I have updated a few things in this blog post, December 2022! New pictures & a couple times!
My friend Rhonda gave me this for Ginger Cookies recipe many years ago when our kids were just little.
Rhonda made these Ginger Cookies for us to eat when our 2 families went on a trip to Calgary. I have been baking these cookies ever since then. Rhonda had sprinkled the cookies with some little ball sprinkles and I do that as well. The sprinkles just makes them a bit different and pretty! The flavour is fabulous! Just the right amount of spice! They crisp up on the outside as they cool but remain tender in the middle.
I have no idea where this recipe originated from. This recipe makes approximately 10 dozen cookies. I never half the recipe, I just put the extra cookies in the freezer and pull them out whenever we crave them! I warm them up for a few seconds in the microwave if I cant wait for them to defrost! Though sometimes we have been known to eat some frozen right out of the freezer!
Tip: you can roll the cookie dough in Demerara Sugar instead of granulated sugar, this will give you a nice crunch & the flavour of the Demerara sugar is lovely. Also, if you chill the dough balls after coating them in sugar they will bake up a bit thicker. Maybe try both ways & see what you prefer! If the dough is not chilled they will come out flat as you see in the picture but if you chill them you will see a thicker cookie in the pictures with my daughter! I have always rolled my cookies in granulated sugar but Jacki used the Demerara sugar!
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups soft butter
1/2 cup molasses
4 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
sugar…for rolling the cookies in before baking, I added some little ball sprinkles to the sugar
Preheat oven to 350F
Prepare cookie sheets..I line mine with parchment paper
*** scrape the sides of the mixing bowl often to make sure all the dough gets mixed
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour with the baking soda and dry spices and set aside
2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until well combined.
3, Add the molasses *** spray the measuring cup with some cooking spray before measuring the molasses and they will just slide out!
4. Beat in the eggs and mix well
5. With the machine running on low, gradually add the flour mixture. (If your machine is on a faster speed the flour might fly all over the place )
6. Increase speed of the mixer and mix dough throughly until completely combined
7, Cover the bowl and chill for in a refigerator for about an hour *** I don’t always do this, depends on how quickly I want to get them in the oven. I think that chilling the dough results in a chewier cookie
7. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. *** I use a 1 tbsp cookie scoop. They are nice a bit bigger as well so sometimes I use a 2 tbsp scoop
8. Roll the dough balls in sugar
9. Place on the prepared cookie sheets leaving space between the balls of dough. Bake 8-10 minutes. I check doneness by seeing the crack on top and that the bottoms are brown . They will be chewy if cooked a little less time and crisp if cooked a bit longer.
Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes to firm up before moving them to a cooling rack as they are soft when they first come out of the oven
These cookies puff up during baking but flatten when cooling