The Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe (and it’s even low-fat)

Gingerbread_man from ShrekI do not usually seek out low-fat cookie recipes (what’s the point?), but my favorite gingerbread cookie just so happens to contain just 3 grams of fat. We bake these year-round, but they’re especially delicious around the holidays.

Aww, how could you eat this little guy from Shrek? Well, he is full of sugar and spice and everything nice. . . .

(Modified from the Joy of Cooking)



Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Mix together:

3 cups of flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 ¾ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Beat until well-blended:

6 tablespoons softened butter
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg

Add and beat in:

½ cup molasses

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until smooth. Divide dough in half, wrap each in plastic, and let stand at room temperature for at least two hours. (I have skipped this step with no ill effects!)

Roll dough out on floured surface until ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Bake in a 375-degree oven 7 to 10 minutes. Cool on racks. Decorate with icing if desired. Then enjoy!

Note: If you’re searching for a gluten-free gingerbread cookie recipe that’s easy to roll out, go to the Gluten-free Gourmand!


  1. Thanks for the recipe! My kids have been asking me to turn Betty Crocker and make some gingerbread men and until now, I have used the excuse I do not have a recipe. So, now I do. I guess I better get into the kitchen!

  2. I have to admit that I LOVE this recipe! I got it from Rebecca and have been making it for weeks. It handles so easily and isn’t as super sweet and buttery as some of the sugar doughs. I highly recommend it!

  3. What a fun family tradition!

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