Ginger Spice Cookies

50 cookies
30 min

What’s that? It’s only September? And I’m posting a Christmas cookie recipe? I guarantee you though, these ginger spice cookies can be enjoyed any time of the year.

But let me tell you, I’ve been planning for Christmas cookies since July. I love thinking about Christmas cookies. I keep a running list on a note in my computer and meticulously plan which cookies I want to include in gift boxes that have a great balance of flavor, texture, and aesthetic. I want chocolate, vanilla, nuts, crunchy, crispy, and chewy.

This year I have big plans. I want to make the cookies all in one day with as little dishes as possible. Seeing that none of my friends are allergic to nuts, I’m going to start with the most neutral flavored cookies and work my way up to the chocolate cookies so as to not contaminate my stand mixer. I’m so excited.

Love ginger but not a fan of gingerbread?

I know everyone loves a classic gingerbread cookie around the holidays. I love the ginger taste but there is one flavor I’m just not a huge fan of: molasses. How could I get a tasty ginger cookie that still has that signature chewiness that molasses creates?

I stumbled upon Baked Ambrosia. I made a few modifications, including using all all-purpose flour and not a combination of almond flour. I also increased the flour amount slightly because I found the dough overly sticky and hard to work with. But otherwise, I loved it! The honey gave the cookie that sticky chew without adding any molasses flavor. This cookie is now in my Christmas cookie rotation.

Dress up your ginger spice cookies

Like Baked Ambrosia, I love dunking these cookies in melted chocolate or drizzling some on top. But I assure you they are also terrific plain.

Looking for more Christmas cookies?

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Recipe details
  • 50  cookies
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 3 1/4 cups (406 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey

In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
In a separate large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy (about 2 minutes).
With the mixer on medium-high speed, beat in the egg until fully combined. Add the vanilla and honey and beat until combined.
With the mixer on low speed, add in the flour mixture until just combined.
Transfer the dough to a container or plastic bag and refrigerate for 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Split the dough in half. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the first half to 1/4 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to make shapes. Gather scraps and gently re roll as many times as necessary. Repeat with the other half of dough.
Place as many cookies that will fit on a cookie sheet spaced at least 1 inch apart. These cookies do not spread much. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges have set. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Dip in chocolate or enjoy plain.
  • This recipe was modified from Baked Ambrosia.
Elle | SimpletoScratch
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  • Lisa Burmeister Lisa Burmeister on Dec 06, 2021

    Wonder if you could substitute Almond flour for the regular flour

    • Elle | SimpletoScratch Elle | SimpletoScratch on Dec 06, 2021

      I'm not sure what would happen if you substituted all the flour, but maybe you could try with just one cup? Let me know how it goes!

  • Merry Merry on Dec 30, 2021

    I followed this recipe exactly, I couldn't believe how dry the dough was. I had to add more eggs to get it to hold together. Once it rested in the fridge trying to roll it out was impossible...I went back and rechecked the recipe at that point because I thought I had made a mistake somehow...but nope...I had the recipe right. Sorry, this did not turn out very well at all.

    • Elle | SimpletoScratch Elle | SimpletoScratch on Jan 02, 2022

      Hi Merry! I’m sorry the cookies didn’t turn out well for you. I know you said you rechecked the recipe but the only thing I can think of is maybe you forgot the honey! Otherwise try it with 1/4 cup less flour and see if that works better!