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
- Mixer or Hand Mixer
- 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