What's the key to these six-ingredient soft gingerbread cookies? Spice cake mix. Perfect for last-minute holiday baking and gift-giving, these pillowy cookies are almost too easy to throw together on a whim. If you're craving a more intense flavor, you can always increase the ginger to two teaspoons—but be aware that most store-bought spice cake mixes already pack a pretty strong punch. 


Credit: Corey Williams

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 cookies


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350℉.  

  • Whisk together cake mix, ginger, and cloves. Stir egg, oil, and molasses into the cake mix mixture until combined. 

  • Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop the dough about two inches apart onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. 

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are set. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. 

Chef's Notes

To make soft crinkle gingerbread cookies, roll the dough into evenly sized balls and coat in a mixture of equal parts granulated sugar and powdered sugar. Bake according to the recipe.