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Crispy Ginger Cookies

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These ginger cookies have just the right blend of spices and a buttery-crisp texture.

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Adapted from Stars Desserts by Emily Luchetti, these ginger cookies have just the right balance of spices—ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and black pepper—and a buttery-crisp texture. They are wonderful any time of day, even for breakfast with a cup of coffee, and they make your house smell heavenly as they bake. With their sparkly golden color and crackled tops, these cookies are tailor made for the holidays.

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Crispy Ginger Cookies

These ginger cookies have just the right blend of spices and a buttery-crisp texture.

Servings: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes, plus an hour to chill


  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Scant ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup molasses, such as Grandma's Original


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat ½ cup of the granulated sugar, brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the egg and beat for about 20 seconds, then scrape down the sides of the bowl; add the molasses, mix well and scrape down the sides of the bowl again.
  3. Add the dry ingredients, then mix on low speed until just incorporated. Do not over mix. The dough will be very soft; refrigerate it for about one hour, or until firm enough to roll.
  4. Set rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Place the remaining ½ cupgranulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the sugar to coat. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart (they will spread), then flatten slightly with your fingers. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until set and golden on the outside and slightly soft on the inside. (As they bake, they will puff up and then flatten. Do not remove them from the oven until they are flat.) Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Refrigerate the dough between batches. The cookies will keep for several days in an airtight container.
  6. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The Cookie Dough can be Frozen for up to 3 Months: Scoop the dough into balls, let set on a baking sheet in the freezer, then place in a sealable bag and press out as much air as possible. Bake as needed directly from the freezer. (Allow 1 to 2 minutes longer in the oven.) To Freeze After Baking: Let the cookies cool completely and store in an airtight container separating layers with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Before serving, remove the cookies from the container and let them come to room temperature.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 119
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Sodium: 75 mg
  • Cholesterol: 19 mg

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  • These are the very best Ginger Cookies I’ve ever had! Followed the recipe exactly with excellent results. Thanks for another winner!

    • — Kim on November 21, 2022
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  • Just delicious! I should have let the dough chill as long as stated, but I was too impatient! Still worked very well even if a bit more “messy” to deal with. Rolling the dough in the sugar made them easy to deal with and I got a little more than 5 dozen 3” cookies from the recipe! Will definitely make these over and over again!

    • — Ann Piland on August 24, 2022
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  • I’ve tried this recipe twice. The flavor is good except maybe a little too sweet. I also think they are more soft than crispy even though the outside has some crunch. I’d like them more crispy.

    • — Kevin on May 26, 2022
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  • Too much butter and not enough spices in this recipe.

    • — Kelsey on May 22, 2022
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  • can we skip molasses or is there a substitute for it?

    • — Hemlata on March 14, 2022
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    • Hi Hemlata, there’s no perfect substitute for molasses. You could use either honey or maple syrup, but the flavor of the cookies will be a little different. I’d love to hear how they turn out if you make them!

      • — Jenn on March 14, 2022
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  • I absolutely LOVE these cookies! They are crispy around the edges, with a little soft chew in the middle. And the spices are just enough to be tasty without being overpowering. I’ve made many dozens of these since I found this recipe.

    • — J. Gamroth on January 31, 2022
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  • Delicious! I reduced 25% of the sugars, and used ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, and black pepper. I had to flatten them down with a glass because they were too tall. Great recipe!

    • — Frank on January 30, 2022
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  • Great recipe. Perfect spice ratios.

    • — A on December 24, 2021
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