How to Make A Gingerbread Plane { A Christmas Gingerbread Airplane Recipe}

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Baking Christmas Cookies? Has your child ever asked for a gingerbread plane instead? Well, here’s a Gingerbread Airplane recipe we love!

My son loves airplanes.


At different points in the day, you will find him gliding through the house with his arms stretched out or will be helping a toy airplane (or at times even a sandwich!) fly through the air.

So last week, while gathering up all my cookie recipes for Christmas baking, I flipped through the pages of my Holiday Cookies cookbook (From the Chicago Tribune).

I found Natasha Schubert’s recipe for Gingerbread Bears.

Now I’ve seen gingerbread men, women and Christmas shapes around but never bears.

I figured if there were bears, my son could get planes, too, right?

How to Make A Gingerbread Plane { A Christmas Gingerbread Airplane Recipe}

How to Make A Gingerbread Plane { A Gingerbread Airplane Recipe}

This is such an easy recipe to follow, and the dough cooperates wonderfully.

Armed with this recipe and airplane cookie cutters, you’re all set to make these delicious airplane shaped cookies.

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Here’s the recipe, with permission from the Chicago Tribune to share (Yay!)

5 from 1 vote
Gingerbread Plane { A Christmas Gingerbread Airplane Recipe}
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
43 mins
Course: Christmas Cookies
Servings: 3 -4 dozen
Author: Nancy Schubert (Her recipe for Gingerbread Bears was published in Chicago Tribune's Holiday Cookies cookbook.)
  • 3 1/2 cups unsifted all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp cloves powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter- unsalted-softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup light molasses
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together and set aside
  2. In an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together on high speed, till light and fluffy (Approx. 2 minutes)
  3. Add egg and mix well
  4. Now add the molasses and lemon rind
  5. Mix on low speed to combine and slowly add the dry ingredients.
  6. Combine well. (You can do this even by hand)
  7. Once the dough is ready, divide the same into 3 parts, put each bit into a ziploc bag or wrap in a plastic wrap and place in the fridge to firm up. (Leave the same in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight, like I did.)
  8. When you're ready to bake your gingerbread planes, heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  9. Lightly grease baking sheets.
  10. Remove one bag of dough and roll out the same to a 1/8th thickness, (You can do this between two sheets of wax paper if you feel the dough is a little sticky)
  11. Cut out your planes with a cookie cutter shaped like a plane.
  12. Gently transfer each plane to the baking sheet, leaving a 1 inch gap between each.
  13. Bake for 8-10 minutes, till the cookies are lightly browned.
  14. Transfer from the baking sheet to a cooking tray or rack. Cool completely if you plan to decorate them...or enjoy these as is.

I made up a batch of over 36 gingerbread airplanes yesterday.

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And today when I opened the cookie jar to grab myself a cookie, I noticed we only have 6 remaining!

(Everything else was gobbled up at the kids’ Christmas playdate.)

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The look of pure joy on my son’s face and watching his gingerbread airplane swoop and fly over our dining table was worth it!

This Christmas, why don’t you consider baking Gingerbread Planes and pairing these with Planes-inspired Stocking Stuffers?

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These would make great last-minute Christmas gifts for an airplane fan you know.


Do you like gingerbread cookies? Do you do specific shapes?


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  1. I love gingerbread cookies and it makes no difference to me what shape they are in! They are all delish!

  2. 5 stars
    Those are so cute! Gingerbread cookies are already delicious, but these airplane shapes make them even more fun!

  3. 5 stars
    These are so adorable. I don’t know what it is about cookies that are in shapes, but they always seem to taste better!

  4. These cookies are adorable! My family makes gingerbread cookies each year, and I love the plane shapes, we will have to make these too this year.

  5. Those planes are CUTE! I don’t mind gingerbread, but I’d rather have just plain ‘ole sugar cookies!

  6. 5 stars
    We haven’t made cut out cookies in years. I think my boys would love trying gingerbread ones, even if we don’t do the traditional shapes.

  7. 5 stars
    Oh my heart, those airplane gingerbread cookies are so cute! I just love them! And I bet they taste delicious! I have some kids who would love them.

  8. It looks like the cookies turned out perfectly. You can’t go wrong with gingerbread cookies. It’s so fun to bake and especially when it’s appreciated by family.

  9. What a fun twist on a traditional Christmas treat! I haven’t seen this movie, but I bet it’s great!

  10. These are so fun! My son absolutely loves Planes Fire and Rescue, he would think these were so cool.

  11. 5 stars
    My dad used to fly a little plane, it was parked out in our field and he had a landing strip in the front field. It was always his dream as a little boy and he accomplished that. SO let your son dream those dreams.

    1. My husband keeps telling me that Shelley but in my heart I guess I’m scared to think of him growing up and flying an airplane.

  12. Those cookies are very cute. We haven’t tried gingerbread cookies, but we did make a lighter version of sugar cookies this year.

  13. We plan on doing some baking over the break, the littlest ones are big fans of Cars, we haven’t seen Planes yet but I suspect we will have to soon.

  14. how adorable! i might need to find a plane cutout because these cookies would be a great addition to my nephews christmas gift!

  15. These look DELICIOUS! My son has Celiac Disease but we found a yummy gluten free recipe for gingerbread this year and we were able to make them this Christmas too! These cookies remind me of the days when I still had to feed my kids and use the airplane sound to get them to open their mouths. 🙂 #client

  16. 5 stars
    These look so cute and fun to make. I know that my niece and nephew would love to make these with me. I need to make these awesome cookies soon.

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