1988 3rd Place: Gloria Heeter's Best Gingerbread Cookies Recipe



  1. 1 c. Corn oil margarine
  2. 1 c. Molasses
  3. 1 c. Sugar
  4. 1 x Egg
  5. 4 c. Flour
  6. 2 tsp Baking pwdr
  7. 1 tsp Baking soda
  8. 3 tsp Grnd cinnamon
  9. 2 tsp Grnd cloves
  10. 2 tsp Grnd ginger
  11. 1 tsp Grnd nutmeg
  12. Currants, raisins, silver
  13. Balls and candy,
  14. For decoration
  15. 1 x Egg yolk mixed w/1 ts water
  16. Icing for decorating


  1. Preparation Time: 25 min
  2. Chilling Time: 8 hrs or possibly overnight
  3. Baking Time: 7 to 10 min
  4. 1.
  5. Beat margarine, sugar and molasses in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add in egg and mix well.
  7. 2.
  8. Sift together flour, baking pwdr, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.
  9. Add in to butter mix; mix well.
  10. 3.
  11. Divide dough into 4 equal portions on a large piece of plastic wrap.
  12. Wrap and shape into a flat disk about 1 inch thick.
  13. Chill till hard, about 8 hrs, or possibly freeze for 2 hrs.
  14. (Dough can be refrigerated up to 3 days.)
  15. 4.
  16. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  17. Working with 1 disk of the dough at a time, roll out on a well-floured board, dusting the rolling pin as you work.
  18. Dough will be very soft and can be difficult to work with so work quickly and use plenty of flour.
  19. Using cookie cutters dipped in flour, cut into desired shapes.
  20. Put cookies 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  21. Use currants or possibly candy for eyes or possibly buttons, if you like.
  22. 5.
  23. Bake till lightly puffed, 7 to 10 min.
  24. First batch may be puffier because they will have less flour rolled in them.
  25. While still hot, paint with egg yolk wash if you like.
  26. Cold on wire racks.
  27. Cold completely, then decorate as desired with icing.
  28. Icing: Mix confectioners' sugar with a small amount of water till thick and spreading consistency.
  29. Add in food coloring if you like and put in a small plastic bag.
  30. Cut a small hole in one corner and drizzle icing out onto the cooled cookies.
  31. Note: A 4-inch gingerbread cookie cutter was used in testing.
  32. Oak Brook's Gloria Heeter is a newcomer to the Chicago area and brings her favorite gingerbread cookie with her from Kansas City, Kan. "About nine years ago, my neighbor, Diane Collins, brought them over for Halloween in Halloween shapes," she says.
  33. "I took out some of the egg yolks and substituted corn oil margarine rather than shortening, that sometimes can have palm oil in it."
  34. Calling them
  35. "truly a cookie for all seasons," Heeter once even made them for her golden brown retriever's first birthday party.
  36. "We invited the neighborhood kids in for punch and cookies-cookies shaped like dogbones."
  37. At Christmas, though, "I typically print the names of each person on the cookies, place them in a plastic bag and decorate them with a red and green ribbon," writes Heeter of her personalized gingerbread people.
  38. "A handmade gift is always filled with love."