Soft and chewy ginger cookies are packed with ginger, molasses, and cinnamon spice, for the most warm and cozy cookie ever. These holiday cookies are so soft and chewy and stays soft for days, making it the best make ahead cookie recipe to bake. Plus, they are so easy to whip up, that even the kids will love to help.
We are starting Christmas cookie season early this year, because why not? I don't know about you, but I have been in need of some major cookie therapy lately with all that has been going on. Plus, it's never too early to start thinking about the cookies that you want to include in your holiday cookie box this year. These soft and chewy ginger cookies definitely make the cut. Some of my other favourite Christmas cookies that I am planning to include are Christmas sugar cookies, jam-filled thumbprint cookies, soft and chewy white chocolate cranberry cookies and chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies.
Ingredients in Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- ground ginger
- ground cinnamon
- ground cloves
- sugar - both granulated sugar and brown sugar.
- vanilla extract
- sugar coating - I used coarse sugar because I like the texture on the outside of these cookies. You could also just use granulated sugar.
How to Make the Best Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies
- Combine dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
- Combine wet ingredients: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars using a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Then add molasses and vanilla and beat on low until combined.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients: Gradually add in the dry ingredients and beat until just combined.
- Chill: Cover the bowl with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours, up to overnight.
- Shape and coat with sugar: Transfer coarse sugar into a small bowl. Then, use a cookie scoop to scoop out 1-2 tablespoons of cookie dough at a time, and roll into 1-inch ball. Roll the cookie ball into the bowl of sugar to fully coat it. Place on a parchment paper or silicone mat lined half sheet baking pan, spaced 2-3 inches apart. You will need to bake in multiple batches, or freeze some uncoated cookie balls to bake later.
- Bake: Bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350 F preheated oven, until the edges are set. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Then, transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool down completely.
PRO TIP: If the cookies have a dome to them and are not very crinkled (this can happen if your cookie dough has been chilled for too long), gently press down on them using the back of a spatula so flatten them out a bit and create the crinkle effect. Do this just before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool down completely.
- How to store: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
- How to freeze: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. You an also freeze the rolled cookie balls that have not been coated in sugar for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, simply allow it to defrost in the refrigerator, then roll in sugar and bake.
More Cookie Recipes
- Soft and Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
- Jam-filled Thumbprint Cookies with Almond Glaze
- Christmas Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
- The Best Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies
- Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Heart Cookies
- The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
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