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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Reader Rave ~

I was SO delighted to find your recipie. My sister and I love ginger cookies…especially chewy ginger cookies..mmmmmm! These are spot on delicious. Thank you for sharing…we are all smiling as we can’t stop eating them!”  ~Nancy

Chewy Ginger Cookies
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Category: cookies, dessert

Cuisine: American

Yield: approximately 3 dozen

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.


  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour (will make flat cookies, if you prefer them puffier, use 2/14 cups)
  • 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


  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.
Nutrition label for Chewy Ginger Cookies

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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  • Reply
    Gam Johnson
    January 18, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    So soft. The ginger cookies are awesome!! I made these cookies an hour age and OMG!! I substituted Splenda for the sugar and added fresh ginger(I LOVE IT) in addition to the powdered ginger and all was well. I used Splenda because I knew I wanted to eat two with my coffee. LOL

    • Reply
      January 18, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      Smart thinking Gam!

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    kimberly Hale
    January 14, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Can I bake these completely in advance and freeze them until needed? Not just freeze the dough, but freeze the cooked cookie?

    • Reply
      January 14, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Yes, sure. When I freeze baked cookies I like to wrap them first, then put them into a zip lock freezer bag for extra protection.

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    Terry C.
    December 28, 2018 at 1:42 am

    Hi Sue,

    I tried the cookies again after going to the store for the brand name flour. I am convinced my failures 3 times that night was due to the cheaper flour. I mad a new batch of dough with the brand name and they were like they had been 5 times successfully before, thank goodness!! Don’t sub on the flour bakers! Gold Medal All Purpose is what I went back to and won’t try to skimp again. I got 3 orders for 3 dozen each after that so it had to be the flour to get the flat chewy deliciousness in these ginger cookies. Lesson learned and I am making 2 more batches for New Years. ??

    Thank you Sue. Such an amazing cookie. Everyone just raves about them!!


    • Reply
      December 28, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Hooray! I do love Gold Medal flour!

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