Perfect Soft Ginger Cookies

With plenty of spice and warmth, these Perfect Soft Ginger Cookies are just what your holiday season has been waiting for! Delightfully soft and chewy with a crisp sugar coated exterior, these molasses cookies are impossible to resist!

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With plenty of spice and warmth, these Perfect Soft Ginger Cookies are just what your holiday season has been waiting for! Delightfully soft and chewy with a crisp sugar coated exterior, these molasses cookies are impossible to resist! // Mom On Timeout

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Ginger cookies. The quintessential Christmas cookie that needs to happen in your house sometime this season.

I have a number of ginger cookie recipes that I adore.  I’m spoiled year-round by my sister who makes ginger cookies all the time for the boys. It’s their favorite.  I have three favorite recipes and this is one of them.  It yields the lightest, prettiest ginger cookies you’ve ever seen.

There is a ton of spices in these cookies – ginger, cinnamon, and cloves for that extra depth of flavor. I’m a total sucker for molasses and I think that is the ingredient that makes ginger cookies shine.  Such a deep, bold flavor that screams, “Eat me! It’s Christmas time!

With plenty of spice and warmth, these Perfect Soft Ginger Cookies are just what your holiday season has been waiting for! Delightfully soft and chewy with a crisp sugar coated exterior, these molasses cookies are impossible to resist! // Mom On Timeout

These cookies are made with all butter – no shortening – so you get that awesome buttery flavor in every bite. I use Challenge butter. The quality is exceptional and I am able to see and taste the difference. It’s flat-out delicious :)

Please note that when you roll the cookie dough balls in sugar, you want to make sure you completely coat the ball.  Be generous with that sugar! I think it adds a delightful crunchy sweetness to these cookies AND it’s super sparkly and pretty.

With plenty of spice and warmth, these Perfect Soft Ginger Cookies are just what your holiday season has been waiting for! Delightfully soft and chewy with a crisp sugar coated exterior, these molasses cookies are impossible to resist! // Mom On Timeout

How do you know your cookies are done? Just look for the cracking on the top of the cookie. As soon as you spot that, pull them out because you do not want to overbake these cookies.  Let them cool for awhile on the cookie sheet before moving to a cooling rack.  Side note: my cooling racks seem to have found a permanent home on my counter these past few weeks. That may be a sign of too much cookie making, but I choose to ignore that.

These really are the perfect soft ginger cookies!

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Perfect Soft Ginger Cookies
 
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With plenty of spice and warmth, these Perfect Soft Ginger Cookies are just what your holiday season has been waiting for! Delightfully soft and chewy with a crisp sugar coated exterior, these molasses cookies are impossible to resist!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • ¾ cup Challenge butter, softened
  • ½ brown sugar, dark or light
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup molasses
Coating
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, baking soda, corn starch, salt, and spices in a large bowl. Whisk together.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
  3. Beat in egg until thoroughly combined.
  4. Mix in vanilla and molasses.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, stirring just until combined.
  6. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. I like to leave it in there for a solid 24 hours if I have the time.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F.
  8. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Use cookie scoop to scoop out dough, form into a ball, and roll in sugar. Place on cookies sheet.
  10. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes being careful not to over bake.
  11. Let cool for several minutes on the cookie sheet before moving to a cooling rack.
  12. Store in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.

 

With plenty of spice and warmth, these Perfect Soft Ginger Cookies are just what your holiday season has been waiting for! Delightfully soft and chewy with a crisp sugar coated exterior, these molasses cookies are impossible to resist! // Mom On Timeout

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Comments

  1. yay! Soft ginger cookies. I hate the hard ones!
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  2. Mmmmm … soft and chewy ginger cookies! Sounds perfect! I’m not a fan of the crisp ones – I love them to be more tender than crunchy!

    Great tip on watching them crack – perfect! Can’t wait to add these to my Christmas cookies – I just know they will be a big hit!!
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  3. If you’re putting cooling racks away this time of year, something is wrong! My baking sheets haven’t been put away in at least two weeks.
    These are so thick and soft and fluffy! I love the telltale cracks. Such an amazing cookie!
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  4. I need these cookies in my life!!! PINNED!
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  5. I love ginger cookies, these sound amazing! I’m going to have to try them!! Thanks for sharing. :)
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  6. Soft ginger cookies are my favorite! Yours look perfect!
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  7. These look perfect Trish!! Sing me up for a whole dozen. ;) Surprisingly enough, ginger cookies are the ONLY cookies my guy will eat. But unfortunately, he likes his crunchy. Because his mom always burned cookies while he was a kid, so he got used to the crunchy ones. Oh well, more soft & chewy ones for me! Pinned!
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  8. Gingersnaps are my favorite, and these do look perfect! Pinned. :)
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  9. No such thing as too many cookies! These ginger cookies have the perfect crinkle on top and they look so soft and chewy! Pinned!

  10. Soft and chewy ginger cookies are one of my favorite holiday cookies! These look perfect with that pretty crinkle, I could easily go for a dozen! Yum!

  11. These do look perfectly soft Trish!
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  12. Just made these and they are SOOOOO YUMMY and pretty easy for a non-baker like me!! My only disappointment is that there wasn’t a yield listed in the recipe (that I could see), so I didn’t know how many it would make. Had I known how good they would turn out to be, I would have definitely doubled or tripled the recipe!! Thank you!!

  13. These turned out delicious! Not having a cookie scoop, big teaspoons made 52 1.25″ balls that ended up as 2″ cookies and the tops were cracking at 8 minutes.
    Thanks!

  14. Thank you for sharing your divine ginger cookie recipe! For helping a teacher after school, I asked the student what kind of cookies he’d like. He requested that I bake him some soft, delicious, ginger cookies with sugar on top–like the ones he fondly remembered from his old baby sitter. Suffice to say, I found your recipe and baked it up. I taste-tested it and I was hooked! I wanted to eat the whole batch, but I resisted with three. I packed it up into a bag and gave it to the student. The next day, the student returned to tell me that he shared it with his family and they enjoyed it tremendously. He stated,” I loved my babysitter’s cookies, but yours was even better! Thank you!”

  15. Can you freeze the dough ahead of time for another day?

  16. What kind of molasses do you use fancy, blackstrap, or cookin?

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