Fresh Ginger Cookies

Fresh Ginger Cookies

Cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses and ginger…there’s just something in that combination that screams holiday cookie baking.  There’s also something wonderful about a bakery-sized ginger cookie. They always feel more special, especially when they’re super-soft and chewy! These fresh ginger cookies are a must-try cookie this holiday season. 

My grandma Tina clipped this recipe from the Daily Camera years ago, after a favorite Boulder bakery of ours, Breadworks, shared their recipe.  I’ve made them every year since!  

Give these a go and let me know what you think. I always enjoy hearing about your baking adventures, successes and failures! 

Fresh Ginger Cookies

Makes 15 cookies

3 cups plus 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg (freshly ground preferred) 
1/2 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room-temperature
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
3 tbsp finely minced or grated fresh ginger
1 egg
½ cup molasses (not blackstrap)
¼ cup granulated or turbinando sugar, for topping

GET READY

Stir together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda, and pepper with a whisk until well incorporated. 

MAKE DOUGH

Cream softened butter with both sugars, until light and fluffy.  Add fresh ginger and mix, followed by the egg, and the molasses, beating well after each addition and scraping sides of bowl down with a rubber spatula as needed.  Add dry ingredients gradually and mix on low speed until just combined.

FORM DOUGH INTO BALLS & CHILL DOUGH

With palms of your hands, roll cookies into balls about the size of large golf balls.  Refrigerate the dough at this point for about 30 minutes.  Remember to preheat your oven 350 degrees F while your cookie dough is chilling and set the oven rack to the middle position. 

sparkly side view of fresh ginger cookie

SHAPE INTO DISCS & BAKE

Flatten dough balls into discs and dredge in the topping sugar.  Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Let sit on cookie sheet for a few minutes until firm enough to remove with a spatula onto cooling rack to cool completely.

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? If you make these, be sure to leave a comment and give this recipe a rating! And of course, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram (@lane_bakery). I love seeing everything you create!

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Cappuccino Flats

sparkly side view of fresh ginger cookie
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5 from 2 votes

Fresh Ginger Cookies

Fresh Ginger Cookies. Soft & Chewy Bakery-Sized Fresh Ginger Cookies with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Molasses and Fresh Ginger.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Chill Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 7 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chewy ginger cookies, fresh ginger cookies, molasses cookies
Servings: 15 large cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups plus 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg freshly ground preferred
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp finely minced fresh ginger or grated with microplane or fine side of box grater
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses not blackstrap
  • 1/4 cup turbinando sugar or regular granulated sugar for topping

Instructions

  • GET READY: Stir together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda, and pepper with a whisk until well incorporated. 
  • MAKE DOUGH: Cream softened butter with both sugars, until light and fluffy.  Add fresh ginger and mix, followed by the egg, and the molasses, beating well after each addition and scraping sides of bowl down with a rubber spatula as needed.  Add dry ingredients gradually and mix on low speed until just combined.
  • FORM DOUGH INTO BALLS & CHILL DOUGH: With palms of your hands, roll cookies into balls about the size of large golf balls.  Refrigerate the dough at this point for about 30 minutes.  Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F while your cookie dough is chilling and set the oven rack to the middle position. 
  • SHAPE INTO DISCS & BAKE: Flatten dough balls into discs and dredge in the topping sugar.  Bake cookies (at 350) for 10-12 minutes. Let sit on cookie sheet for a few minutes until firm enough to remove with a spatula onto cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

  1. Recipe shared by Boulder Daily Camera from Breadworks Bakery in Boulder, Colorado
fresh ginger cookie on counter


2 thoughts on “Fresh Ginger Cookies”

  • 5 stars
    We’ve tried a few other recipes for soft chewy ginger cookies but this one blows them all out of the water. Followed the recipe to the T and the cookies were fantastic. Warm, soft, chewy, and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  • 5 stars
    These were the best ginger cookies! Easy to make and turned out great.. The real ginger made all the difference. We ate all the cookies so had to make more. So good. Thank you .

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