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Fresh Ginger Cookies Recipe
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Fresh Ginger Cookies

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"Somewhere between a molasses cookie and a gingersnap, these are especially good cookies."

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Original recipe makes 30 cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat ginger, butter, and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg. Gently fold in flour mixture until just combined. Chill for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and then roll them in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake until edges start to brown, about 15 minutes. Centers will be slightly soft. Let stand on cookie sheets 1 minute and remove to racks to cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 11, 2003

I was looking for something like the chewy ginger-molasses cookies at Starbucks, and this recipe does the trick. Thank you! By the way, fresh ginger grates much easier if you freeze it first, and then use a microplane grater.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 21, 2013

Ehhh, these are very boring ginger cookies. The ones with cloves, nutmeg, and/or cinnamon (Ina Garten's ultimate ginger cookies, minus the crystallized ginger, if you're not a big ginger fan) are great! These are ok cookies in general, but not good ginger cookies. Texture and other aspects of the cookie are good though.


232 Ratings

Dec 23, 2006

Excellent cookies. Even my mother liked them and she hates ginger cookies. I used McCormick ground ginger instead of fresh grated ginger and they turned out just fine.

Jul 26, 2003

LOVED them!!! I didnt want to wait the hour for the mixture in the fridge, so I threw it in the freezer for about 10 minutes. It seemed to work fine to harden the recipe enough to make the dough balls. Next time, I may cook them for longer in hopes that they will turn out cruncy rather than soft.

Sep 08, 2003

Best giger cookies that I have ever had and I've made quite a few. I followed the recipe completely including the chill time.

Jan 21, 2006

Personally, I loved these cookies. I thought they were really good. I am rating it a four based upon the all-around response I received from family, some of whom thought there was too much ginger. Perhaps decreasing the amount of ginger and a slight increase in molasses would do the trick next time.

Dec 22, 2006

i was a bit doubtful at first, it seemed like a lot of ginger compared to other recipes, but these were excellent. i'm very impressed and will definitely use this recipe a LOT!

Mar 14, 2007

This recipe makes flavorful, perfectly chewy cookies. These were exactly what I was looking for to go with a little hot chocolate or mulled wine on a cold evening. I also added a teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg to mine.


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  • Calories
  • 137 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.6 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 4.9 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 117 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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