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Cocoa Ginger Cookies

Do you decorate a traditional gingerbread house? Skip the extra messy 3D houses and make a batch of these cocoa ginger cookies to decorate instead!

Do you decorate a traditional gingerbread house? Skip the extra messy 3D houses and make a batch of these cocoa ginger cookies to decorate instead!

I couldn’t end the year without posting one last recipe, specifically for holiday cookies!  And, can you really make it through the Christmas holidays without eating a seasonal cookie or two?  Skip the extra messy 3D gingerbread houses and make a batch of these cocoa ginger cookies to decorate instead!


Image first Appeared in Christmas Mantel Décor

You may remember that I shared (my first batch of) these cocoa ginger cookies in the mantel décor post for Wayfair.  Fun fact, I actually got these house-shaped cookie cutters from Wayfair in my swag bag at BlogPodium, so I knew I had to incorporate them in there somehow!


Anyways, I’ve made a second batch of these cookies – and decided to add some white icing.


They are more on the not-super-sweet side, so if you still need a bit of sweetness, you might want to think about adding icing as well.


Although I decided to be lazy and get a store-bought pack of icing…


I altered the recipe a bit from the first to the second batch; because I found that the flour (that you roll them in) was a bit too light once they were baked. (DIY-tip: if you use whole wheat flour, like me, you might want to sift out the big chunks for your dusting flour).


I just had to add in some cocoa powder, and it blends in much nicer with the dark cookies.


Do you normally make and/or decorate a traditional gingerbread house?  If you make a batch of these cocoa ginger cookies in the shapes of little houses, they’ll be much easier to decorate and store!  You could also make little gingerbread men and ladies too – the possibilities are endless :)

Cocoa Ginger Cookies

Serves: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 7-9 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Softened Butter (*see notes)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 cup White Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder (I used Unsweetened)
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Flour mixed with 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder (for rolling)



Set oven to 350°­F


In a small/medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, spices and baking powder. Add a dash of salt if using unsalted butter


Beat butter, egg, sugar, vanilla and syrup together in a medium/large bowl.


Slowly add the dry ingredients into the large bowl, beating as you go. Dough should be slightly crumbly, but easily forms ball


Spread a bit of cocoa/flour mixture on a clean flat surface.


Grab half of the dough and roll out evenly, then use cookie cutter to cut out shapes.


Place on parchment lined baking tray and bake for 7-9 minutes.


Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.


OPTIONAL: Decorate cookies with icing/candies/etc.


Dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. * If using salted butter, omit salt. Otherwise, add a dash did not sponsor this post, however I did receive the cookie cutter for free.


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  • Reply
    Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods
    December 22, 2016 at 7:12 am

    These are adorable little house ginger cookies! They would be perfect for decorating at our children’s Christmas party. Thanks so much for the recipe and inspiration!

    • Reply
      January 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      You could make a little village of houses :)

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