Butterscotch Gingerbread

And so it was that Christmas was upon us… and so it was that I had kids who don’t like gingerbread. Whose kids are these anyway? They can’t possibly be mine if they don’t like a cookie! In light of this sad and terrible fact, I decided to make a more mild and “kid-friendly” version of gingerbread.

One that would be most pleasing to the tongue of a North American child. And so I give you “Butterscotch Gingerbread”. A touch of spice mixed with the sweet flavor of butterscotch, topped with a vanilla bean royal icing. All-in-all the perfect balance. My children wolfed these down like they were the last cookies on earth.


Butterscotch Gingerbread

  • 1 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cardamom


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the eggs.
  3. Combine the flour, pudding mixes, ginger, baking powder, cinnamon, and cardamom; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness.
  5. I find dough bands extremely helpful at this point. Cut with lightly floured cookie cutters.
  6. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets, I lined mine with parchment. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until firm.
  7. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired. 
  8. I used a royal icing recipe and just added 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste to give it a rustic appeal.

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