Ginger Sugar Cookies- #cookielove Bloghop

by cakeduchess on December 3, 2011 · 51 comments


There are many flavors and scents that remind me of Christmas. The scent of sugar cookies and ginger cookies baking in the oven reminds me of being a kid again. We are in Christmas cookie baking mode and these were the first sweet little beauties we baked last week.

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You’re probably wondering what the texture of the cookie is like. Let me tell you…just perfect. First bite it is crispy with a sweet top and gentle crunch from the turbinado sugar. The inside is soft, but not mushy. The flavor was maybe too subtle. I will add more ground ginger and probably some fresh grated ginger in the next batch. I used blackstrap molasses and the flavor was distinctive and delicious.

Ginger Sugar Cookies
slightly adapted from At the Baker’s Bench Adapted from Gourmet magazine, March 1965

yield: approximately 30 cookies
3/4 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses (I used blackstrap)
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sugar for rolling (I used turbinado)

Cream butter and gradually add brown sugar. Continue to beat until fluffy.
Add egg and molasses to butter mixture. Beat until evenly blended.
Combine flour with baking soda, spices, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Roll the dough into small balls and roll around in the sugar. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place balls of dough at least 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, until firm.

Let sit on baking sheet for 1 minutes, then remove to racks to cool.


What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Georgie December 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Lori, these look so – so good! I love ginger, so much that I eat the sugar coated one like candy. These are lovely and simple!


Paula December 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Chewy ginger cookies are one of my all-time favourite cookies. I have always rolled mine in regular sugar however. I love the look of yours with the turbinado…gives the cookies such a festive look and now something I will have to start doing.


Sanjeeta kk December 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Like that part of making when you need to roll the cookie dough in the a wonderful crust with sugary bites.


Shulie December 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

This cookie looks ah-mazing. Really good job. So beautiful!! Love it and what a way to jump start the holidays!! I never use molasses & brown sugar, don’t know why I shy away from these ingredients but this is tempting me to retry.:)


Lizzy December 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Oh, I adore ginger cookies! And the turbinado sugar gives these a beautiful finish! Great #cookielove post, my friend!!!


Soni December 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Ginger makes anything pop.Perfect holiday cookies!!


Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) December 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

This is my kind of cookie. Your description of the texture appeals to me with the crispy/crunchy outside and the soft inside. Combined with the spiciness of the ginger…perfect!

Happy Holidays!


Raji December 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Lovely texture of the cookies…they look beautiful and I love ginger festive :)


Yummy Mummy December 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Yum, the turbinado sugar must make them so delicious with a little crunch!


Laura at The Art of Cooking Real Food December 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm

My son adores ginger cookies – I’m forwarding this recipe to him so he can make me some :-) Lovely cookie!


A Thought For Food December 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I adore a good ginger cookie and these look absolutely phenomenal, my dear!


Nisrine M. December 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

These are truly delightful ginger cookies. Yay for the holidays.

Reply December 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Ohhh, these look amazing! I’m getting my cookie thing on and I see so many recipes on want to make, and these are on my list! Thank you!


Carolyn December 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

So delicious and perfect for the holidays! Love ‘em, Lora.


Linda December 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Ah, ginger cookies are the ultimate flavor of Christmas!! Great recipe!! I bet the aroma is awesome!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

These arae so pretty with the little sparkle of sugar, and I’m absolutely crazy for ginger!


Becky December 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I’m going to make ginger cookies soon. I love all the The flavors that remind me of Christmas!
Lota of #cookie love to you.


Richa December 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

ginger ans spice are definitely in the air this month! love the sugary crisp cookies!
Richa @ Hobby And More


Kiri W. December 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Aww, the sparkly sugar crystals make these perfect! I lvoe ginger snap style cookies, anyways, these would be a huge success!


Amalia December 4, 2011 at 12:55 am

These ginger sugar cookies look amazing! I love the sugar on them, they look so sophsticated that way. I can just imagine how delicious they taste, the crunchiness from the sugar and the chewy inside, ahhhh, I’m drooling!! Awesome recipe :)


Lora December 4, 2011 at 1:11 am

ooh these look amazing. I love ginger and must try them soon.


Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice December 4, 2011 at 1:38 am

Nothing beats a good sugar ginger cookie during the holidays!


knitstamatic December 4, 2011 at 3:00 am

Beautiful cookies Lora! You’ve used some of my favorite flavors: ginger, molasses and brown sugar, yum.


Junia December 4, 2011 at 4:00 am

oh my goodness… your cookies are sparkling gold. do you know how much i love the color gold? hehehe. these cookies look fabulous and schmancy! btw, i like your new blog header!


Kim Bee December 4, 2011 at 4:02 am

I love these cookies. They look so yummy and sparkly. I have some of this sugar and love to use it. Nothing I like better than some sparkle on my food. Your plates are gorgeous, love the pattern.


Gina December 4, 2011 at 5:18 am

These sound like a whole lot of cookie love to me. I’m ready to start baking for the holiday and probably won’t stop till Jan. Hope you had a great weekend. Just getting over a cold, then hopefully I will have some cookie posts soon.


@Mango_Queen December 4, 2011 at 6:38 am

That Ginger cookie is soooo delish! So hard to tear myself away from the photo. Glad you joined the CookieLove with us!


Jamie December 4, 2011 at 9:20 am

Mmmm these are so very Christmassy! I love spic cookies and these look tasty and perfect, especially with the sugar. Now you have put me in the mood to make cookies!


Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! December 4, 2011 at 9:24 am

These are so cute! They sound so tasty, and could easily be made vegan. I’ll definitely have to try these ones out!


Priya December 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

Incredible cookies,looks damn cute.


Yuri - Chef Pandita December 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Lovely cookies, Lora! They look Christmassy with those golden sugar crystals :D


Kavi December 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Damn! I’m your 399th follower! Would have loved to be the 400th! :)

You probably get this a lot, but I thought I should let you know how much I loved browsing your blog posts! :) Not only are the pics & recipes great, but your whole blog has a pleasant layout! Truly enjoyed my time here! :)

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Cassie/Bake Your Day December 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I Love your new header, Lora! These cookies look wonderfully soft. I love ginger cookies!


EA-The Spicy RD December 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I love how pretty your cookies look with the sugar sprinkles on top! I think our #cookielove cookies are very similar with the molasses and spices…Great minds think alike :-)


BigFatBaker December 5, 2011 at 1:07 am

The sugar crystals on top of the cookies remind me of Christmas :) I love ginger and need to make these asap! Thank you for sharing!


Reem | Simply Reem December 5, 2011 at 2:40 am

These ginger cookies look so beautiful!!!
And that sugar sprinkle make them absolutely festive…
Deliciously Beautiful!!!


Karriann Graf December 5, 2011 at 3:01 am

These ginger cookies would be awesome with some hot tea. Yummy.


Tes December 5, 2011 at 9:39 am

Wow what a gorgeous cookies! it looks so sparkling and lovely :)


Becky December 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm


Congrats on the Top 9 today! Lots of #cookielove


Lulu's Sweet Secrets December 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm

These ginger cookies are adorable! Congrats on the Top 9 today!


Aggie December 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm

This cookie looks pretty perfect. I love sparkly cookies like this :)


Amy December 6, 2011 at 2:25 am

These sound delicious and they are lovely! The turbinado is a nice touch to make them extra sparkly :)!


Cake Duchess December 6, 2011 at 4:07 am

Thank you everyone:)Can’t wait to make these again for Christmas!xx


Terra December 6, 2011 at 4:39 am

Well I agree, sugar cookies have to be included somehow in your Christmas cookie fun:-) These cookies sound wonderful! I love blackstrap molasses, takes me back to my Grandma’s house:-) Beautiful, Hugs, Terra


Priscilla - She's Cookin' December 7, 2011 at 12:30 am

Nothing says Christmas like ginger cookies – the sparkle of turbinado is a lovely touch! Congrats on the Top 9 yesterday :)


domenicacooks December 7, 2011 at 3:30 am

What a fantastic collection of cookie recipes, starting with yours, Lora. Love this idea. Buone feste, bella!


Elisabeth December 8, 2011 at 1:04 am

Such a wonderful roundup of cookies, Lora! I’m offering my Orange Almond Mandelbrot(biscotti)
Congratulations on the top 9 with your amazing cookies!


Kathy December 9, 2011 at 1:12 am

This cookie would be a huge hit in my house. They look fantastic!


Cake December 10, 2011 at 3:02 am

I think I would eat like 12 of these in a row. So delicious!


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