Classic spicy and chewy Gingerbread cookies make a heartwarming Christmas gift that keeps well for weeks.

Prepare all the ingredients for making your chewy Gingerbread cookies.

In a pan over medium heat, stir together butter, brown sugar, and golden syrup or molasses until smooth.

Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and spices for the gingerbread cookies.

Pour the hot mixture over the flour and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

Continue mixing your chewy gingerbread cookies dough until no lumps of flour remain.

Knead the hot gingerbread cookie dough and roll out on parchment paper.

Cut shapes from the dough and carefully place them onto the prepared baking sheets.

Bake the chewy gingerbread cookies until evenly golden, approximately 12 minutes.

Decorate your gingerbread cookies and store in a cool, dark place. They'll be crunchy on the first day and mellow to a firm, chewy texture after that.