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5 less-decadent desserts and snacks

By: Enrique Gili on Dec. 22, 2011, 1:48 p.m.
Chewy ginger cookies

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Chewy Ginger Cookies

Crunchy outside, chewy inside, sweet and spicy goodness of ginger throughout. We used one-third as much butter as some recipes call for.
Chewy Ginger Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 level teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly melted
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ginger spice
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 3 ounces crystallized ginger, chopped fine
  • 2 ounces white granulated sugar
Time estimates

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes, plus cooling time


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Stir to ensure consistency.
  3. In a second mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter, egg and molasses. 
Stir until texture is creamy and dark brown, about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour contents of second bowl into the first. Then rinse hands with cold water and knead contents into a large ball, about 3 minutes. Add all the ginger. Rinse hands again and knead ingredients until dough is of an even consistency. If dough is too sticky add a bit more flour. Let stand for 60 minutes.
  5. Rinse hands in cold water. Pinch a piece of dough and roll in granulated sugar. Gently press dough between your palms. Lightly grease two foil-lined baking sheets. Place cookie dough 2 inches apart. Place on middle rack and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, less for more chewiness. Cool before serving.
Makes 24 cookies