Molasses-Gingerbread Cookie Dough

This recipe is used to make our Swedish Gingerbread House, Gingerbread Facade, and Snow-Swept Gingerbread Cottage.

  • Yield: Makes enough for one house, plus embellishments
Molasses-Gingerbread Cookie Dough

Source: Martha Stewart Living, Holiday 2009


  • 1 1/4 cups packed dark-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Combine brown sugar, molasses, butter, spices, and salt in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Stir in milk. Remove from heat, and let cool.

  2. Pour milk mixture into a mixing bowl; add baking powder and flour. With an electric mixer, and beginning on low speed and increasing to medium, beat until well combined. Divide dough in half; shape into disks. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate overnight. Dough can be frozen up to 1 month; thaw in the refrigerator before using.


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