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Spicy Ginger Cookies

Try these chewy, spicy cookies for a bolder take on one of the signature flavors of the holidays. 

We use whole wheat pastry flour to create a rich foundation for the delicious intensity of the fresh and ground ginger.

These cookies are softer and more cake-like in texture than our crunchy Ginger Crinkle CookiesThey make a delightful accompaniment for citrus flavors or a winter fruit salad — or enjoy them on their own with a glass of milk or a steamy latte.

This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies. We'll bet you can't eat just one!

Prep time: 45 min | Total time: 15 min | 48 Servings


½ cup

unsalted butter (1 stick, softened)

½ cup

dark brown sugar (packed)



¼ cup


1 Tbsp

finely grated and peeled fresh ginger

2 cup

whole wheat pastry flour (or unbleached all-purpose flour)

2 Tbsp

unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp

baking soda

½ Tbsp

ground ginger

1 tsp

ground cinnamon

¼ tsp

ground cloves

½ tsp


⅓ cup

granulated sugar for rolling cookies


Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper, and set aside.

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer and beat vigorously to combine. Add the egg, molasses and fresh ginger, and beat again until smooth.

In another bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt, and whisk to blend. Add the dry mixture to the mixing bowl and mix on low speed to combine.

Spread the granulated sugar on a flat plate. Form the dough into 1-inch balls by breaking off pieces and rolling them between your palms. Roll the balls in the sugar, then place them on the prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Don't flatten the cookies.

Bake until the cookies are fragrant and the tops crack, 10 to 13 minutes. Cool on the cookie pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Store them in an air-tight container for up to 7 days.

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