Gingerbread Cookies

Looking for a festive dessert to bring to your holiday dinners or just a simple treat for a Christmas movie night? These gingerbread cookies take about 45 minutes to make but will be gone in a matter of seconds. Not only are they delicious but baking and decorating them is a fun activity to do with the kids. I like to cut the dough into holiday shapes and put out icing, sprinkles, and candy to decorate. They end up looking super cute and Santa sure likes them when he stops by! I replace the conventional butter or margarine used in the typical cookie, with coconut oil instead. Because I’ll be eating many of these cookies it’s a great idea to add some healthy ingredients to a not-so-healthy snack! 


  • Kelapo coconut oil (¾ cup) 
  • brown sugar (¾ cup) 
  • molasses (¾ cup) 
  • salt (1 teaspoon) 
  • cinnamon (2 teaspoons) 
  • ground ginger (2 teaspoons) 
  • allspice powder (¼ teaspoon) 
  • 1 large egg 
  • baking powder (1 teaspoon) 
  • baking soda (½ teaspoon) 
  • all-purpose flour (3 ½ cups) 
  • preztels (for antlers)
  • M&Ms (for eyes)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a pan begin to melt ¾ cup of coconut oil over low heat. Once melted, stir in ¾ cup of brown sugar, ¾ cup of molasses, 1 teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of allspice, 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Stir until combined over low heat. Once all ingredients are incorporated, move the mixture to a large bowl and let cool. 
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In another bowl mix together 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, and 3 ½ cups of flour. Next, add this to the ginger molasses mixture. Mix until everything is evenly combined into a smooth dough. 
  3. Start rolling the dough into 2 inch balls for a classic cookie look or you can roll the dough with a rolling pin and cut the dough into shape using a cookie cutter. 
  4. Place each cookie 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. When the cookies are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before adding M&M eyes and pretzel antlers.
  5. Enjoy! 
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