Ginger Cookies will make your house smell like Christmas and are a must-have for holiday baking. Easy to make with just a handful of ingredients, perfectly spiced Ginger Crinkle Cookies are wintertime favorites.
Holiday Ginger Cookies
Ginger Cookies are a major part of my family’s holiday heritage– I’m so excited to be sharing them with you! These cookies are full of holiday flavors and are a breeze to make. I hope you love these as much as we all do!
How To Make Ginger Cookies
- Prep: Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine: Measure the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. In a large bowl, beat the shortening and the sugar, and add in the molasses and egg. Finally, mix in the dry ingredients.
- Make: Shape the dough into balls, dip each ball into the water; shake off the excess before rolling in sugar. Place the sugar-coated balls on the cookie sheet, leaving about 3 inches between each cookie.
- Bake: Bake the cookies for 11-14 minutes and cool on a rack. Makes 16 cookies.
When are the cookies done?
The edges should be firm and just ever-so-slightly browned. Ovens tend to run at different temperatures, so start checking them after around 10 minutes for doneness.
I like to slightly under-bake these ginger crinkle cookies so they stay soft and chewy.
Are Ginger Cookies chewy?
Part of the chewiness depends on how long they’re baked (see question above); over-baked cookies aren’t very chewy. Because of the molasses in the cookies, they’re generally extra-moist.
The sugar crinkle coating gives them an extra bit of crispiness on the outside, which contrasts so nicely with the chewiness inside.
How long do they keep?
These ginger cookies will keep in an airtight container for about 3 days at room temperature and up to 5 days in the fridge.
You can also freeze the cooled cookies on a baking sheet and then transfer them to a freezer bag. Thaw the cookies at room temperature or in the microwave.
- If you don’t have shortening you can swap it for unsalted butter. The texture will be slightly different but they will still be delicious!
- Don’t over mix the dough. The wet and dry ingredients should be just combined.
- Leave a good amount of space between each ball of cookie dough on the baking sheet. They will spread during baking.
- Let the Ginger Cookies cool before enjoying them.
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