Gingerbread Cookies

July 28, 2009.   5 Comments.   Categories Cookies from Home.  


Gingerbread Cookies

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Today a very nice reader asked me for recipe suggestions for cookies she could send to her son in Iraq.  It’s a difficult journey for perishable items with an approximate two week shipping time and temperatures as high as 130 degrees.  I wanted to help her so I did some research and found this recipe online.  It was part of a heart-warming story about a mom’s quest to send cookies to soldiers overseas.  She was nick-named… “the Cookie Mom”  (story here)

This recipe was included in that story.  She found that cookies with molasses survived the trek.  I will continue to post other recipes to this section as I find them in hopes that this becomes a nice resource for military families wanting to ship cookies to their loved ones.


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, molasses and vinegar; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; cool to lukewarm. Stir in egg.
Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; stir into molasses mixture to form a soft dough.
Divide dough into thirds. Shape each portion into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter.
Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 3-4 dozen.

Packaging Tips (also from

  • Drop, refrigerator and sandwich cookies are fairly sturdy and less likely to break when shipping.
  • Drop cookies should be bundled back-to-back in packages of two.
  • Some refrigerator cookies can be stacked in threes and then tied with ribbon to make them look extra-special.
  • Strong-flavored cookies, such as gingerbread cookies, should be kept separate from milder ones.
  • Once your cookies are neatly bundled in plastic wrap, place them in disposable plastic containers lined with crumpled wax paper. Colorful paper mache boxes also work nicely.
  • Place your cookie containers in a second larger box that is cushioned by crumpled wax paper or bubble wrap.
  • A friendly letter or greeting is always appreciated. Be sure to include one with your care package.

For more information on ways you can help support our troops, go to Washington Operation Thank You. To find a soldier in need of cookies, visit


  1. I have a blog very similar to this one. You have some informative info on the topic and I was wondering if I could reference your internet site on my blog?

  2. I have a blog very similar to this one. You have some informative info on the subject and I wondered if I could reference your website on my blog?

  3. As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me so thank you.

  4. Hi Laura, I’m happy to help and hope the recipes work out for you. I’ll post several more this weekend. Maybe we can get more people inspired to use to send cookies to soldiers who don’t have people at home baking for them! Ironically, I grew up riding horses too…. and even did a little barrel racing in horse shows myself… hardly rodeo level, but it was a lot of fun!

  5. Thank you so much for helping me with this. I did copy this recipe and can’t wait for other recipes. This is our first deployment and let me tell ya, this ole mama is having a hard time. I’m so proud of my son and what he is doing. We are also a rodeo family, i run barrels and JB and his brother ride bulls but right now he has traded his cowboy boots for combat boots. You know, what these young men and women are doing takes dedication, the love for this country and fellow men, they are going to see and experience things thay would make us grown folks run and hide. These young men and women are the TRUE HEROES. Again thank you for the recipes, I know JB and his crew will be thankful also..

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