love using food coloring gel to color my frosting red and green for Christmas!

How To Store Gingerbread Cookies with Frosting

  • Room temperature. Place the leftover cookies in an airtight container in a single layer for the best storage method. You can keep these cookies stored for up to 3 days at room temperature without frosting.
  • Fridge. You can also keep them for up to 5 days in the fridge, but before you try to eat them, make sure they reach room temperature before serving.
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Gingerbread Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Gingerbread Cookies with Frosting are soft spiced cookies topped with cream cheese frosting and holiday sprinkles. The most requested Christmas cookie recipe and so easy to make.
Servings: 6 cookies
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



  • 1 cup or 2 sticks butter softened
  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • Holiday sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg and molasses and mix until combined.
  • Next add in the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, and cinnamon until combined.
  • Separate the dough into 6 equal portions and roll it into balls.
  • Roll the balls in the extra sugar until well coated.
  • Place the cookies on a large cookie sheet giving them plenty of space.  You may need to do this in 2 batches.
  • Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes or until the cookies are cooked through and have a cracked appearance.
  • Let the cookies cool on the pan for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the frosting.
  • In a large bowl cream together the 2 sticks of butter and the cream cheese.
  • Next, slowly add in the powdered sugar and mix until well combined and fluffy.
  • Place the frosting in a piping bag with a round tip or a Ziploc bag with the tip cut off.
  • Pipe the frosting in a spiral pattern and add holiday sprinkles.
  • Serve!!

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Calories: 1134kcal | Carbohydrates: 156g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 118g | Vitamin A: 1737IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg


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2 comments on “Gingerbread Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. About how many cookies does one recipe make? you do not mention it in your recipe. Love your web site.