ever so gingerly

As fall graces us I’m drawn to cozier, warmer flavors. Nothing seems to embrace the change in season better than cinnamon, ginger & cloves. I happen to have a favorite cookie that incorporates all of these—Soft Gingerbread Spice Cookies. The true highlight being the ginger. Spicy & pungent, ginger adds a zing to any dish, and a little goes a long way! Additional to its culinary uses, ginger root is known for its strong medicinal qualities, and since ancient times has shown effective for GI troubles, aiding indigestion & even motion sickness. The official name is zingiber officialle, and the rhizome of the plant is not only soothing to thy stomach, but the gingerol compound found in the root, has been shown in modern studies as a potent anti-inflammatory aiding in arthritis. Additionally it has shown to be an antioxidant, and to inhibit tumor cell formation in recent mouse studies. I enjoy ginger in many of its forms: I drink ginger tea, use ginger syrup in sparkling water, and have come to enjoy it crystallized—and who isn’t tempted to order a Canada Dry on an airplane? So many ways to enjoy this spice, it’s almost too easy.

Though you can find ginger to simply supplement, I prefer to cook with it using the root or ground ginger. Though I don’t consider cookies to be a health food, sometimes you just need to bake. Using some ground ginger,  created these boasting a slightly crisp outside, and a soft center. These are thin like the cutout gingerbread kind, but taste much lighter. I love to have one right from the oven with a little powdered sugar on top.

Time to spice things up:

DV Gingerbread Spice Cookies


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: several batches, depends how large you make the cookies

DV Gingerbread Spice Cookies

Sugar and spice! That's the case with these little soft ginger cookies. Prepare to embrace Fall and holiday season to come with these for parties or just with milk after dinner. They are a favorite & easy to make ahead.

What to get:

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened (1.5 sticks)
  • 1 cup baker's sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (for rolling dough before baking)
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting tops of baked cookies
  • Parchment paper, for lining baking pan

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Prepare large baking sheet with piece of parchment paper to fit.
  3. In mixing bowl sift dry ingredients: flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon, cloves & salt.
  4. Whisk dry ingreds well.
  5. In bowl of electric mixer, cream butter & sugar.
  6. Beat in egg, then add water and molasses, combine till smooth.
  7. Gradually add dry flour mix into the wet mixture.
  8. Transfer dough into smaller metal bowl and place in freezer for about 25-35 minutes (*Consistency of dough is soft set, so chilling dough allows us to make perfect rounds for baking).
  9. Remove firmed dough from freezer and roll into about 1T size dough balls, in palms of hands.
  10. Roll to coat each dough ball on a shallow dish with remaining sugar.
  11. Place sugar covered dough balls on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  12. Bake 8-10 min, till browned.
  13. *Cookies will have slight crust on outside, but be soft inside!
  14. Immediately cool cookies on wire baking rack.
  15. Once cooled, dust tops of cookies with powdered sugar.
  16. Store left over cookies in air-tight container, but also stores well in fridge and freezer.


These cookies are soft in nature with a slight crust to the outside, and so we have to freeze the dough down to firm the texture, so we can roll it before baking. This dough is easily made ahead and stored in an airtight container in your freezer! Just remove desired amount and bake batches as needed. These cookies are perfect at room temp, but also taste amazing stored cold or even frozen!


I get requests for these from friends quite a lot, so I always double the batch! I even like to make the dough ahead and freeze it for impromptu cookie emergencies—you can never be too prepared. I think these are a must try as the holidays grow near (and word on the street is Santa is quite partial to them too). They also make for an excellent dessert for holiday gatherings or potlucks . . . and really, they’re just down right simple to make. It’s time to get yourself a glass of milk, a couple of these cookies, and your day just became a little sweeter (and cookies are a legitimate lunch).

I’m going to have this one right now in fact  

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  • Shirley

    Could someone tell be what “baker’s sugar” is.
    I thought it was white sugar nut the recipe then
    asks for white sugar also.
    Powdered sugar is also used. Baker’s sugar has me stumped.
    Someone please tell me what it is????
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

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      Hi Shirley,

      Thank you for visiting my site and for your comment! Sorry if I made the ingredient list this recipe confusing. Baker’s sugar is white sugar, but very finely granulated. I prefer to for most cookie baking as the sugar’s finer texture doesn’t clump as much when creaming with butter, etc. I get mine right next to regular white sugar in the baking isle of my local grocery (the one I get comes in a carton vs. bag). Though regular sugar works well too! I will amend my recipe to use the terms more consistently. Thanks again for visiting the dinnervine!ReplyCancel

  • What kind of molasses? I often see this but are you talking about king syrup molasses or Briar Rabbit molasses?ReplyCancel

    • the dinnervine

      Hi Lois, Thank you for stopping by the dinnervine. I use good ole’ sugarcane molasses. specifically Grandmother’s brand, http://www.grandmasmolasses.com/products/grandmas-original-molasses/. I feel the original works fantastically, though I have never tried the ‘Robust’ more concentrated varieties, though they might also impart great flavor. This cookie is pretty delicate however, so I think regular molasses works out well. Thanks for your comment!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy

    This recipe looks amazing! I don’t use molasses a lot in my cooking and didn’t want to go out and buy any (it’s so expensive too!!) Can I sub brown sugar or honey?ReplyCancel

    • the dinnervine

      Hi Cindy, I agree, I don’t use molasses too much either, but I think you could definitely use some honey! In addition, dark brown sugar would be a great option, as it contains molasses. I am not sure on the consistency, as I’ve never substituted with the honey in this recipe, but if you really chill down the dough, I imagine it will work and taste great! Thanks so much for stopping by, I’d love to hear how they turn out, Happy Holidays, Lyndsy.ReplyCancel

  • shirley

    What is an 1T size ball?ReplyCancel

    • the dinnervine

      Hi Shirley, Sorry for any confusion. 1T = Tablespon’s worth of dough. You could use more or less depending on how large you prefer your cookies to be. (I make these a little on the smaller side). Thank you for visiting the dinnervine and my cookie recipe.ReplyCancel



  • Kathy

    Is the flour in your ginger cookie recipe all-purpose or self-rising?ReplyCancel

    • the dinnervine

      Hi Kathy, I am just now seeing your comment, my apologies for the delay. The flour is all-purpose. I hope that helps! I will add that note to the recipe. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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