Soft Ginger Cookies

These Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies include molasses, cinnamon, and cloves. A super soft melt in your mouth inside with a crackle-look and sugar sprinkled.

ginger cookies

Soft Ginger Cookies

I used to turn my nose up at ginger cookies, especially gingerbread. Pass me all the Christmas cookies, like Eggnog Cookies, White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge, or Star Jam-Filled cookies. Yet gingerbread? Ewww.

Then I made Soft Ginger Cookies, because I’m an adult and how can I tell the kids to try new foods if I don’t do the same.

Here’s a hint though, before you dive in – also check out these Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies too!

In the last couple of years they were crinkling noses at the mention of ginger-anything, and maybe because I had that tendency. Sigh. Sometimes we parents just got to take one for the team.

YOU GUYS! I totally realized that ‘I don’t like Ginger Cookies’ was actually ONLY the hard, thin desserts like gingerbread. You know, the knock-you-off-the-chair massive ginger taste?

soft ginger cookies

Turns out, if they are soft and chewy ginger cookies, and I’m all over them. They are AMAZING! Kid-self, you’re so silly.

ginger cookies

These Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies include molasses, cinnamon, and cloves. It’s got a super soft melt in your mouth inside with a crackle-look and sugar sprinkled. Really, it’s the perfect Christmas cookie.

soft ginger cookies

I had made Soft Ginger Cookies with the intention of having a sweet treat with the girls after dinner. I had decided to freeze most of them to stock away for our annual cookie exchange.

This is the part where I high-five myself for being 10 steps ahead of the game.

soft ginger cookies

So I made many cookies, placed some on a plate and the rest in one of my Christmas tins, and set it aside. I ate  2 3 of them, basking in the newfound yummy taste.

I then offered the girls a couple cookies each, off of the plate.

ginger cookies

A couple hours later, “You’re going to have to make more of these“, my daughter said with a mouthful of cookie. “I know, right?” I said, realizing that we needed some to enjoy during the holiday season, along with the ones already made for the baking exchange.

No, I mean, you need to make more. As in now“, she replied. “…because we ate them all“. Sure enough I opened the tin and there was 1 in there. 1.

So there you have it, our ginger story. For lovers of this unique taste, and for those that think it might not be for them – give these holiday cookies a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

christmas ginger cookies

How to Make Chewy Soft Ginger Cookies

Making soft ginger cookies is so incredibly easy. Most recipes would call for ginger spice, yet I used REAL GINGER. And confession: I only did so because I had it on hand and realized I forgot to buy more ground ginger from the store last winter.

Check out the video which provides information on how to make ginger cookies. Don’t forget to use Fancy Molasses and not Cooking Molasses, as it’s more sweet, less dark and thinner.

You might think this is an extra unneeded step, yet my oldest said after taking her first bite, “there’s real ginger in this, isn’t there?“. Using real graded ginger isn’t really extra work but probably an extra purchase. It’s totally worth it though.

ginger cookie

So, yes, I’ll definitely be making more of these classic holiday cookies in the next couple of months. Considering how well-loved they are, maybe a few times.

My goal is to include these in our annual cookie exchange. I might have to for-go the Christmas tins and hide them in a fish sticks box. Shhh.

soft ginger cookies

Soft Ginger Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies include molasses, cinnamon, and cloves. A super soft melt in your mouth inside with a crackle-look and sugar sprinkled. 


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup fancy molasses
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for sprinkle


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Whisk flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt into a bowl
  3. In another bowl - beat butter, egg, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, molasses, and brown sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat on low until combined. At the end you might need to use your hands to mix a little
  5. Make balls using about 1 tbsp potions and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten each ball using the bottom of the cup and sprinkle reserved sugar on top of each
  6. Bake until edges are lightly browned and tops start to crinkle, about 10 minutes
  7. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cook for another 5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 24 cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 23gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

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  1. I love ginger snap cookies reminds me of my great grandma as she always baked for the holidays. The best with a cold glass of milk.

  2. I have pinned this Gem. Chewy Ginger cookies are my fave! I will definitely be making these for the cookie exchange.

  3. I’ve made similar before… I like to add one box of instant vanilla pudding to my mix. Super duper soft and chewy cookies! Will have to try the fresh ginger! Kick it up a notch!

  4. In the instructions it does not tell you when to add the molasses.
    When tried to flatted dough before baking, it stuck to anything I used…e.g. fork, bottom of glass, etc.

    1. Gah, thanks for letting me know. I just added it in the instructions. As for the sticking, dip the fork or cup in flour before pressing. that should help!

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