Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

by Jennifer on December 12, 2012

in Christmas Desserts, Drop Cookies, Winter Desserts

These cookies are like a sweet, nerdy guy in a bar.

Unassuming, not very glamerous or flashy. Doesn’t get a lot of attention from the ladies.

But, for the one who is willing to give him a closer look, he is pretty handsome.

And, if she gives him a try, she’ll realize that he is the best one there!

These puppies don’t look like much, but once you try one, you’ll be shoveling them into your mouth like the world really is going to end on December 21st! I make these cookies every year for the holidays and they are the one cookie that everyone begs asks for!

The spices are the star of this recipe, so I always replace my spices annually for these cookies! Totally worth it.

I made these cookies for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap (hosted by Love & Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen), a fun and fabulous way to get some yummy cookies and meet other bloggers! If you’re interested in participating next year, you can sign up to receive notifications here.

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  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (no pulp or freshly squeezed)
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • Extra white sugar for rolling (about ¼ cup)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and 1 cup white sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg and orange juice. Stir in the molasses. Gradually add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  4. Using a handy, dandy cookie scoop, scoop out a large ball of dough (about 2 tablespoons). Roll it around in your hands to create a nice, uniform ball. Drop dough into a small bowl filled with the extra white sugar – roll until coated. Place on cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  5. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until edges are only lightly browned. These cookies can get crunchy very fast, so err on the side of being slightly underdone! Cool on baking sheets for a couple minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.
  6. Eat one right away – no judging from me!
Lightly adapted from the recipe on the Grandma’s Molasses bottle!


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1 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

yum! i’m sharing my cookie swap cookies today too :) yay for cookie swapping!


2 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

Yay, indeed! :)


3 Paula December 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

I love your description of these cookies and I’m a big fan of soft and chewy ones.


4 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Thanks, Paula! For me, the chewier, the better…always! :)


5 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} December 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

These cookies look so good! Whoever received these are pretty lucky!! I wish I was on your list. :) I was just looking around your site and I’m a new fan. I know where to go for good cookie recipes now!


6 Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Thanks, Racheal! I’m so glad you like my little blog :)


7 The Bearfoot Baker December 13, 2012 at 3:12 am

You crack me up! When you said, “These cookies are like a sweet, nerdy guy in a bar” I almost shot milk out of my nose! LOL I am going to try these just because of that comment! Thanks for making me laugh and sharing this recipe!


8 Jennifer December 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

Thanks, Lisa! It really is so true – it isn’t the first cookie to get noticed, but once someone tries them, it almost always becomes a favorite! I believe my family would rebel is these weren’t in their cookie boxes every year :)


9 Mike @ Semi Sweet December 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Your cookie write-up made me chuckle! I bet these cookies smelled great when you made them.


10 Jennifer December 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

The whole house smelled AMAZING! :)


11 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 14, 2012 at 1:57 am

Awwww what an analogy! I definitely want a dozen of the nerdy cookies :)


12 Jennifer December 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

They really are everyone’s favorite! They just can’t get any love :)


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