How do you take a simple ginger cookie and make it better? You add more ginger. I am a super big fan of ginger; I always have candied and ground ginger in my cupboard and a knob of ginger root in my freezer. These Triple Ginger Spice Cookies are loaded with three kinds of ginger, plus cloves and nutmeg to add even more flavor to these spicy chewy cookies.
Published Feb 18, 2017, last updated Mar. 1, 2020
Ginger oh how I love thee. Most mornings I put fresh ginger in my lemon water, it adds a zesty flavor and a bit of heat. I eat candied ginger for a snack, here’s my favorite. And, of course, I bake with all kinds of ginger. The spicy, peppery, lemony flavor of ginger adds great flavor to all kinds of dishes, both sweet and savory.
Let’s talk about ginger
Ginger is an ancient spice originating from Asia that is used in food and medicine.
There are seven forms of ginger and this recipe uses three of them
- Fresh or Raw Ginger: used in various forms such as grated, chopped and sliced; you can even juice raw ginger. Fresh ginger can be used in cooking baking and drinks. In the fresh form, ginger can be quite pungent but will mellow with cooking or baking.
- Candied or crystallized ginger: here the ginger is cooked in sugar until it is crystallized and coated with sugar. Use candied ginger for snacking and toppings for desserts. This type of ginger still has some heat to it but not as much as fresh ginger
- Ground ginger: is ginger in the powdered form and adds a more pungent ginger taste to your foods than fresh ginger will. You can substitute ground ginger for fresh using ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger equals 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger.
The flavor of ginger is mildly sweet and can have different flavor notes depending on the piece of ginger, so you can expect lemon, pepper, cinnamon flavor.
For this recipe you need some spices – yes these cookies are full of ginger, of course; and nutmeg and cloves. Get ready to measure, grate and chop away
- White Sugar
- Butter, softened
- Flour – AP
- Baking soda
- Fresh ginger – grated
- Ground ginger
- Candied ginger – chopped
This is a super easy cookie recipe, just mix the wet ingredients together and add the dry ingredients and the spices. The most important part of the recipe is letting the dough chill for an hour so all the flavors can develop.
Step 1. Prepare the grated ginger. I keep my ginger in the freezer so it is always on hand. It is also easier to grate ginger when it is frozen. Use a Microplane zester/ grater for the best results.
Step 2. Measure 2 tablespoons of the candied ginger and place it on a cutting board. Chop the ginger into smaller pieces with a sharp knife.
Step 3. In a large bowl mix the sugar, butter, molasses, and egg. Beat until light and fluffy.
Step 4. Beat in the flour, baking, soda, salt, grated ginger, chopped candied ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well to incorporate all the spices.
Step 5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Step 6. While the dough is chilling mix the ¼ cup of sugar and 1 tsp. of powdered ginger in a small bowl. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 7. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls then roll in the ginger sugar. Place on baking sheets 2 inches apart and bake for 10 -12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
These are the best-spiced ginger cookies – why?
These cookies have great flavor, not too sweet, and just the right amount of spice
You can taste the ginger inside and out
If you like tender chewy cookies these ginger cookies are for you, the molasses makes them chewy
Cookie making should not be hard and with these cookies, you simply mix, chill and bake. EASY!
These cookies just don’t last long at my house. We start eating them warm from the oven.
Want some ginger inspirations, here are more recipes from One Hot Oven
- Banana Cream Cheese Cake Roll with Pecans, Cranberries, and Ginger
- Rich and Creamy Raspberry Ginger Posset
- Spicy Pumpkin Sheet Cake
I hope you love these easy-to-make cookies as much as I do. Go ahead and bake a batch and let me know what you think.
Don’t forget to pin this to your favorite Pinterest board for when you want some delicious cookies.
Some baking tools and ingredients to make ginger cookies
One of my favorite kitchen tools that I use is my zester/grater. It’s such a handy tool for zesting and grating citrus and spices. When I bake cookies I always use a cookie scoop so my cookies are all the same size and bake up nice and round. And don’t forget the ginger. These ginger pieces are my favorite for baking and I love to nibble on the ginger for a sweet and spicy snack.
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Triple Ginger Spice Cookies
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- In a large bowl mix the sugar, butter, molasses, and egg. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the flour, baking, soda, salt, grated ginger, candied ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well to incorporate all the spices.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare cookie sheets with parchment.
- Mix the ¼ cup of sugar and 1 tsp. of powdered ginger in a small bowl.
- Shape the dough into 1 inch balls then roll in the ginger sugar. Place on baking sheets 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10 minutes, until set. Cool on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container.
From learning to cook on a farm in Indiana to culinary school in California, my passion for food is never-ending. Turning on my oven to bake something for friends and family is my happy place, and I am glad to be here at One Hot Oven sharing both sweet and savory recipes with all my baking friends.
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