Gingerbread is an undeniable smell and flavor of the holidays and every year at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa a massive gingerbread display is created to commemorate the Disney Holidays. While you can’t nosh on the massive confection, you CAN pick up gingerbread cookies to enjoy as you admire. Now, with this recipe, courtesy of Disney, you can enjoy that flavor for the holidays, Christmas in July, or any time of year that you want!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please be aware the content on this page is re-posted from 2011 so details and information may no longer be accurate.

Recipe makes 36 cookies.


Gingerbread Cookies:

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 2 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground star anise
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mace

Decoration (Optional):

  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup colored sugar granules


  1. Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth using an electric mixer. Add the eggs and mix until combined.
  2. Sift all the remaining dry ingredients in a separate large mixing bowl and mix well. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until a dough forms
  3. Remove dough from the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap; place in refrigerator until firm, two to four hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets.
  5. Remove dough from refrigerator and allow dough to sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes, until pliable. Divide dough in half and place on floured work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out until about 1/8 inch thick. While rolling, flour the work surface and rolling pin as needed.
  6. Cut out desired cookie shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer cookies to a greased cookie sheet, placing them 1 inch apart.
  7. Lightly brush cookies with milk and sprinkle with sugar granules as desired.
  8. Bake until firm and edges begin to darken, 10-14 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for a minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

The Grand has long been a favorite place to visit during the holiday season. The gingerbread house in the lobby of the resort has been a Walt Disney World holiday mainstay for the past few decades, with the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread calling to visitors.

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