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snowflake gingerbread cookies on a marble board

Healthier Easy Gingerbread Cookies

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12-20 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


These gingerbread cookies are made with healthier ingredients than a traditional gingerbread cookie and are easy to make!


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (or dairy-free butter) at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups whole grain Spelt flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Royal icing: 


  1. In a stand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, then add the egg, molasses and vanilla and mix until combined.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together and slowly add to the mixer. Mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Cover your dough and place it in the fridge for at least an hour until it’s firm enough to work with.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place the cookies onto the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes

Royal icing: 

  1. Mix the powdered sugar, egg whites and vanilla extract together in a stand mixer until smooth and shiny.
  2. Slowly add the water, one tsp at a time until your icing drizzles off a spoon and holds for a few seconds before melting back into the icing. (If it’s too thick, add some more water. If it’s too thin, add some more icing sugar.)
  3. Use a piping bag to pipe the icing onto your cookies.


Use blackstrap molasses in these cookies if you have some on hand. It has a deeper more rich flavour and will make these cookies taste amazing! 

I use the Wilton no.1 and the Wilton no.2 tips for icing these cookies. I use these snowflake cookie cutters for these cookies!

You want the icing to have a 5-second consistency. If you a run knife through it, the icing should seep back together in 5 seconds. 


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 207
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 37g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g

Keywords: Easy gingerbread cookies, healthy gingerbread cookies