Soft Glazed Gingerbread Cookies are easy stamped cookies with that ‘wow’ factor. They’re soft, perfectly spiced, and lightly glazed to bring out their beautiful patterns ~ this could be your knockout cookie for the season!
soft glazed gingerbread cookies for the holidays
Is everybody jazzed for cookie baking season? This week I lined up all my flour and sugar canisters front and center on my counter, and it seems like my oven never cools down. I love to make the traditional lineup, but every year I try to breakout with something new. I’ve been dying to make these gorgeous soft gingerbread cookies from chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s dessert cookbook, Sweet. I highly recommend any of his cookbooks, for you, or for gift giving, they’re all amazing and so inspirational. You can see links to my favorites at the bottom of the post.
gingerbread is one of my favorite holiday ‘flavors’
And I have lots of gingerbread inspired recipes already on the blog. Gingerbread cookies can be crunchy or soft, spicy or mild, deep and dark, or more golden. I happen to love my gingerbread on the soft side, so these are just perfect for me. These cookies stay soft, too, day after day (if they last that long.)
what are the spices in glazed gingerbread cookies?
Gingerbread is characterized by molasses along with a blend of spices, but every gingerbread cookie will be unique depending on the exact mixture of spices you use. I don’t recommend using a premixed spice blend, it’s better to use individual spices. If you like you can make your own custom gingerbread spice blend at the start of the holiday season. Then you’ll have it handy for spicing up cocoa, latte, pancakes, or anything that needs a holiday vibe. Feel free to adjust the ratios of the ingredients to your particular taste.
how to make homemade gingerbread spice mix
- 1 Tbsp ground ginger
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp ground allspice
- 1 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
cookie stamps make intricate gingerbread cookies with no effort!
As you can see these cookies are gorgeous, but what you might not guess is how simple they are to make. I used my Nordicware Cookie Stamps, they make it so quick and easy to get that intricate patterning.
how to use a cookie stamp
Cookie stamps are fun and easy to use, and you get a fancy cookie effect in an instant.
- It’s essential to use the right dough ~ choose a recipe made for stamping, or choose a firm gingerbread, shortbread, or other type of non-spreading dough that will hold the shape of the stamp as it cooks.
- Chill your cookie stamps in the freezer for several minutes before using. This helps insure a crisp imprint.
- Roll out your dough to a 1/4 inch thickness.
- Press down firmly with your stamp onto the dough. If your stamp sticks to the dough, lightly flour it.
- Use a cookie cutter that is slightly larger or slightly smaller than the stamp itself to cut out your cookies (you can also cut the cookies by hand with a paring knife) and transfer to a cookie sheet. Bake as normal.
- If your imprints are not sharp after baking, try chilling the cookies before baking. If they are still not sharp, try another recipe.
customize your cookie stamps for different holidays and seasons
My stamps have a folk/holiday theme but you can get cookie stamps in all kinds of shapes and designs for different occasions and seasons.
this gingerbread dough is a dream to work with
This dough is so beautiful all by itself, there’s nothing else that gets me in the holiday spirit quite like rolling out gingerbread dough. (Did you know that I’ve got a gingerbread play dough recipe on the blog?) This particular dough is easy to roll, and the scraps are easy to reform and re-roll because the dough is moist. Kids love to help with stamped cookies, so let them join in the fun.
tvfgi recommends: Nordic Ware cookie stamps
The set I used is called Starry Night. These sturdy cookie stamps are cast aluminum with wooden handles, I love how they give an instant ‘wow’ factor to a plain cookie. Just like your favorite copper cookie cutters, these tools will become a treasured family heirlooms. There are lots of designs to choose from.
- Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake
- Glazed Gingerbread Spritz Cookies
- Gingerbread Loaf Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Starry Night Gingerbread Cookies
- Holiday Gingerbread Cake
Soft Glazed Gingerbread Cookies
- cookie stamps
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/3 packed cup plus 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup molasses, do not use blackstrap, which is bitter.
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp warm water
- Preheat the oven to 375F/190C. Put your cookie stamps in the freezer to chill.
- Cream together the butter, sugar, and molasses in a stand mixer or with electric beaters. Beat in the egg yolk.
- Sift together the dry ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating on low until the dough comes together.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until all the floury crumbles are incorporated. Flatten the dough into a disk and then roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness. I did not have to chill my dough before rolling, but if yours is very soft, you may want to.
- Press the cookie stamps firmly into the dough, and then use a round cookie cutter slightly larger or slightly smaller than the stamp itself to cut out the cookies. Note: your cookie stamp shouldn't stick, but if yours does, your dough may have needed a bit more flour. Try flouring the cookie stamp before stamping, or put the cookie stamp in the fridge to chill it first.
- Transfer the cookies to a lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. You don't want to over bake these cookies, so do a test cookie or two to figure out the best timing for your oven. The cookies will be soft when you remove them from the oven, but will firm up as they cool.
- Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the pan before carefully transferring to a rack to cool completely.
- While the cookies are baking whisk the glaze ingredients together until they become a smooth thin glaze. Add more water if the glaze is too thick, it should have the consistency of maple syrup or a thin honey.
- Brush the cooled cookies with the glaze. You want the glaze to be thick enough to settle into the design for a beautiful emphasis. It will become more translucent as it dries.
- Let the glaze set up fully before serving or storing.
Here are my favorite Ottolenghi cookbooks, in case you’re interested ~ click on any of the images below for more info.
Questions and Reviews
So….I have just completed trying this recipe from the magazine 2X…both were a fail…so I came online to check to see if there were any comments about the recipe. It looks like butter was omitted in the magazine recipe! I don’t feel so crazy now….I’ll use the recipe here.
I made these awhile back and they tasted wonderful and the dough was so smooth and easy to work with. I wonder if a little bit of orange in the glaze would be good?
I think an orange version would be a great idea, very season appropriate.
So gorgeous! I love how the glaze picks out the print even more!
I recently won these beautiful cookie stamps as part of a Christmas hamper (I only entered because of the stamps! 😉 ) and I’m so excited to use them.
I have other gingerbread recipes that work beautifully, but wanted to try something new.
Do you think this recipe would work without egg? I’m allergic.
Merry Christmas! x
I don’t know about removing the egg, maybe you could use a flax egg? Or some other egg substitute? Have fun with your stamps!!
Looks great. Thanks for sharing. Do you think this recipe will work with the rolling pin embossing? Thank you.
I’m not sure. I know that the stamps make a pretty deep impression, and I’m not sure the rolling pin does. I think the rolling pin is better for a firmer dough, but since I haven’t tried it, I can’t say for sure, sorry Laurie.
EDITED 2021: I’ve used this dough with an embossed rolling pin and it worked well.
My dough won’t come together! It’s super crumbly! Help!
Don’t panic! The dough should be nice and moist, so check your measurements…it’s possible you have a bit too much flour (always use the Fluff/Scoop/Level method) It’s also possible your butter was cold and needs to warm up to incorporate.
You can add a little milk or cream to the dough to bring it together, just be sure to add a LITTLE at a time, just enough to moisten it so it comes together.
If you used the recipe from the magazine, it omitted the butter in the recipe!
Can this dough be made a day or two ahead of time?
Yes, just keep it well wrapped so it doesn’t dry out at all.
Making this go right now and it is super crumbly all my measurements are perfect I am an everyday Baker
Try adding a little moisture, like a little more molasses or some milk, to moisten the dough. Add just a little, it will come together quickly.
Made these today. I liked that they were not overly sweet. I used my stamping up cookie presses and got about 20 cookies.
I am so glad I found you!!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!!! ?
100g of molasses is equivalent to 1/2 cup NOT 1/4 cup. I also cut the black pepper down to 1/8 teaspoon but that is just personal preference. Instead of rolling out the dough I used a 1 T. Cookie scoop and then stamped the cookie right on the cookie sheet. This was my first time stamping cookies and they turned out great!
I’ve used Ottolenghi’s recipe here, so that was his conversion. I used 1/4 cup and it was perfect. I rechecked online and I found that 100 grams of molasses is about 1/3 cup. The confusion is one of the reasons I don’t try to give conversions in my own recipes, there’s too much room for error! I’m glad these worked out for you, I thought they were such fun.
I’ve adjusted the amount of molasses in the recipe from 1/4 to 1/3, which is think is more accurate. I think the original Ottolenghi conversion was slightly off.
Ok, that does it! I am going to go to Nordic Ware for some cookie stamps! They are located here in the Twin Cities and they have a great company store! (Like I really need a reason) Thanks!
I would love to go to their store, what fun! Report back on what you get Jo 🙂
I love those stamps, but also the cookies look very festive and moreish!
Thanks Matt 🙂