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These chewy ginger cookies are packed full of gingerbread flavor, but are soft and chewy. Sooo good!

These chewy ginger cookies are packed full of gingerbread flavor, but are soft and chewy. Sooo good!

So, yes, it looks like this week has turned into gingerbread week here on Fox and Briar. I was going to hold off and post these next week, so as not to overload you with ginger recipes, but let me explain to you what happened.  As I mentioned on Monday, we went and got our Christmas tree this weekend.  I was all set to decorate it but soon discovered that one of my light strands was burnt out. Despite both myself and Mr, Briar spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to fix it, it was beyond repair.  So I threw in the towel and watched Harry Potter while drinking Baileys, obviously.

These chewy ginger cookies are packed full of gingerbread flavor, but are soft and chewy. Sooo good!

On Monday I managed to run to Target and pick up a few new strands of lights – luckily I got four boxes, which seemed like overkill but turned out to be the perfect amount.  I wanted to try a new light stringing method, which uses quite a few more lights than my regular old “lasso” method.  If you follow me on pinterest you may have noticed that I pinned a bunch of “perfect way to light a tree” pins.  Turns out the best way to light a tree is to wrap each branch in lights.  I’ve never tried this before, but I thought I would give it a try this year since I am so in love with the shape of our tree.

These chewy ginger cookies are packed full of gingerbread flavor, but are soft and chewy. Sooo good!

I am not a patient person, and this turned out to be more time consuming than I was wanting it to be.  So while I was doing this, I needed Christmas music in the background and I needed cookies baking in the oven, to give me the holiday feels.  After spending what seemed like hours stringing one strand of lights, I took a break and made these cookies.  There are three kinds of cookies that I must make every Christmas, and this is one of them.  My mom has been making these cookies during the holidays for years, and even though she always sends me some in the mail, I like to have them baking in the oven sometimes as well.

These chewy ginger cookies are packed full of gingerbread flavor, but are soft and chewy. Sooo good!

These cookies are packed with gingerbread flavor, but they are soft and chewy, just how I like them.  The recipe calls for crystalized ginger chips, which adds a nice extra ginger kick, but if you can’t find them you can leave them out, the cookie itself is still so good.  One year I couldn’t find the ginger chips so I just bought regular crystalized ginger and chopped it up into small pieces, that works too.  The dough requires an hour of chilling time, which I do really recommend.  If the dough is not cold it is stickier, and the cookies have a better texture if the dough has been chilled.

These chewy ginger cookies are packed full of gingerbread flavor, but are soft and chewy. Sooo good!

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Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies

4.72 from 7 votes
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 20 minutes
Servings 30 Cookies
These soft and chewy ginger cookies are full of gingerbread flavor.

Ingredients 

  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar plus extra for rolling cookies in
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup crystallized ginger chips optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Whisk together dry ingredients, set aside.
  • In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  • Add molasses and egg, mix until combined.
  • Pour in dry ingredients, mix well.
  • Stir in ginger chips, if using.
  • Chill dough for 1 hour.
  • Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll each ball in extra granulated sugar.
  • Place on a lined baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes, remove from oven while still soft. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.
  • Makes about 30 cookies.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baked Goods/Breads, Desserts
Cuisine: American
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Recipe from The Ginger People

These chewy ginger cookies are packed full of gingerbread flavor, but are soft and chewy. Sooo good!

While these cookies baked, I continued my quest for the most magical Christmas tree ever.  I did the lazy girl’s version of this lighting method – I just don’t have the patience to spend hours putting up Christmas tree lights.  Although I probably would not impress Martha Stewart with my tree lighting skills, I think the tree turned out pretty darn magical.

These chewy ginger cookies are packed full of gingerbread flavor, but are soft and chewy. Sooo good!

I hope you are enjoying “ginger week” here at Fox and Briar – just wait until you see what I have planned for you on Friday!  Oh, and if you are not a fan of gingerbread flavored things, don’t worry, I have good things coming to you next week.  But if you DO enjoy gingerbread flavored things, why don’t you whip up a batch of these cookies and then enjoy them with a gingerbread latte in front of your magical tree?  That’s what I’m going to be doing.

These chewy ginger cookies are packed full of gingerbread flavor, but are soft and chewy. Sooo good!

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Hello! I’m Meghan.

I am so glad that you are here! I am the recipe developer, photographer, and writer here at my blog Fox and Briar. I am a passionate, self-taught home cook and believe that most things are better homemade and that good food doesn’t need to be complicated.

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52 Comments

  1. Really want to try these but don’t understand the butter amounts.

    Is that “3/4 cup” and “1 and 1/2 sticks” sorry if it seems a basic question but I’m in the U.K. so trying to convert it our measuring system.

    Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    My daughter’s and work colleagues favourite. I have some in the oven atm !! Its her birthday on the 27th and these are what she has asked for to take into work….. delicious and moreish:)

  3. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness. I just made these this weekend. They are to die for, and they really ARE chewy, which I love in a cookie! Normally when I bake cookies, they become hardened & crispy so I have to use Martha Stewart’s trick I read about once & stick a slice of Wonder bread in with my cookies. The cookies absorb the moisture from the bread, hence turning the bread dry & the cookies soft and chewy! But with these cookies, 3 days later, they’re still just as moist as can be. And I LOVE the addition of the crystallized ginger! Both kids loved them too, when normally they turn down their noses at anything ginger because it’s ‘too spicy’. Way to go on this recipe for ginger Snaps! It’s definitely going to get used by me over & over again 💕

  4. Hi Meghan!
    Saw your recipe and decided to give these cookies a try. Only alteration I made – I live in California – was to use marijuana infused butter.
    They are absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for sharing ♥️

  5. i AM VERY INTERESTED IN MAKING A CHEWY GINGER COOKIE. i AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE GINGER CHIPS. i KNOW THEY ARE OPTIONAL, BUT I WANTED TO KNOW IF THE CHIP ADD CRUNCH TO THE COOKIE OR DO THEY MELT INTO THE COOKIE?

    1. Also, I apologize for the call caps…for some reason It didn’t show that when I was typing the comment.

      1. No problem! It is my comment system that does that, I haven’t been able to get it fixed yet!

    2. Hi Kisha – so the ginger “chips” aren’t like chocolate chips, they are really crystallized ginger pieces. They don’t melt, but they aren’t really crunchy – they are more chewy. They do contribute to the chewy texture and add another layer of ginger flavor, so I really like them in there. I hope that helps! If you are wondering where to find them, I often find them at World Market or Trader Joe’s. Or you can order them on Amazon.