Easy Ginger Molasses Cookies with Crystallized Ginger


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Warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves combined with molasses and brown sugar for these wonderful Ginger Molasses Cookies with Crystallized Ginger.

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Ginger molasses cookies with candied ginger on a green plate.

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Ginger Molasses Cookies with Crystallized Ginger

Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of ingredients. If you can’t set aside time to make the entire recipe, shy of the chilling time, measure out the ingredients so you have them ready to go when you want to make the cookies.

  • Flour – Use all-purpose for this recipe.
  • Baking Soda – Make sure it’s fresh.
  • Salt – I like to use sea salt but table salt works too.
  • Cinnamon – There are many types of cinnamon. I like Vietnamese cinnamon also known as Saigon but use your favorite.
  • Ginger – This recipe calls for ground ginger.
  • Cloves – Use only the amount called for because cloves can be overpowering.
  • Allspice – Again, use only the amount called for to achieve the best flavor in these ginger cookies.
  • Butter – Use the unsalted variety. If all you have is salted, omit the salt.
  • Light Brown Sugar – Don’t use dark because you’re also adding molasses.
  • Crystallized Ginger – Chop it well. You don’t want to bite into a huge piece of ginger. I get my crystallized ginger from Selefina Spices.
  • Molasses – Don’t leave this out because it elevates the flavor.
  • Sparkling Sugar – You roll the cookies in sparkling sugar before baking for added textures, flavor, and appearance. I used a 4.2 ounce jar. All of it!

Pro Tip: You don’t want a big chunk of ginger in these ginger molasses cookies with crystallized ginger so be sure to finely chop it.

Ginger molasses cookies on a baking sheet.

Why This Recipe is a Keeper

These ginger spice cookies don’t have heat. The spice comes from the warm holiday spices.

My family declared these ginger molasses cookies with crystallized ginger a hit. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making them again before Christmas.

  • You can make the dough up to a day in advance of baking off the cookies.
  • They are a bit crispy and soft on the inside.
  • The crystallized ginger adds a punch of ginger flavor. Don’t leave it out.
  • They have an intense flavor.
  • They are easy to make.

What is crystallized ginger?

Crystallized ginger is made by peeling and slicing ginger then boiling it until softened. The soft ginger is candied by adding sugar and continuing cooking.

It is finished when the ginger is a translucent pale yellow. It’s then tossed in granulated sugar.

As I mentioned I use crystallized ginger from Selafina Spices. I like it because the pieces are large and easy to work with.

Balls of cookie dough rolled in sparkling sugar on a baking sheet.

Pro Tip: For best results, completely coat the cookie dough ball in the sparkling sugar. 

More tasty ginger recipes

In addition to this ginger molasses cookie with crystallized ginger, you can use crystallized ginger in savory dishes, to make cocktails and much more.

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Ginger Molasses Cookies with Crystallized Ginger

The combination of warm spices, ginger, and molasses come together in these festive cookies.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Chilling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Ellen’s Christmas Cookie Extravaganza
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup crystallized ginger finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • coarse sparkling sugar for coating


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and all of the spices. Set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, beat together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg, crystallized ginger, and molasses.
  • Add the dry ingredients, beating gently until evenly blended.
  • Cover the bowl and chill the dough for a minimum of 1 hour but overnight refrigeration is better.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Shape the dough into 1" balls, and roll each ball in sparkling sugar.
  • Place the balls of dough 2" to 3" apart on the prepared pans.
  • Bake the cookies in the center of the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until they're golden and set.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool them on the pans for 5 minutes. Remove them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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  1. I love sparkling sugar. I actually have a ton of it because I’m an ingredient hoarder, lol. Plus, I have crystalized ginger. Serendipity!

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