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January 14, 2021 MINNA Kitchen

MINNA Kitchen with Cate Collins: Gingerbread Cookies

MINNA’s star baker and gift concierge Cate Collins has treated us with a cookie recipe for our weekend bakers. Filled with all the buttery, warm, and cinnamon spice flavor-filled notes, this recipe shouts winter cozy.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Step One: Make the Dough

  • Combine the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on a medium - high speed, once your ingredients are fully mixed, lower your electric mixer speed to medium-low, and add in the egg, molasses, vinegar and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl combine your flour, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg.
  • Finally combine your dry mixture and molasses mixture together and mix on low speed- be careful not to overmix the dough.

Step Two: Chill the Dough

  • Cover your cookie dough and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight. (if you chill your dough overnight, remove it from the refrigerator 15 minutes prior to use for an easier roll.)

Step Three: Cut Your Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • On a lightly floured surface, split the dough into two and roll each half out until they are ¼ inch thick.
  • Cut out your cookies into your desired shapes, and place them about 1 inch apart on a lined baking sheet.

Step Four: Bake the Cookies

  • Bake your cookies for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
  • Once baked, remove your cookies from the oven and carefully transfer them to a drying rack.

Step Five: Decorate the Cookies

  • Make your royal icing using 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 egg white, color your icing using food coloring.