Really Gingery, Ginger Cookies

December 5th, 2010

Ginger cookies are one of my favorites. Probably because when it gets cool outside, I like things that make me feel warm. And nothing makes me feel warm inside like a good ginger cookie (and maybe some hot apple cider).

In my opinion, most ginger cookie recipes just don’t have enough ginger. They taste good and they are sweet, but they just don’t pack enough heat. That’s why I modified your standard ginger cookie recipe, and made it hotter. These cookies are scrumptionsly warm, mostly because they have three different forms of ginger in them; powdered, fresh, and candied.

Ginger Cookies

These cookies are not ginger snaps. These are soft and chewy ginger cookies. They are calling out to you- “Make me! Eat me! We are warm and delicious!”

Really Gingery, Ginger Cookie Recipe

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 molasses
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup chopped candied ginger
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water, molasses, and fresh ginger. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Then add the candied ginger. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Note: Be sure your fresh ginger is finely diced so you don’t get strings of ginger in your cookies.

Tip: Having a hard time finding candied ginger? Try your local Asian market. I remember one time I went to several Safeway’s, and all I could find was candied ginger in the spice rack – a tiny amount for a lot of money. It was ridiculous. Finally I found some at the Asian market, and got a large bag for just a couple dollars.


One Response to “Really Gingery, Ginger Cookies”

  1. Maegan on December 6, 2010 12201012America/Los_Angeles

    I completely agree with you that most ginger cookies are not “gingery” enough. I made your recipe tonight and it is amazing! Thank you for posting this!

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