Believe it or not, I am not a huge cookie maker. I love treats, but I have a hard time finding cookies that I truly love, so I end up making other seasonal treats. But there is one cookie that I cannot get enough of, its my soft and chewy ginger cookies. So, do you want this ginger cookies recipe? Keep on reading!
Now, if you are looking for a good Christmas cookie recipe, you are in the perfect place. I am am sharing my ginger cookie recipe along with a bunch of other bloggers for a cookie recipe exchange! You can stop in for one recipe and end up getting 12! Its a pretty sweet deal! You can scroll to the bottom of the post to see all the yummy Christmas cookie recipes!
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Like I said above, I love ginger cookies. But of course, I am high maintenance and I don’t really like the store bought kind. They are either too crisp or the flavor is too strong. I really didn’t know there was such as thing as a chewy and soft ginger cookie. That is until I married my husband and his great aunt made some for a party.
I literally ate all the cookies that were there! I have been on a quest ever since to get that recipe or find one. I have tested and tried tons of recipes, changing and adjusting things as I needed to make the exact ginger cookie that I loved.
I have had so many fails. So many ginger cookie recipes that just weren’t quite right! But, I think I finally got it right and I got my families seal of approval with these ones!
How to make these chewy ginger cookies:
This recipes is super easy to make and takes no time at all! Theres no refrigerating any dough either. I love a cookie recipe that I can make start to finish in less than an hour! Also, the ingredients are all items you probably have in you pantry…maybe apart from the Molasses, But I always seem to have on in my pantry.
This Christmas cookie recipe is simple. You want to mi the wet ingredients with a hand mixer or a KitchenAid type mixer until it is fluffy.
You want to combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl and add them to the wet ingredients and combine. Once it is mixed through, you can scoop it out onto a pan and bake! So simple.
How to get the soft, chewy ginger cookie:
I find the cooking time makes a big difference with this one. Even if you cook it a bit longer it will still have a bit of a chew to it, but I like to bake mine on the lesser side to give them that soft, chewy texture.
I promise, they may seem really uncooked, but once you let them sit in the pan for a couple minutes to cool, they really firm up at take shape.
Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies
Make these soft and chewy ginger cookies that have a very subtle and delicious flavor. They are similar to ginger snaps, but they are soft and chewy.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 4/3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 cup granulated sugar
Preheat your oven to 350°
Add you butter and sugar to your bowl. Using a hand mixer or KitchenAid mixer, cream the two together until the are fluffy. Then add your egg, vanilla, and molasses.
While that is mixing, mix all your dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Once the egg, vanilla and molasses are well mixed, add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Scoop out spoon sized balls and lay them out on your sheet pan. On a large sheet pan I do 12 balls. I sprinkle a bit of raw sugar to the top to add a touch of sweetness and sparkle.
I roll the balls out to smooth out any rough edges from scooping out the dough. I use a 1 heaping teaspoon for each scoop.
Now, if you want these to be nice and chewy, bake them from 8-10 minutes.
Take them out when they are still pretty soft and puffy. Let them sit for a couple minutes and then use a spatula to se them on a bakers rack to cool. I like to bake mine at 8 minutes, which makes them seem uncooked, but once they sit on the pan and rest, they will firm up. You can also cook them about 12 minutes and get a more crisp cookie. I like mine soft and chewy. This also depends on the size of the cookie dough balls. I make my in the smaller size so they are a more manageable sized cookie.
Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag and they will stay nice and soft and chewy.
Now, I dont know about you, but I cant hardly wait to try a couple of these recipes below! I
Candy Cane Thumbprint Christmas Cookies from Modern Glam // Mint Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies from The Happy Housie // Peppermint Meltaway Cookies from Inspiration for Moms // Chewy and Soft Ginger Cookies from Twelve On Main
Christmas Cookie Recipe from Happy Happy Nester // Maple Pecan Tassies from The DIY Mommy // Secret Ingredient Soft Gingerbread Cookies from Jenna Kate at Home // Molasses Ginger Cookies from Finding Lovely
Jam-Filled Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies from Your Marketing BFF // Hello Dolly Bars from A Blue Nest // Chocolate Chip Almond Biscotti from The Design Twins // Oatmeal Whoopie Pies from She Gave It A Go
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