Friday, November 12, 2010

Molasses ginger crackle cookies: a recipe

Confession: I'm not a dessert person. Give me cheese over cheesecake every time.

When I was little, my sister used to love to sit next to me at family birthday parties because I would only eat the cake part of the cake, not the icing, which of course I would give to her. And I mean none of the icing. You know the skinny little layer of icing between the cake layers? Yup -- I would eat around it.

This probably explains why I prefer cookies that are a little spicy or packed with fruit, rather than lots of chocolate. Case in point: these molasses ginger cookies.

The recipe comes from the Eating Well magazine web site, so they aren't too god-awful for you, fat- and calorie-wise. And the cookies pack a double wallop: chewy molasses-y texture with a tangy bite of crystallized ginger. Perfect!

It's like what fall would taste like if you could capture it in cookie form.

Molasses Ginger Crackle Cookies (adapted from Nancy Caverly, via

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Beat butter and 1 cup sugar with a mixer, stand or hand-held, until creamy. Add egg and molasses. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger until well blended. Stir in crystallized ginger. Blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture a little at a time, mixing well, until it is all incorporated. Chill the dough in the refrigerator until firm, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Place the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a shallow dish. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and then roll in the sugar. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets.
Bake the cookies, in batches, until they crackle on top, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.


  1. I'm sure these would be even better with some buttercream frosting on top!!!

  2. I like non-dessert people, more for me ;P Anything molassesy gets my vote, yum!

  3. Mario's family is in town for Thanksgiving. Made these earlier today and they were a hit! I think I'll be asked to make more this week.