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Lofthouse-Style Gingerbread Cookies

One of the best cookies that you can get from a store but homemade. Soft and thick gingerbread spice cookies with a thick glob of maple browned butter cream cheese icing.
Thanksgiving is now over, Black Friday is over and Cyber Monday is here. It's insane that how fast this year has gone by.
Christmas isn't that far away, its exactly a month away when it post this. Since pumpkin spice is over it is now time for Christmas flavors.
In the next month, I will be posting recipes Christmas flavors like today Gingerbread, hot chocolate, egg nog, peppermint chocolate and cinnamon.
These are like the cookies that you can get from the store bakery that almost every likes and melt in your mouth.
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Maple Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars
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Lofthouse-style Gingerbread Cookies

Prep- 15 minutes
Chilling- 1 hours
Baking- 13 to 14 minutes


Gingerbread Cookies
3 1/2 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
3/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup Molasses, lukewarm
1 1/2 Tablespoons Baking Powder

1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
2 1/2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Clove
3/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
2 large eggs
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3/4 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt

Maple Browned Butter Cream Cheese Buttercream
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, browned and cooled
5 ounces Cream Cheese
3 1/2 cup Confectioners' Sugar
2 teaspoons Pure Maple Extract or Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste or Pure Vanilla Extract
1 to 2 Tablespoons Half and Half or Milk
1/4 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
Ground Cinnamon, for topping

1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, salt and baking powder.  Set aside. In a larger bowl, cream together softened butter and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes or until fluffy.
2. Tip: Heat up a little of water in taller cup and place molasses in water for a few minutes. This will help it come out faster.
3. Scrap the sides down. Add in eggs one at time until well incorporated. Pour in molasses and mix until well incorporated.  Add in vanilla.
4. Slowly add in the flour mixture about a 1/2 cup at a time. Beat until flour in mixed in then add in more. Fold in the last of the flour then cover and chill for 30 to 1 hour in the fridge.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out 3 tablespoons worth of chilled cookie dough and bake for 13 to 14 minutes. The cookies maybe soft in the middle, that's okay. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wired rack to cool completely.
6. While the cookies are cooling, brown 3/4 cup butter until it is nutty in fragrance and a light brown color about 7 to 9 minutes. Keep an eye on it because it may burn fast. Do not whisk it just swirl the pan. Take it off the heat for 10 to 15 minutes before transferring to a bowl. Add in maple extract and vanilla extract, if you are using it. Let the butter solidify, this can take up to an hour.
7. Once the butter is solid, add cream cheese and whip it up for 2 to 3 minutes. Add maple syrup and vanilla bean paste, if you are using it. Slowly add in confectioners' sugar a cup at a time. Add milk to make it easier to spread and salt.
8. Smooth a tablespoons worth of buttercream onto the cooled cookies, sprinkle of ground cinnamon and let the cookies set for at least 30 minutes before consuming. Store in a cool area.


  1. These look fantastic. I can't wait to try them.

  2. These gingerbread cookies look absolutely delicious, and my mouth is watering just looking at pictures of your cookies. How did you learn how to bake so well? You must be an amazing cook and baker as well! :)

  3. This gingerbread recipe looks so pillowy soft. I'm a sucker for cream cheese frosting too, though I've never tried it with maple incorporated.

  4. I want to make these for my neighbors! These look so good!

  5. These sounds so amazing! I love cookies that melt in your mouth. Especially festive seasonal ones :)

  6. Gingerbread cookies are my favorite and these look so good!

  7. Love anything gingerbread this looks so good.

  8. These look so delicious! a must try :)


  9. I've never tried this version before! I love gingerbread!

  10. This looks so delish! Perfect for the season. Thanks for sharing.

  11. These look delicious! They would be perfect for a Christmas treat or for friends and neighbors! I can't wait to see what other goodie you come up with!

  12. OMG YUMMMMM, this looks heavenly! I really like cream cheese frostings, and I think it will go so well together! I can't wait to try these out, they look amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I love how thick and fluffy you've gotten them! And that pile of icing on top just makes me want to dive into a big bowl of of these gingerbread cookies!

  14. Oh my goodness it is the best of both worlds. Definitely giving this one a try.

  15. These look so good! Perfect treat for the holidays!

  16. Yum! These look so good. They look soft (which I love). So many people make hard gingerbread cookies! Love these!

  17. Definitely noting down this one and giving it a try. They looks so delicious 😋

  18. I love a cookie with icing. Mmmmm - so good!

  19. gingerbread cookies are one of my FAVORITES! The buttercream frosting sounds delicious !

  20. These look like the perfect Fall and cold weather cookie. You can tell just by looking at them that they are soft, warm and full of spice.

  21. What a great recipe. Even a novice like me can try and make these!

  22. These look delicious! I’ve never had gingerbread with a cream cheese frosting. I’ll have to try these!

  23. I'm not the biggest fan of ginger but these cookies look delicious! Never had an iced one before so that could make me like them!
    Ebony x

  24. Oh my these looks so delicious. Would you believe me if I told you I could smell them through the computer!?

  25. I love anything with cinnamon during the cold season. These look so good!

    Rosy |

  26. HOLY MOLY! These cookies look delicious! I wouldn't have thought to put a cream cheese frosting with them, but what a GREAT idea! I will definitely try this recipe out!

  27. This is so yumm! I have never tried Gingerbread cookies! This is making go out of my and search it here in my city!

  28. These cookies look like the perfect cookie for Santa! Can't wait to make them this holiday season! Thanks for sharing!

  29. I am a total dessert addict and these look amazing! These would be great to make with my children!!

  30. I love gingerbread cookies. Having these cookies softer is a great alternative to the classic crispy style. Definitely a sweet holiday treat

  31. I love gingerbread cookies! They really are such a Christmas treat! Love that yours are thicker and softer than most. Need to try them!

  32. they look amazing, I love gingerbread so I'm going to have to give this recipe a try

  33. This gingerbread time of the year. I love gingerbread cookies and these look scrumptious. Can't wait to try.

  34. Nothing says Christmas to me like gingerbread. What a great way to celebrate the season.

  35. Fluffy beautiful Gingerbread cookies. My family is going to go crazy over these.

  36. Oh these are true Christmas cookies. I want to grab one or two right of the screen. These look sooo good.

  37. We usually have a family cooking making night and I may just make these. They look soo good!

  38. These cookies look so killer! I need to try these out, my family would seriously love them for the holiday season!

  39. So tempting. I have this urge to bite into them now. Great pictures. Thanks for the detailed recipe.

  40. My family looooooove gingerbread cookies. These looks so thick and delicious! I'll be trying this recipe out.

  41. I for one am relieved that we're done with pumpkin spice and ready for Christmas flavors! Hooray!

  42. These look like the perfect cookies for a Christmas cookie tray!

  43. How much baking powder do you add?

    1. I thought I had it in there, sorry. 1 1/2 tablespoons.

  44. So I think if you put maple browned butter cream cheese icing on anything its going to be the bomb! I am not even the biggest Gingerbread fan but these cookies look so soft and with the icing I would probably eat them all.


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