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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    November 29, 2011 at 6:45 am

    These cookies look so good. I love your pictures. Ginger cookies always remind me of one of my co-workers at work. Whenever her and I have to work on a project together, she brings a whole box of soft and chewy ginger cookies. They are topped with crystalized sugar, it tastes so good. It reminds me so much of your cookies. It would be awesome to surprise her at work with these cookies. She will love them. Thanks for sharing :)

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    November 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Congratulations, Tricia!!! Awesome cookies, Sue. I haven’t made a spice cookie in years and I bet these would be divine. The chewy factor totally has me wanting to make them.

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    Heather @
    November 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I chill my dough 99% of the time- it just makes the cookies look more uniform! Simple ginger or spice type of cookies are my favorites, actually. These sound and look perfect.

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    November 29, 2011 at 3:46 am

    These look perfect! I’m in a ginger kind of mood lately and your cookies sound SO good. Love the chewiness!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    November 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I bet they smell just like Christmas. I love a good chewy cookie.

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    November 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

    i do not enjoy ginger snaps. i think i must have sensitive gums, because they pierce the heck out of my mouth. no, i prefer a chewy cookie, and these are grand!

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    Kirsten@My German the Rockies
    November 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Great minds think alike!!
    I like the addition of allspice in yours.
    Mine turned out darker. Must have been the molasses I used.
    Great pictures!

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    November 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    OH MAN! these looks incredible!! :) i lurrrrv anything ginger!

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    Mini Baker
    November 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    i’ve always loved chewy ginger cookies better than gingersnaps! can’t wait to browse around- just found your blog!

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    November 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Mmm, ginger cookies are one of my favorites. I’ll try this recipe. But – dumb question here – how much is a stick of butter?? a cup? half cup?

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    November 29, 2011 at 2:38 am

    they look fabulous. i love CHEWY cookies!

    and love the memories about your girls..that is what being a mom is all about.

    saw these on tasetologie..congrats!

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    November 29, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Congrats to Tricia! I wish it was me! LOL!!!

    These cookies look so good! I’ll bet they freeze well too . . . if they’d last that long! LOL!!!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      September 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

      They do freeze well, and travel well, too, so they’re good candidates for a cookie gift box or care package.

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    November 29, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Yum! How long do you bake them for though? x

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    November 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    mmmmm…chewy ginger cookies…YUM! Love that stack with parchment paper in between each one. As always…lovely photos!!!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    November 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    that first picture of you scooping the dough is mouth watering- as are all of them but that is the one that got me and said you MUST make these! They look incredible

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    November 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I love ginger cookies and can’t wait to try yours! I like that they spread out and are beautifully crackled to boot.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    November 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks so much for the gift card – don’t be afraid to throw in a couple of these awesome looking cookies too – ha ha! Thank you so much – I can really use this gift! Tricia

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    November 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    These are such a lovely cookie. I know them as ginger crackles, but whatever they are called, they are a delicious cookie. I love your recipe. Have a good day. Blessings…Mary

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    From the Kitchen
    November 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I believe I can smell your cookies baking! We love ginger and a ginger cookie always finds it’s way into our Christmas cookie jar.


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    November 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    These cookies and dough are drool-worthy!

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