My Ginger Cookies

September 25, 2015

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Adapted from Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies
(Artisan, 2010)
Alice Medrich

Makes: fifty-six 2 1/4-inch cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups (285 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted and just warm
  • 1/4 cup (85 grams) unsulphured mild or full-flavored molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (66 grams) firmly packed brown sugar or light muscovado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced or grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup (113 grams) ginger chips or crystallized ginger, cut into 1⁄4-inch dice, shaken in a coarse strainer to remove loose sugar
  • About 1/2 cup (100 grams) Demerara or turbinado or granulated sugar for rolling
In This Recipe


  1. If you are baking the cookies right away, position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and salt and mix thoroughly with a whisk. Set aside.
  3. Combine the warm butter, molasses, both sugars, fresh ginger, and the egg in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Add the flour mixture and ginger chips and stir until incorporated. The dough will be soft. If possible, cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, or (better still) overnight, for the best flavor and texture.
  4. Form the dough into 1-inch balls (15 grams of dough for each). Roll balls in the Demerara sugar and place them 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake, rotating the sheets from back to front and top to bottom about halfway through the baking, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they puff up and crack on the surface and then begin to deflate in the oven. For chewier cookies, remove them from the oven when at least half or more of the cookies have begun to deflate; for crunchier edges with chewy centers, bake a minute or so longer.
  5. Set the pans or just the parchment liners on cooling racks. Cool the cookies completely before storing. Cookies keep for several days in an airtight container.

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Reviews (13) Questions (1)

13 Reviews

judy October 7, 2018
I generally use blackstrap molasses or sorghum. And will double the ginger as well as put in chopped chrystalized ginger. I am a ginger fan, and I like my molasses bold. But the base seems to be pretty good.
Karen October 14, 2015
Does anyone know whether this recipe can be halved?
Meg P. January 1, 2017
Yes. Cut it in half. 1/8c=2T. Try using just an egg yolk instead of the whole egg.
deb E. October 9, 2015
All I can find is blackstrap molasses? Is this ok?
Barb168 November 21, 2015
Blackstrap has a very strong flavor, so I think you might not like it.
mstv October 1, 2015
I made these with the 2 1/4 cups of flour and 1/4 cup molasses and they were great! Delicious ginger flavor. I have a similar recipe that is more of a ginger molasses spice cookie. This is more of a ginger cookie. Will definitely make again. I didn't follow the guideline of 15 grams per cookie dough ball - I thought the 1 inch cookie dough balls were more like 28-30 grams.
Beth100 October 1, 2015
Perhaps someone with the printed cookbook could check if it's supposed to be 1 or 1 1/4 cups of flour?
Karen K. September 29, 2015
But the recipe Dona found on the website calls for only 2 cups flour. It must be a different recipe?
April T. September 28, 2015
Thank you so much Dona!
Dona September 28, 2015
I found this recipe on Alice Medrich's website. I calls for 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses.<br /><br /><br />Ingredients<br />2 cups (9 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour<br />2 teaspoons baking soda<br />2 teaspoons ground ginger<br />1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon<br />½ teaspoon ground allspice<br />¼ teaspoon salt<br />8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and still warm<br />¼ cup unsulfured mild or full-flavored molasses (not Blackstrap)<br />½ cup (3.5 ounces) granulated sugar<br />1/3 cup (2.33 ounces) packed brown sugar or light muscovado sugar<br />2 tablespoons finely minced fresh ginger<br />1 large egg<br />¾ cup (4 ounces) ginger chips or crystallized ginger, cut into ¼ -inch dice<br />About ½ cup (3.5 ounces) Demerara or turbinado sugar or ¼ cup (1.75 ounces) granulated sugar for rolling <br />
April T. September 28, 2015
Looks delish, but how much molasses is required please?
Sarah J. September 30, 2015
Sorry about that! It's 1/4 cup (85 grams) unsulphured mild or full-flavored molasses (not blackstrap). The recipe has been updated!
Marianne E. September 27, 2015
Molasses not listed in ingredients list.