ginger spice cookies

Sunday, January 20, 2013 |
I originally posted this recipe in August 2009.  That recipe was called Ginger Cookies. The only change I’ve made this time around (aside from prettier photos) is to elaborate on the instructions.

My best friend’s parents (who i count as extended family – they’ve been so very wonderful to me for so many years) moved into a bigger house in the DC area this year, and I was invited to their housewarming party tonight.  They’ve got a great set-up and had the entire place full of friends, neighbors and family.  I brought a platter of cookies to help feed the guests.  I went with my faithful standby chocolate chip cookies and also some ginger spice cookies, which are a larger, chewier version of those tasty gingersnaps from childhood.

Ginger Spice Cookies (from an old church cookbook recipe)


¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar; plus half cup for rolling dough in
¼ cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger


Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and spices in medium-large bowl.   In a separate bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients until thoroughly combined.   Add molasses mix to flour in two parts, and blend until incorporated.  

Shape dough into walnut-sized balls; roll in the half cup of extra sugar until coated. Place lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before moving to a serving/storage container.  Makes two and a half dozen cookies.

Recommended for: that time when you want a flavorful and non-chocolate dessert, a great holiday cookie, and a simple recipe that will remind you of a childhood favorite.

Interested in other food-related posts?  Check out Beth Fish Reads’ Weekend Cooking.


Liviania said...

I am always fond of going chewier! These seem similar to my spice cookies, but with less . . . stuff. (My spice cookies are very full of stuff. But stuff that ends up tasting good together. It just makes the ingredients seem overwhelming.) I always love recipes that help me use my cloves before they go bad.

Ryan said...

I love any ginger cookie, no matter how crispy or chewy.

Beth F said...

I'd go for chewy ginger spice cookies over chocolate any ole day. These look awesome.

Alex said...

You keep posting the yummist things and these cookies rank right up there. I love spicey cookies and anything made with ginger has to be good. I am going to try these soon.

Heather said...

these sound wondeful. perfect to brighten up a day of miserable weather.

Esme said...

thanks for these-I love chewy cookie and am very fond of ginger snaps.

Tina said...

Old cookbooks are the best, especially those church cookbooks. I would love to try one of your cookies.

Joy Weese Moll said...

My grandmother used to make a cookie that looked like that. No one in the family has been able to make them since even though we have the recipe. We can't get it to come out the same texture as hers.

Tales of Whimsy said...

I must make these.

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