How do you take a simple ginger cookie and make it better? You add more ginger. These Triple Ginger Cookies are loaded with three kinds of ginger, plus cloves and nutmeg, to add even more flavor to these spicy chewy cookies.
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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 and I love snacking on candied ginger.
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.
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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 its fresh form, ginger can be pretty pungent but will mellow with cooking or baking.
- Crystallized ginger: Here, pieces of ginger are cooked in sugar and water to soften the fibers in the ginger, then these pieces are coated in sugar. Use crystalized ginger for snacking and toppings for desserts. This type of ginger still has some heat, but not as much as fresh ginger.
- Ground ginger: This is ginger in the powdered form and adds a more pungent ginger taste to your foods than fresh ginger. You can substitute ground ginger for fresh using ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger, which 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, and cinnamon flavors.
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.
You're gonna love these cookies
- These cookies have great flavor, are not too sweet, and have 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.
- These cookies have the classic sugary crinkle cookie top.
- Cookie making should not be hard; with these cookies, you mix, chill and bake. EASY!
- And, if you like to make these for the holidays, read this How To Make Christmas Cookies In Advance, because these cookies can be made a week before, and they will stay nice and fresh.
Ginger Cookie Ingredients
- White Sugar
- Butter, softened
- Flour - AP
- Baking soda
- Fresh ginger - grated
- Ground ginger
- Crystalized ginger - chopped
How To Make Triple Ginger Cookies: Step By Step
This is a super easy cookie recipe, 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 two 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 on medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Step 4. Add the flour, baking, soda, salt, grated ginger, chopped candied ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a small bowl. Mix well to incorporate all the spices.
Step 5. Add half the flour mixture to the batter and mix on medium speed to incorporate, then add the other half and mix in the flour.
Step 6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Step 7. While the dough is chilling, mix the ¼ cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger in a small bowl. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 8. 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, and feel free to eat them warm from the oven.
Crinkle Cookie Tip
When making crinkle cookies with granulated sugar, sometimes the sugar bakes off, so you don't see it on top of the cookie. So if you want more sugar, dip the top of a warm cookie in the ginger and sugar mix.
Recipes with crystallized ginger
- Try this recipe for Banana Cake that's rolled with a cream cheese filling and topped with Pecans, Cranberries, and Ginger
- This Lemon Posset takes just four ingredients and is infused with ginger and topped with crystallized ginger. It's such an easy recipe to make.
- Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is always a fall favorite and is topped with lots of ginger.
There is a difference. Candied ginger has been soaked in sugar and water to soften it up, and then it is stored in the sugar syrup. Crystalized ginger has also been soaked in sugar and water, but it is dried and then coated in sugar.
Baking tools and ingredients to make ginger cookies
One of my favorite kitchen tools 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 1-inch 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.
More cookies to bake and eat
Triple Ginger Cookies
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- Use a grater or zester, grate the fresh ginger.
- If the pieces of crystalized ginger are large, you can chop them into smaller pieces. I do this by placing the ginger on a cutting board and make a couple of chops with a chef's knife.
- In a large bowl add the sugar, butter, molasses, and egg. Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. You can also use a stand mixer.
- In a small bowl add the flour, baking, soda, salt, grated ginger, candied ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well to incorporate all the spices
- Add half of the flour mixture to the batter and mix on medium speed to incorporate the flour, then add the other half and mix until the flour is combined.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
- Heat the oven to 350° f and prepare cookie sheets with parchment.
- Mix the ¼ cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger in a small bowl.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough into 1-inch balls then roll the balls in the ginger sugar mixture. Place on baking sheets 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until set. Cool on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container.
- Option - if you want more sugar on top of the cookies just dip the top in the ginger sugar mixture when they are still warm.
Published Feb 18, 2017, last updated Sept. 20, 2022
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