Chewy Ginger Cookies (VIDEO)




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a stack of chewy ginger cookies

Chewy Ginger Cookies are the ultimate fall and holiday cookie, full of warm spices and molasses, they’re crisp on the outside and nice and chewy inside.  They’re so easy to make and your whole house will smell amazing.

a stack of chewy ginger cookies with parchment paper dividers

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We make these chewy Ginger Cookies every year.  They’re not very flashy, but they are delicious.  The spices are just perfect, and even though they spread out while they bake, they stay nice and chewy.   A batch of these will put you in the holiday mood, guaranteed.

How to make chewy ginger cookies, step by step photos

This recipe comes from our good friend Liz.  When my girls were very young she opened up her sunny kitchen to them for an afternoon of holiday cookie baking.  They made a huge mess and many cookies that day, but these were the memory makers.  They scent the kitchen and are absolutely addictive when eaten warm from the oven.   Thanks Liz—not only for giving us a favorite family recipe but for introducing my girls to the joys of baking.  I would have been too preoccupied with the devastation in my kitchen to have pulled it off.  Once flour gets into the nooks and crannies and crevices of a kitchen it’s pretty much there for good…just like the image I carry with me of my girls dusted in white, proudly tasting their cookies.

Chewy Ginger Cookies stacked up in a tea towel

Chewy Ginger Cookies keep really well thanks to the molasses, and they’re sturdy, too.  They make a great choice for giving as a part of a cookie assortment, and for shipping.  They freeze well, too.  I guess you could say they’re the perfect cookie ;)  If you love chocolate, try my Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies ~ they have the same great flavor and texture, with a hint of chocolate.

a stack of chewy ginger cookies

 

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Chewy Ginger Cookies
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Category: cookies

Cuisine: American

Yield: 2 1/2- 3 dozen

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories per serving: 92

Chewy Ginger Cookies

Chewy Ginger Cookies are the ultimate fall and holiday cookie, full of warm spices and molasses, they're crisp on the outside and nice and chewy inside.  They're so easy to make and your whole house will smell amazing.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • extra sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 350F
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and molasses.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix until blended.
  5. Form or scoop balls the size of a small walnut. Roll in granulated sugar to coat.
  6. Place on an un-greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet 2" apart.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, an let cool slightly on the pan before transferring to a rack.

notes ~

  • There’s no need to chill this dough before baking, but you can certainly make it ahead if you like.
  • To freeze the dough I suggest scooping it out onto a baking sheet and freezing until the dough balls are solid.  Then put the dough into a zip lock freezer bag.  Thaw the dough balls before rolling and baking.

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128 Comments

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    December 12, 2018 at 6:59 am

    How much is 1.5 sticks of butter? Is that really 3 cups??

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      Sue
      December 12, 2018 at 7:45 am

      That’s 3/4 cup, Vanessa.

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    Sharon
    December 11, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I just made these cookies best ginger cookies ever! I made them with 1/2 the sugar they are so good thank for sharing.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Great to know they do ok with less sugar, thanks Sharon and happy holidays <3

  • Reply
    Christie
    December 11, 2018 at 4:37 am

    These cookies are amazing! I was wondering if they freeze well after baking them :)?

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    Terry C.
    November 22, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I age my Aden these cookies 3 times in the last week and a half! It is a new favorite to those I have sent or given them to. They ship amazingly well. No breakage and the flavor and chewiness is still there according me to my best friend. She says she will order again soon!

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I did add some spices to the sugar like another reviewer, but not a lot. The cookies have the right amount of spice and I didn’t want too much more. My house smells so amazing…again as I made them again tonight for some guests coming for the weekend. I am anticipating their cookie craving to be quite satisfied! ??

    I look forward to trying your other recipes if they are as good as these Chewy Ginger cookies!!

    Terry

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      Terry C.
      November 26, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Ha ha ha, that should have read, “ I have made these cookies 3 times…”. I sure don’t even know how the beginning to that first line got so messed up. I know I proof read it before sending it. So weird! Oh will I am sure you figured out what I meant. ?

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks for the great feedback Terry :) You make a good point that these cookies ship well because they’re soft and chewy, not fragile.

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    Vicky
    October 29, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    My son has a milk allergy, so I was wondering if I could substitute margarine for the unsalted butter.

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 29, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      That should work fine Vicky.

    • Reply
      Samantha
      December 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Vicky,

      I too have a dairy allergy and they actually make dairy free buttery sticks that work perfectly in this recipe! I have not tried straight margarine.

      • Reply
        Sue
        December 7, 2018 at 4:58 pm

        Thanks for that info Samantha.

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    Wanda
    October 27, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Hello what kind of molasses s/b used?

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 27, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      Regular, not blackstrap.

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    Colleen
    October 23, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I was wondering what kind of sugar goes in the chewy ginger cookies. Confectioners or powdered?

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      Regular granulated sugar Colleen, not confectioners or powdered.

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        Michelle
        December 13, 2018 at 8:47 pm

        Do you think brown sugar would work well ?

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          Sue
          December 13, 2018 at 9:06 pm

          Great question ~ brown sugar is just regular sugar with molasses added to it, so I’m not sure you’d gain anything by using it since molasses is in the recipe. But you can substitute it, in the same amount, for the regular sugar. You might notice a change in texture, but it would be interesting to try.

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    Lorraine wish
    August 7, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Ginger in what form? Dry or fresh chopped?

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 7, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      These cookies use powdered ginger Lorraine.

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    Carol
    July 25, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    What size cookie scoop do you use for these cookies?

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      Sue
      July 25, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      Hey Carol ~ I use my 1 1/2 inch scoop.

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        Carol
        July 25, 2018 at 7:09 pm

        Thank you <3

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    bella
    April 18, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I made this recipe and the cookies turned out delicious! My Bible Study class gobbled them up and my family adored them. The only thing I changed was to use Kerrygold salted butter because that’s all I had.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 18, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      Kerrygold butter is wonderful, so I bet your cookies were fantastic, thanks so much for coming back here to let us know Bella :)

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      Colleen
      November 27, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Kerrygold butter is never the wrong choice :)

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    Lynn
    December 1, 2017 at 5:56 am

    I upped the amount of spices to my taste in the dough- I like a bite! Then I added a bit more of the spices to the sugar mixture to roll the cookies before baking (and freezing!). The texture of this cookie is perfect- chewy goodness! Made these this morning- YUMMY! Ate more than I want to admit to- then rolled the remaining dough into balls and a cinnamon sugar mix before freezing. It’ll make that last minute holiday baking so much easier! Thank you! Love your site!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 1, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Thank Lynn, I love your idea of adding spices to the coating sugar, nice!

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