Ginger Cookies Recipe (Chewy Crinkles)

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Ginger Cookies are a holiday treat tradition at our house. These ones are soft, chewy crinkles, made with molasses and rolled in sugar before baking. We love these little crinkles and I always include them in our cookie rotation.Cookies on a wire rack

The History of Ginger Cookies

Gingerbread cookies became popular in the 1600s when Queen Elizabeth 1 had them made and decorated to look like people. The gingerbread house originated in Germany in the 1800s, inspired by, or the inspiration for, the Grimm’s fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. Here’s the complete rundown on the long history of this cookie: The History of Gingerbread

ginger crinkle cookies on a wire rack



What’s the Difference between Ginger Crinkles and Ginger Snaps?

Ginger Snaps and Ginger Crinkles are basically the same recipes. The difference is a longer baking time for Ginger Snaps, giving them a crisper “snap”, while ginger crinkles have a softer, chewier texture. Both are delicious and it’s just a matter of personal preference.

A tin of cookies

Types of Cookies

These ginger cookies are a drop cookie. Although there are endless cookie recipes, they all fall into one of the four basic types. I have included example recipes from some of my talented blogger friends. The four types are:

Cutout cookies

The dough is rolled and cut into shapes before baking. Some examples:

Sliced cookies

Cookie dough is rolled into a log, and then sliced before baking, like these:

Drop cookies

This is a wetter dough, which is spooned onto baking sheets or rolled into balls before baking. Here are some yummy examples:

Piped cookies

These are made using a piping bag or cookie press, like these:

Stack of four ginger cookies in front of a red cookie tin.

How to Store Ginger Cookies

After baking, cool the cookies completely and store them in an airtight container. They will keep for up to a week (but I promise they won’t last that long). Alternatively, you can freeze the ginger cookies for up to three months. Pre freeze them in a single layer before packing in airtight freezer containers or bags.

Ginger Cookies in a red tin with snowmen pictures

Tips for Cookie Success

Cookie making is easy, but preparation and patience will ensure success with any recipe

Before starting:

  • Read through the recipe completely to be sure you have everything that you need, including ingredients, equipment, and time.
  • Have eggs and butter at room temperature.
  • Have all ingredients and equipment out and ready
  • Preheat oven
  • Prepare baking sheets

While Preparing:

  • Use dry dry ingredient measuring cups for dry ingredients and liquid ingredient measuring cups for liquids.
  • Measure ingredients precisely, levelling them.
  • Space cookies well apart on a baking sheet to allow for spreading
  • Set the oven timer for a couple of minutes before the recommended time to check for doneness. This allows for variable oven temperatures.
  • Use cold baking sheets to prevent excessive spreading.

After Baking:

    • Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
    • Allow cookies to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.

Tin of cookies with two cups of coffee and plate of cookies

Cookies on a wire rack

Ginger Cookies (Chewy Crinkles)

These soft and chewy Ginger Crinkle Cookies with molasses are delicious, gingery treats, and so easy to make.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Cookies
Cuisine Baking
Servings 30
Calories 95 kcal


  • mixing bowls
  • dry measuring cups
  • liquid measuring cups
  • baking sheets
  • parchment paper


  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg large, beaten
  • granulated sugar for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 325° Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray
  • In a small sauce pan over low heat, melt butter and molasses together. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
  • Add cooled molasses / butter mixture and the beaten egg
  • Mix well. Dough will be crumbly
  • Shape the dough into 2" balls.
  • Roll each ball in sugar before placing them, equally spaced on prepared baking sheets
  • Flatten each ball slightly with the back of a spoon
  • Bake in center of oven 10-12 minutes
  • Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool completely


Use a melon baller to scoop evenly sized cookie dough balls.
Make this recipe gluten free by replacing the all purpose flour with a gluten free flour blend. I used this one.


Calories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 134mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 102IUCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Christmas recipes, ginger, holiday recipes, holiday treats, molasses
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24 thoughts on “Ginger Cookies Recipe (Chewy Crinkles)

  1. I have fallen in love with ginger and gingerbread things over the last 5+ years so these look super delicious! Thanks for explaining the difference between ginger crinkles and ginger snaps!

  2. I love chewy ginger cookies! Thanks so much for sharing your Ginger Cookies recipe, Colleen. They look delicious and they make such a great edible gift. Many thanks also for including my Holiday Pinwheel Biscotti in your Cookie list. That was a delightful surprise. Happy holidays!

  3. Ginger cookies are at the top of my baking list every year. It’s the one cookie my husband requests. I’ll have to give your recipe a try. The crinkly top and chewy texture is perfect!

  4. Your cookie recipe is going to my recipe collection to make during this holiday season. Thanks for sharing! YUMMY AND DELICIOUS!

  5. Sometimes I love crunchy cookies, and sometimes melt-in-your mouth, and sometimes chewy. This chewy crinkles fits the bill when I’m in the mood for some chewy cookies, and ginger is just perfect for Christmas. 🙂

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