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Soft Ginger Cookies

Updated On: Apr 25, 2024

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If you want a bakery-style ginger cookie that is soft, chewy and has a crunchy sugar coating, this recipe for Soft Ginger Cookies is just for you.

soft chewy ginger cookies

I have been trying to perfect a recipe for a big, soft, chewy ginger cookie for some time now and I think I finally did it! These Soft Ginger Cookies are tender, chewy, with sugar crystal crunch and simple to make.

There’s nothing better than the smell of your house when cookies are baking and these spiced ginger cookies will do just that! I think they are close second to my all time faves – Pumpkin Spiced Cookies.

soft & chewy ginger cookie recipe

What you’ll need to make these cookies

  • All purpose flour – spoon into your measuring cup and level with a knife or your finger.
  • Spices – a blend of ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves add that perfect spice to these ginger cookies.
  • Butter – all recipes on Farmgirl Gourmet are tested using unsalted butter, unless otherwise noted.
  • Sugar – you’ll want a coarse demerara sugar for the coating on the cookies to give it that nice crunch, but in a pinch, white sugar will work also.
  • Crystallized Ginger – is ginger that is sliced and then simmered in a sugar syrup and dried. The interior is still soft with a crystallized sugar exterior. Make sure you keep it in an airtight container to keep it fresh longer. I buy mine from Spiceology .
  • Fresh Ginger – adds that fresh zing to this cookie. I always keep a zip top bag of ginger in my freezer. It’s easy to peel with a spoon and even easier to grate with a microplane or fine box grater into any dish or recipe.
  • Eggs – all recipes on Farmgirl Gourmet are developed using large eggs.
  • Molasses – unsulfured molasses is made from ripe sugar cane and doesn’t require any sulphur dioxide to preserve it. This makes for a cleaner tasting molasses and is ideal for baking and savory cooking.
ingredients in ginger cookies

Find the printable recipe with exact measurements and instructions below.

Tips for Storing

  • For storing – in a cookie jar or zip top bag for up to a week…if they last that long.
  • How to freeze – place a layer of cookies in a large freezer zip top bag. Place a piece of parchment paper over and stack another layer. This will make them easier to remove a few if you’re not planning to use the entire bag.
soft ginger cookie recipe just like the bakery

Soft Ginger Cookies

A delicious triple ginger recipe for Soft Ginger Cookies that will be a holiday fave for sure.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 30 Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter room temperature (3 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup molasses unsulfured
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger grated
  • cup crystallized ginger chopped
  • ½ cup demerara sugar for rolling the dough balls

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 3 large cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, add the butter and 2 cups sugar and mix well to combine. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the molasses fresh ginger and blend well. Finally add in the dry ingredients and chopped crystallized ginger and mix on low until dough comes together. Don't over beat.
  • Use a large hinged scoop or 1/4 cup measure to scoop out dough. Roll between your palms to make a ball and roll in the demerara sugar. Place dough balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake 14-16 minutes until the tops begin to crack. Remove and allow to cool before storing.

Equipment & Special Ingredients

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 102mgPotassium: 117mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 302IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.

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