Another Holiday Tradition

This is one of my favorite holiday recipes.  It’s not a crisp gingerbread like that we would use for making houses.  It’s a soft cookie. We have made gingerbread ninjas and wookies, as well as the more traditional shape.

Soft Gingebread People


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 5 cups flour


  1. Cream together butter, sugar and eggs. 
  2. Mix molasses and buttermilk in slowly.
  3. I use my garlic press to just press the juice from the ginger into this mixture.  
  4. Sift together the dry ingredients and add them to the mixture.  
  5. The dough is not very stiff and has to be put in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Overnight is better.
  6.   Roll out the cookie to about 1/2 inch thick and cut out.  
  7. You can frost them if you like with a buttercream frosting,  red hots, and gum drops.

Published by Stephany Riley Hoffelt

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