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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Updated 12/25/2012: I changed things up by two things. One - I resisted the urge to flatten them down and they deflated on their own. They are so much better this way! I also used this sparkly sugar which makes them look just like the bakery bought ginger molasses chews. So pretty!

After studying for 3 months prepping for my principles of engineering exam, I promised my fiancĂ© I would make him his favorite cookies, ginger molasses cookies. The first time he had ever tried these cookies was when I baked them. He loves them! I have made this recipe for over 10 years now. My mom and I have a tradition of baking cookies together for Christmas. I added this recipe to our collection one year and have made them every year since.

Here's the ingredients and quick directions for copying and pasting to your digital cookbook (I use Evernote as my digital cookbook!) or printing. I have more detailed directions with pictures below.


  • 2-1/4 cup White Flour
  • 2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Butter
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Molasses

  • 1/4 cup White Sugar or Sparkly Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
  2. Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until soft and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and molasses; mix well.
  5. Add flour mixture a little at a time and stir in.
  6. The dough should be at a consistency that you can roll it with your hands into balls. Add more flour if it is too sticky.
  7. Roll into 1" balls, then roll balls in the remaining sugar.
  8. Bake for 8-11 minutes. Do not brown! Cookies should be almost under cooked in the middle.
  9. Let cool for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

More Detailed Directions

dry ingredients Dry ingredients: ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.combine dry ingredients Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Picture above is before ingredients are mixed together.
Cream butter and sugar In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.Add egg and molasses. Add egg and molasses.
mix wet ingredients Mix wet ingredients.
Mix in flour Mix in flour a little at a time to avoid having the flour poof out of your bowl. Dough should be stiff and ready to roll into 1" balls. If they are too sticky, add a little more flour.
Roll in sugar Roll dough in your hand to form 1" balls, then roll dough balls in sugar.rack 'em up! Line them up on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-11 minutes.
Bake for 8-11 min The first batch I baked for 8 minutes, which was a little under done. I baked the remainder for 9.5 to 10 minutes.Ginger Molasses Cookies They come out puffy, but they will deflate in a short while. Aren't they pretty with their sparkly sugar?

Sparkly Sugar
Sparkly Sugar - The above directions I used just plain white sugar. I now use this sparkly sugar to make them look like they would from a bakery.

Ginger Molasses Cookies by ngnrdgrl

These are always a big hit at my family Christmas and at holiday parties. Click the image above for more pictures via Google+.

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  1. These look delish and not too difficult.

  2. Oh, they are quite delish! And pretty easy to make. My fiance devoured like 10 of them last night. haha!

  3. :D Well, if that isn't a compliment to the chef, I don't know what is!

  4. These look and sound great!

  5. These look so good! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party! I pinned these to my cookie board. I am now following you via Twitter, G+, Facebook, & Pinterest!

  6. Thank you!!! I am following you back! :D