Gingerbread Drop Cookies

We’re closing in on Christmas! Can you feel the joy?! The excitement?!… The panic to get everything done.

Gingerbread Drop Cookies

I know that most of us feel the time pinch these last few weeks of the year, but don’t let that stop you from baking a batch of Christmas cookies! Santa’s counting on you 😉

If (like me) you are finding yourself short on time, give these Gingerbread Drops a try or my Eggnog Snickerdoodles. Both are easy recipes with lots of holiday flavour, and (happily) do not require chilling, or cookie cutters, or skillful techniques. Then take a quite moment for yourself to enjoy the season… and fresh baked cookies.

Gingerbread Drop Cookies

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Gingerbread Drop Cookies

Recipe Type: dessert
Makes: 30 cookies (approx.)

Gingerbread Drop Cookies

An easy drop style cookie, full of holiday flavours.


  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 3/4 cup packed, Light Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Allspice
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Fancy Molasses
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Dairy-Free Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips


Preheat oven to 375°F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Beat the shortening on medium-high speed for about 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar and beat for another 60 seconds. Add the baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice, and salt, and beat until well combined. Add the molasses and applesauce, and beat for 60 – 90 seconds, scrapping sides of the bowl when necessary. Beat in the flour. Stir in the cranberries and chocolate chips.

Using a tablespoon to measure, scoop dough and drop onto cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned. Allow to cool on sheets for 3 – 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely before storing.

Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days.


Gingerbread Drop Cookies






2 thoughts on “Gingerbread Drop Cookies

  1. cookingdairyfree

    We tried these gingerbread cookies, and everyone loved them! Thanks for sharing them, because drop cookies are so much easier than rolling out cookies. Now, I just need to try your shortbread cookies and Christmas crack candy (from last year) because they both look so good.

    1. Starr @ The Misfit Baker Post author

      Thank you! I’m so glad that they were enjoyed!… Definitely try the Christmas Crack. I hadn’t planned on making it this year, but there were so many requests for it, I ended up throwing together a batch this week anyway. People seem to be nuts for that stuff! Though personally, I prefer the gingerbread 😉

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