Christmas Gingerbread Cookies decorated with royal icing

What time of the year is it? It’s time for some Christmas Gingerbread Cookies !! Not the plain kind but the decorated ones. Don’t you get all excited baking your very own Christmas cookies? During this time of the year, the kitchen usually smells of cinnamon, ginger, apples, spices and everything nice.

Everyone seems to be really interested in baking something this month. It’s a season of giving so there’s plenty to bake and share the love around.

Gingerbread Cookies

For the first week of December, I decided to bake some Christmas Gingerbread Cookies 🙂 These gingerbread cookies were tweaked from Genius Kitchen 🙂 Gingerbread cookies is one of my all time favourite cookie flavor ( aside from Chocolate Chip) You can actually make gingerbread cookies fancy by cutting them into Christmas shapes and decorating them with fondant or royal icing sugar. You can prepare the former 1-2 days in advance but for the latter, you pipe them onto the cookies and let them dry for at least 12 hours.

Gingerbread Couple Cookies

I’m in love with Christmas cookies decorated using fondant or royal icing. I don’t have a preference just as long as they look pretty and presentable as gifts. So i made these adorable couple Christmas gingerbread cookies with fondant hearties on the girls and a love letter for the boys. The fondant were made out of homemade Marshamallow fondant. If you are running out of time, you can always get store bought fondant so it’s ready to use whenever you want to decorate. Sometimes i use Wilton White Fondant and color them with edible Americolor food gel when I’m running out of time to make my own. They turn out just as pretty!


Christmas Lights Cookies

These Christmas lights cookies were drizzled with white royal icing sugar and sprinkled with Colorful chocolate coated sunflower seeds! You can also use M&MS or any colorful chocolate. Let your imagination run wild!

Christmas Holly Cookies

And my favourite of the lot is the Christmas Holly Cookie! This round Christmas Gingerbread cookie is coated with royal icing sugar on one side and sprinkled with Gold Chocolate Spinkles and then topped with a beautiful Christmas Holly. I have 3 different size of Holly plungers to do the job. Trust me, if you want to churn out Holly cookies at a fast pace, do invest in these Christmas Holly Plunger Cutters … They punch out perfect Holly shapes in seconds. I can even close my eyes to do the job.

Customised Cookies

Feel free to play around with the different cookie cutters. I made Christmas trees, bells and stars. Again, do invest in a variety of cookie cutters. You never know when you need them.


Other Christmas desserts you might like:

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If you ever make these Cookies, do tag me @sherbakes on instagram so i can share your delicious creations! Recipe below!


Christmas Gingerbread Cookies (Makes about 25 medium cookies)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Christmas Gingerbread cookies decorated with royal icing 

Course: christmas, cookies, Dessert, gingerbread, royalicing
Keyword: christmascookies, desserts, gingerbreadcookies, royalicing
Ingredients for Gingerbread Cookies:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp mixed spice
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/8 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Ingredients for Royal Icing:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered or icing sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp water
Steps for cookies:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, mixed spice together

  2. In another bowl, beat butter, brown sugar and egg on medium speed until fluffy

  3. Add molasses and vanilla and continue to mix well

  4. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until smooth

  5. Divide dough into half and wrap each in plastic wrap and put in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours or overnight

  6. Preheat oven to 375DegF. At the same time, prepare baking pans by lining with non stick baking paper or parchment paper

  7. Roll dough btw 2 plastic wrap so it wont stick to the rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick

  8. Cut out cookies with desired Christmas cookie cutter and place on baking sheet. Make sure each cookie is about 1-2 inches apart. 

  9. Bake cookies for 7-10 mins. Remove from oven and let cool completely before decorating

Steps for Royal Icing:
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, egg whites and cream of tar tar

  2. Mix until combined then add in vanilla and beat until icing is thick and sticky like white glue. 

  3. Add in 1/2 tbsp of water and beat on high for about 2-3 mins

  4. You can color the icing sugar to your desired color at this point in time

  5. Make sure to place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the icing to prevent a skin from forming if you are not using the icing immediately. 

  6. Decorate cookies with icing and let dry for at least a few hours before packing them. 

Recipe Notes

*2 Batches of this recipe makes 33 Donut Cookies

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Gingerbread Cookies


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