Classic Light Gingerbread Dough

Light and Dark Gingerbread Dough
Tara Fisher © 2015
  • Prep: 10 minutes, plus 1 hour and 15 minutes of chilling
  • Cook: 5 minutes


1/2cup light molasses, golden syrup, or honey
1cup light brown sugar
14tablespoons (1 stick + 6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
Zest of 1 lemon
4teaspoons ground ginger
2teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4teaspoon ground cloves
1teaspoon baking soda
4cups all-purpose flour
1teaspoon salt
1 lightly beaten large free-range egg


  1. Pour the light molasses into a large saucepan with the sugar, butter, zest, and spices and melt over low/medium heat, stirring frequently until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Increase the heat to bring the mixture to boiling point. Remove from the heat and beat in the baking soda. The mixture will froth up at this point as the baking soda reacts—mix briefly until combined, then let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Sift the flour and salt, then fold into the mixture in batches, using a wooden spoon or a stand mixer. Beat in the egg using a wooden spoon or a stand mixer, until just combined. Do not overwork the mixture, or the cookies will spread during baking.
  4. The dough will be very sticky to begin with, but do not add any flour. Scrape out of the bowl onto a clean surface and knead together until just smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Makes 2 1/4 pounds of dough.

This recipe was republished with permission from Gingerbread Wonderland by Mima Sinclair (Kyle Books, 2016).