This Ginger Cookie is thin but still packed with flavor and chewy softness! Don’t confuse this cookie with a ginger snap that can sometimes be hard and crunchy! You will have no trouble biting into this cookie. The only trouble you may have is biting into all the cookies because one will not be enough! If you love cookies, try my Butter Pecan Cookies or Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Soft Ginger Cookie Recipe

When these Ginger Cookies come out of the oven and cool, they will be thin. But, don’t let that lead you to believe that you are going to bite into a hard cookie (like a ginger snap). In fact, the opposite is true! They are beyond soft! These cookies are so soft and a delightful treat to have with your morning coffee or tea. Plus, the ginger spice and cinnamon are just the right amount of spice to make these cookies one of my favorite cookie recipes. I even turned them into a Ginger Cookie Sandwich with marshmallow buttercream!

Tray of Soft Ginger Cookies

How to Store Ginger Cookies

Around here, most treats don’t last long, but if I need to bake Ginger Cookies ahead of time and keep them fresh, there are some things to keep in mind.

  • Be sure to let the cookies cool before storing them.
  • Because these are soft cookies, use an airtight container to keep them in. (Save your tins and less tight containers for holding your crispy cookies.
  • Don’t mix and match cookies (including crisp cookies and soft cookies) in one container since the flavors may blend into a taste that is not what you were going for! Keep them covered if they will be sitting out for a few days. After about three days, cookies left out will start to lose their texture and flavor.
Soft Ginger Cookies with One Broken and Edges Exposed

Can I Freeze Ginger Cookies?

Yes! Make a few batches of these cookies to have ready when you need them. Ginger Cookies will be good for up to a month when stored in the freezer. Better yet, freeze the cookie dough and simply thaw that out when you are ready to bake the cookies.

Soft Ginger Cookies Stacked and Broken

More Ginger Recipes

4.91 from 30 votes

Ginger Cookie

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Soft and chewy with the perfect amount of ginger, cinnamon, and molasses, Ginger Cookies are as easy to make as they are to eat!


  • 2 ¼ cups (281 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (170 g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 g) dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup (84 g) molasses
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a sifter, and sift into a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg. Then, stir in the molasses.
  • Add the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture.
  • Use a 2 tablespoon scoop to scoop out the dough and then use your hands shape the dough into a round ball.
  • Roll each ginger cookie dough ball into the granulated sugar and place the cookies a couple of inches apart onto a lined baking sheet, flattening* slightly.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, letting them cool before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


If you want your cookies to look like mine, you will need to flatten them slightly. 

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Reader Comments

  1. I would love to make your recipe but don’t want them to spread. I would like them to look like mini pill ginger cookies. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you

  2. Well, they sure didn’t flatten out like this picture! I flattened the second batch b4 putting them in the oven. I wanted to post a pic of both batches I made just to show everyone the difference. My husband enjoyed them, me, not so much lol 🙂

    1. I don’t understand a comment like this. The directions literally say “If you want your cookies to look like mine you will to flatten them slightly”. Then you say you didn’t like them? Thanks for visiting my blog today.

    1. You can but it will change the flavor profile considerably. Fresh ginger is quite potent, so if you love the flavor it could be good! 🙂

  3. Made these from Amanda’s cookbook. So easy and perfect!! Best part about these recipes is you can change them slightly to what you have and they still turn out great. ❤️

    I tried half fresh ginger — didn’t really notice it.
    Also replaced molasses with some real maple syrup (Because I have a ton of it). Cookies were good but very light color and flavor wasn’t quite the same 🙂

  4. I used some ginger candy in mine and if you put a slice of white bread in your container to store them it will also keep them soft!

  5. Just made these for the first time. So yummy. I didn’t have molasses so I used treacle but they they were so good. Will try next time with molasses. Pretty sure they won’t last long and I’ll have to make another batch

  6. I am wondering Amanda… If I freeze the dough.. do I roll it into a long cylinder before freezing and then wrap and freeze ? Then I could thaw it and cut into flattened circles …or would that overwork the dough?
    I love this recipe already and I haven’t even tasted it yet ❤️
    Thank you so much for all you do

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