Soft Ginger Cookies

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Soft Ginger cookies have just the right balance of spices, not too strong but just right!Soft Ginger Cookies

Y’all, my baby girl just loves anything with ginger and these cookies are a big hit with her.  

These cookies are soft and wonderful right out of the oven or cooled

We especially love them straight out of the oven and you really must try one that way! (Maybe let it cool for a minute). But even after they cool they stay soft and so delicious. The dough is light and fluffy as a cloud and scoops out onto the baking sheet beautifully with a cookie scoop. The flavor? Well, they taste like love, home, and warm evenings by the fireplace.

Soft Ginger Cookies

To make these soft ginger cookies you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Water
  • Molasses
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • Salt

Low Maintenance Recipe

Now don’t let all of these ingredients make you think this is a high maintenance recipe. It comes together really fast and the dough is so easy to work with!

How To Make Soft Ginger Cookes Step By Step Pictorial

Soft Ginger Cookies

  • Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 
  • Add egg and beat that well also. 
  • Add in molasses, water, and vanilla. Beat again with an electric mixer until well combined.  Soft Ginger Cookies
  • Add in flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and beat again until well incorporated. Soft Ginger Cookies
  • Scoop out with a cookie dough scoop and drop in a little bowl of sugar on one side if you like. Soft Ginger Cookies
  • Place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.  Soft Ginger Cookies
  • Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. While they are baking prepare yourself for wonderful things!  Soft Ginger Cookies

Oops. Part of that one just hopped right into my mouth!  Soft Ginger Cookies

Enjoy these wonderful cookies! 

Makes my heart smile just looking at them. I hope they become part of your sweet memories as well!

Soft Ginger Cookies

These cookies are soft and wonderful right out of the oven or cooled
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies
Servings: 2 dozen
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Christy Jordan


  • 3/4 cup butter softened (1.5 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 2 +1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In large bowl place softened butter and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat again until incorporated. Add molasses, water, and vanilla and beat again. Add in flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Beat again until a dough is formed, scraping down sides if needed.
  • Place a little additional sugar in a small bowl to the side.
  • Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop out portions of dough about a tablespoon round and drop into the sugar to coat one side. Place uncoated side down on an ungreased baking sheet, about two inches apart. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Allow to cool for a few minutes on baking sheet before removing to cool completely on a cooling rack or platter. ENJOY!


Calories: 149kcal
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The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone. 

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  1. Any idea what would happen if fresh grated ginger was added? Thank you for another item on my long holiday list! This recipe is going up top!

  2. Hello, from Massachusetts, love all your recipes, could I add raisins to the mix? I like hermits, but they are to much work, with the double baking,

  3. These are a family favorite! I reduce the cinnamon and cloves by half as those spices are hard on my acid reflux. Warm a couple in the microwave for a breakfast treat!

  4. How many cookies with the cookie scoop? is this a large batch cookie? or can I double it? how long will it keep?

    I am such a ginger fan and a cookie monster. Does it show?

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