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Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

These Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies have a crunchy outside and a soft, delicious ginger inside. Great for the holidays!
Categories Baked Good, Bread
Difficulty Easy
Keyword healthy ginger molasses cookies, soft ginger molasses cookies, soft molasses ginger cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 201 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup plus 1-2 tsp. vegetable oil divided
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water plus more if needed
  • 4 oz candied/crystallized ginger finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, ground ginger, and kosher salt.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the brown sugar, oil, and molasses on medium speed until smooth in texture, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Turn the speed to low and add the egg, Beat for an additional minute until well combined. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour mixture. Once all the dry ingredients are incorporated, mix on medium speed for an additional minute. At this time, if you find the mixture is too crumbly and needs moisture, add 1 tsp. oil and 1 tbsp. water and mix well. Add an additional tsp. oil and tbsp. water if necessary.
  6. Add the candied ginger and mix until well combined.
  7. Spread the granulated sugar in a shallow dish and set aside.
  8. Using a spoon, scoop a small amount of the dough for each cookie. Using your hands, gently roll each cookie into approximately a 1 3/4-inch ball and then slightly flatten with your palm or fingers. You may need to wet your hands with a tiny amount of water to prevent sticking. Once flattened, press each side of the cookie into the granulated sugar in a shallow dish and then place cookie onto baking sheet.
  9. Bake 9-13 minutes. The cookies will be cracked on top and soft inside. Don't wait for the cookies to turn golden, as that will overcook them. Remove the cookies from the oven and let stand on baking sheets for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

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Nutrition Facts
Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 33
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.7g6%
Saturated Fat 0.4g2%
Cholesterol 8.9mg3%
Sodium 112.7mg5%
Carbohydrates 40.3g13%
Fiber 0.8g3%
Sugar 27.2g30%
Protein 2.4g5%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.