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A baking sheet with ginger molasses cookies with one that's got a bite taken out of it.

Soft Crinkle Top Ginger Molasses Cookies Recipe

A soft chewy ginger cookie with gooey molasses and warm spices. They're a family favorite!
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Refrigerate 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course cookies, Dessert, snacks, sweets
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 339 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon cloves

Wet Ingredients

  • ¾ cup butter 1 and a half sticks, softened
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg large, see notes below
  • ¼ cup molasses

Sugar to roll cookie dough

    Instructions
     

    Dry Ingredients

    • Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and spices. Set aside until needed.

    Wet Ingredients

    • Cream butter and sugars until light. Add egg (see note below) and molasses.
      Beat 1 minute until thoroughly mixed.
    • Add dry ingredients and beat on medium speed until combined.
    • Chill the dough for at least an hour. Cold dough will help with ensuring the crinkle-top surface.

    Baking - Preheat oven to 375f.

    • Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball.
      Roll in granulated sugar, being sure there is a solid coating.
      Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Monitor at the 5-minute mark and keep your eye on the oven to pull them once the edges are set and the centers are just starting to fall.

    Notes

    This recipe calls for 1 large egg and if you bake at sea level this should suffice. 
    If you bake at elevation, you might need to increase the eggs to 1 ½. I'll adjust usually by using an "extra-large" or "jumbo" egg.  Or, I'll use 2 medium eggs (as I did in the video for this recipe). It just depends on what size of eggs I have on hand.
    Eggs will have an effect on how cookies bake up at elevation, it's generally an ingredient you'll need to bump up a little bit as compared with baking at sea level. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 441mgPotassium: 186mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 449IUCalcium: 44mgIron: 2mg
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