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Close up of crackled ginger molasses cookie on wire rack

Ginger Cookies (spicy, eggless)

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Spicy molasses cookies with a kick from a dose of fresh ginger. They keep well and you can freeze them unbaked and have freshly baked cookies every time you want.

  • Total Time: 3 hours 32 minutes
  • Yield: 30 medium


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (170g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 fresh cardamom pods, ground (if you use ground cardamom make sure it's very fresh)
  • Pinch of ground white pepper, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee extract (or very strong coffee), optional
  • Additional white sugar, for rolling cookies, optional


  1. In a large bowl, by hand or with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy.
  2. Add molasses and vanilla. Mix. 
  3. Add spices, fresh ginger, and coffee if using, and mix well.
  4. Sift the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder) over the batter in 2 or 3 additions. Mix well but don't overbeat, that's why I recommend switching to a spatula. The dough will be shiny but not sticky.
  5. Take a large piece of plastic wrap, make a cylinder in the middle with half of the cookie dough, wrap the dough in the plastic, and roll until it's tight. Prick in a few places to release air bubbles that might have formed. Repeat with the rest of the dough. 
  6. Refrigerate the logs for at least 3 hours, or until firm. You can leave it refrigerated for a day or two. Or freeze for up to a month, wrapping the logs in aluminum on top of the plastic. 
  7. Preheat oven to 350º.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Take out the dough from the fridge and put about a ½ cup of sugar in a shallow plate or bowl.
  10. Roll the cylinder of dough, still wrapped, a few times on the counter to round out the parts that touched the refrigerator floor and are probably more square than round. 
  11. Cut the dough into ½ inch slices and coat each one with sugar. Alternatively, you can bake them plain, without rolling in sugar. 
  12. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space to grow between each cookie.
  13. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until crackled and dry. 
  14. Let cool on wire rack.
  15. Store in an airtight metal container.


  • Molasses - I use dark, but you can use light molasses if you favor a lighter color and less sharpness.
  • Spices - cinnamon is a must and I like to use the best one I can afford (usually a deep-colored Vietnamese). I also include allspice and sometimes a dash of nutmeg. And optional but encouraged for spiciness, we're also adding cardamom (that amazing peppery lemony spice), and white pepper.
  • Extracts - vanilla extract mellow the other flavors so I always add it. And a dash of coffee extract or a few teaspoons of strong coffee because it rounds up the whole thing. The latter is not essential, but it's a nice touch. 
  • Freeze the whole unbaked logs (my favorite way) and then take them out 15-20 minutes before baking so they can be cut easily. Or freeze the already cut cookies (before they are rolled in sugar). They need some minutes at room t° so they can be rolled in sugar before baking. 
  • Storing: containers with airtight lids are recommended so the cookies don't become too soggy. I love tins or metal containers. After that, cookie jars are my choice. 
  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Refrigeration time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American