Ginger spice cookies

Prep time: 90 minutes, including chilling and baking

Yield: 24 Cookies 

Recipe developed by Lauren Katz

ginger spice cookie recipe

Chewy, warm, and spicy: this ginger spice cookie recipe has everything you could possibly want in a holiday treat. Make a batch today and they’ll be the star of your cookie plate this year. This scene-stealing recipe won the Holiday Cookie Bakeoff over on our Instagram


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsps granulated sugar, for rolling 


1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Add the crystallized ginger and mix to thoroughly combine.

2. In a large bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer), combine the brown sugar, shortening, and butter. Beat on medium-high for 3 to 4 minutes, or until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses. Beat 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Turn off the mixer and add the flour mixture. Using a spatula, gently mix the ingredients until just combined and no white streaks remain. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or up to overnight. 

3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper or foil. Place the granulated sugar in a small bowl. 

4. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the chilled dough into your hands; roll into a ball. Place the ball in the bowl of sugar and turn to completely coat. Transfer to the sheet pan and slightly flatten with your fingers, so the cookie is about 3/4 inch in height. Repeat with the remaining dough and sugar, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. 

5. Bake the cookies, switching the sheet pans halfway through, 10 to 12 minutes, or until cracked on top but still soft to the touch. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Enjoy!

Craving even more cookies? Try our recipe for pumpkin spice snickerdoodles.