Gingerbread Sugar Cookies

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Soft and sweet Gingerbread Sugar Cookies with light and airy texture and the perfect flavor.  A must make for treat the holidays! 

More holiday treats await! Eggnog Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pies, Maple Glazed Sugar Cookies, and Santa’s Cookies. 

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My mom is the ultimate holiday decorator. Growing up, I remember our house turning into a winter wonderland at Christmas time and the only thing that has changed has been the transition from felt and cotton decorations, to sparkly glass and hammered metal.

She’s got style and she’s rubbing off on me. Mostly because she has made it her personal mission to decorate my house for me for the holidays. I think it could be because she is literally running out of 1) space to store decorations and 2) places to decorate! Every room is covered floor to ceiling. It is elaborate.

Gingerbread Sugar Cookies |

Two years ago when my twins were born my mother gave us a cookie plate and milk glass set, hand painted in red and white with a cute little letter to Santa. I just pulled it out a couple of days ago and the kids are obsessed with “The Santa Plate” and the “Santa Grink” – which, loosely translated, means Santa drink/cup.

Maple Glazed Sugar Cookies |

This year on Christmas Eve we are whipping up a batch of Santa’s favorite cookie – Gingerbread Sugar Cookies with cream cheese glaze and the cutest red and green sprinkles! Crisco Shortening makes these cookies light and airy with melt-in-your-mouth flavor, and there is no cooling time for the cookie dough. From bowl to cutting board to oven in just a few minutes!

I can’t wait to watch those chubby little toddler fingers carefully place these delicious gingerbread sugar cookies on our Santa Plate!

Gingerbread Sugar Cookies |


Gingerbread Sugar Cookies |

Gingerbread Sugar Cookies

Light and airy gingerbread sugar cookies with a rich glaze. A must make for treat the holidays! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 32 cookies


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp gingerbread spice
  • 1 cup Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening (one stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter flavored Crisco Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • sprinkles optional


For the Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  • With an electric mixer, in a large bowl cream together shortening and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes on high speed). Blend in egg, 2 milk, and vanilla. Gradually blend in flour mixture. (Dough will be somewhat crumbly)
  • Roll out half of the dough on a pastry board to 1/2 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out cookies, then place on a large baking sheet 2-inches apart. 
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 6-8 minutes (Cookies should start to brown just around the edges). Allow to cool completely on baking sheet. 

For the Glaze

  • Cream together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Mix in maple extract and salt. Gradually mix in powdered sugar until incorporated and cream until completely smooth. 
  • Dip cookies in the glaze, then set on a cooling rack. Decorating with sprinkles if desired, then allow glaze to set up for about 15-25 minutes (not necessary but recommended!)
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Hi Tiffany! Can you share what spices are needed to make these GINGERBREAD sugar cookies? I cant seeM to find the recipe for the GINGERBREAD version.

    Oh my heck- that is an awful typo. I am so sorry! Thank you for pointing that out. It should call for 1 tsp gingerbread spice. It is fixed now!

Hi Tiffany!!
Where is the recipe for the gingerbread sugar cookies?

    Hey! You’re on the right page- not sure how you missed it? All my recipes are at the bottom of each post.

The recipe listed on this page is for the maple glazed sugar cookie not the gingerbread sugar cookie. Are they the same?

    Sorry about that! The recipe was correct, the title was incorrect! It is fixed now.

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