Homemade Gingerbread Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

December 14, 2016

Last week, I shared some gift ideas for your foodie friends and included Taste Box.  I received the November Taste Box, Sugar & Spice and decided to create a yummy recipe using some of the high-end ingredients I received.

About Taste Box

The Taste Box is a monthly subscription company that began out of a love for food.  They do all of the hard work of finding quality ingredients- sauces, spices, and more.  Once they select the theme and perfect compliments to the box, they send it off to arrive right at your doorstep.  I love how Taste Box sends detailed information about each item in the box, and they even include a link for some recipes to try out.

Every month, the box theme changes. This box, Sugar and Spice, includes the perfect spices for every fall/winter baked good imaginable. The possibilities and recipes are endless.

Gingerbread Cookies

Santa isn’t the only one who loves gingerbread cookies.  The homemade cream cheese icing on these balance out the cinnamon spice flavor of the cookie and add an extra sweetness. These are a crowd-pleaser for sure, and they make the perfect cookie to decorate with your family.

Makes about 2 dozen


2 1/2 C. flour (plus more for rolling)
1/2 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt
2 t. ground ginger
2 t. ground cinnamon (I used the Saigon Cinnamon in my box, so I only used 1 1/2 t.)
3/4 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. ground nutmeg (I used freshly grated nutmeg from the whole nutmeg in my box)
(I added a few shakes of the baking spice in my box to make it more flavorful)
8 T (1 stick) butter (at room temp)
1/2 C sugar
1 egg
1/2 C honey (I used the summer floral honey in my box)
1/4 C pure, maple syrup

For the icing:
8 oz. (1 block) of cream cheese
2 t. vanilla extract (or 1 Mexican vanilla bean- I used the one in my box)
4 C. powdered sugar


1. Whisk flour, baking soda, and all spices together in a large bowl. 2. Use another bowl and a mixer (on medium-high) to beat butter and sugar until fluffy.  3. Beat in egg. 4. Add honey and maple syrup and mix well.  5. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture in gradually until mixture is combined. 6. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour. 7. Flour a sheet of parchment paper generously and use a roller to roll dough to desired thickness (around 1/4 in), freeze for 20 minutes. 8. Preheat oven to 350° and cut out desired shapes (or roll into balls), then place dough on parchment paper lined baking sheet. 9. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. 10. While cookies are cooling, combine cream cheese and vanilla in mixer until combined.  11. Add powdered sugar a little at a time and blend until smooth. 12. Spread cream cheese on cookies, or spoon into plastic baggie and cut off the very tip to pipe frosting to decorate.

Recipe adapted from Honey-gingerbread cookies.

These are fantastic dipped in hot cocoa.  I made cinnamon hot cocoa with the Saigon Cinnamon from my box.

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Do you know anyone that would love these cookies?  Who will you make them for? Leave me a comment below.

I received a free box in exchange for a review.  All opinions remain my own.

  • candy December 14, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Santa is going to love these gingerbread cookies with cream cheese frosting. Look so pretty. I know the house smelled amazing.

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks! It really did.

  • Chrissy December 14, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Can not wait to try these! I haven’t made ginger cookies before, so I’m excited to try these!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      It was my first time to make it too!

  • Kristine-Bites of Flavor December 14, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Cream cheese frosting?!! YES please! Great recipe and love that you used that frosting.

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      It’s so good!! My husband ate all of them in 2 days. haha

  • Chrissy December 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

    These look really good, I bet Santa is going to love them!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks, Chrissy!! 🙂

  • Rebecca Hicks December 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Your cookies turned out so cute! I love how you decorated them… Normally it’s the bright red and green, but I’m digging the natural cream color. Pinned this recipe to try out next week!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks girl! I wanted to do something different. Colton ended up eating all of them in just 2 days. haha.

  • Clarissa December 14, 2016 at 11:32 am

    These are so cute! I’ve never tried frosting on gingerbread cookies, let alone cream cheese frosting – this will seriously up my gingerbread game!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      I hope you try it and love it!

  • Miri Nadler December 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I love using cream cheese frosting. It sounds perfect with gingerbread cookies. Beautiful.

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      It was! Thank you so much.

  • Charlotte December 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Oh, these look so delicious! You know, I’ve never made a cream cheese frosting. I KNOW. These are adorable–thanks for sharing 🙂 XOXO

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you, girl! Cream cheese frosting is easy, try it soon. haha. 😉

  • Melissa Blake December 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    ooooh, those look absolutely delicious!!!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks, Melissa! They were so good!

  • Dawn December 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Cream cheese frosting really steps up the wow factor with these cookies, they look and sound delicious! And I love the subscription box, that is a great gift idea!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you!! Taste Box is so fun! I love finding out about fresh ingredients and supporting small businesses.

  • Kate December 14, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Um, these look delicious! And the cream cheese icing?! Yum! I’ll definitely have to try these out in the next few weeks.

    x Kate

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks, Kate! I hope you love them!

  • Heather @Boston Girl Bakes December 14, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Oh I am so going to have to check out Taste Box this is right up my alley! And what a fun way to use up those new spices…looks all I need is some coffee to go with those and I’d be all set 🙂

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      You should! It’s awesome. A dash of cinnamon in your coffee is probably good too.

  • Divya December 14, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    There is seriously a box for everything! (Not that I’m complaining. I love the idea of ingredients just showing up on my doorstep). I have a subscription box addiction. I subscribe to them ALL!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Haha. I know what you mean. They are so fun! It’s like getting monthly presents in the mail.

  • suzanne December 15, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Somehow I haven’t had any gingerbread yet this year! These look so good.

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      This was my first one this year too! Thanks!

  • Crystal December 15, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Yummy, I’m so going to have to try to make these. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you, Crystal!

  • Kimberley Marquis December 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

    These look delish! I’ll have to try them out!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      I hope you love them!

  • Mary December 15, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I love gingerbread cookies at Christmas time and yours look adorable. I’m sure Santa is going to love them!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks, girl!

  • Alexa December 15, 2016 at 9:42 am

    These look amazing! I have never made anything gingerbread in the past, but I’m really liking the idea! 🙂

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      I hadn’t either. It was my first attempt.

  • Belle December 15, 2016 at 10:15 am

    These are so cute and look really good! I’m going to try making these!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Thanks, Belle! I hope you enjoy them.

  • Aimee Cook December 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Love this!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks, Aimee!

  • Logan December 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    These looks delicious! I love cream cheese icing!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Me too! It’s my favorite, second to chocolate.

  • Jazz December 15, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Those cookies are so cute! I also love food subscription boxes. They inspire me to create different recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you, Jazz! I agree completely.

  • Lexi December 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I love gingerbread cookies! I’ve never made them before. I see a baking day in my future!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      This was my first go at it! I hope you try it soon.

  • Rachel December 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Gingerbread cookies are my fave but I’ve never tried making them on my own. Yum!!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks, girl! You should try them!

  • Val December 15, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Those are so impressive! Super pretty and look so tasty

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks, girl!

  • Amber December 15, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I absolutely love this!! I’m going to have to check out Taste Box ASAP! Thank you for sharing.

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      It’s such a cool gift idea…or just fun for yourself. 😉

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen December 16, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Homemade gingerbread cookies are the best! I love the brand of ingredients you used, and getting them from Taste Box was a great idea.

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks, Kimberly!! This month’s box was such a treat! So many great items!

  • Sharon December 16, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Ohh Taste Box. I’ve never heard of them I gotta check it out. Those cookies are so adorable!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks, Sharon ! You should definitely check them out!

  • Nicole Parise December 16, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I love making my own icing! Looks like fun 🙂
    xx nicole

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! It was delicious.

  • Cait Weingartner December 16, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Your cookies came out great! I’ve never thought of using a cream cheese icing on gingerbread, but I bet it’s a wonderful combination. I’m definitely going to be baking these cookies this year!

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you! I rarely make good looking cookies, so I will take it!

  • Rochelle Valle December 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I love Gingerbread cookies. They came out so cute! I need to try this cream cheese frosting because it’s my jam!

    With Love Rochelle

    • Jessica December 16, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you so much, Rochelle! It’s my jam too!

  • Angie December 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

    These look so delicious! I haven’t made gingerbread cookies in years! I need to.