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Crisp Ginger Cookies

Recipe for easy ginger cookies baked using melted organic jaggery as a substitute for molasses - baked to a crisp, these dark brown cookies redolent of spices are perfect for dunking into your favourite hot beverage.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 39 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 30 piece


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsps baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup jaggery dark
  • 2 tbsps water
  • 1.5 tsps cinnamon ground
  • 1 tsp ginger ground
  • 3/4 tsp cardamom ground green
  • 100 grams butter soft (unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar granulated (for coating)


  • In a small sauce pan, melt the jaggery with the water and the cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. Allow this to simmer for 2-3 minutes until the spices get incorporated in the liquid. Remove and keep aside for a few minutes to let it cool slightly.
  • Mix the flour, baking soda, salt in a bowl using a whisk and keep aside.
  • Remove the spiced melted jaggery in a bowl. Add the softened butter, sugar and egg. Whisk this on high speed using a hand mixer, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Add the dry ingredients to this and fold until combined into a soft dough.
  • If this is too sticky to handle, then refrigerate this dough for 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven at 190 C / 375 F. Line 2-3 baking trays with baking paper.
  • Spread the granulated sugar in a flat dish. Divide into 30 equal portions and roll into a smooth ball between your palms. Roll each portion in the sugar and place on prepared baking tray around 1.5" apart.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, rotating the trays midway for even baking, to get crisp cookies. For slightly chewier cookies, remove them in 10 minutes. Allow to cool on wire rack. Pack in airtight container.


These ginger cookies turn out beautifully dark brown. The sugar crystals give them a delightful crunch and the spice mix makes it irresistible to stop at just one. This recipe goes slightly over in the baking time, making them perfect for dunking in your favourite hot drink. Cookie dunkers of the world, UNITE :)
If you flatten the cookies and then bake them, you can make delicious ice cream sandwiches by pressing a scoop of frozen vanilla ice cream between two cookies!
Recipe adapted from the Chewy Molasses Cookies on Epicurious
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