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Old-fashioned ginger cookies

Total Time
40 min
30 min
10 min
For these easy ginger cookies, which feature both grated fresh ginger and ground ginger, you can use either light or dark molasses, but not blackstrap. Don't know the difference? Light molasses comes from the first boiling of the sugar syrup and has a mild flavor and is light colored. Dark molasses comes from the second boiling and is thicker, darker, and not as sweet. It's usually used for gingerbread, ginger cookies, and Indian pudding. Choose between the two of them depending on how sweet you want your cookies to be. Blackstrap molasses comes from the third boiling; it is very dark, very thick, and somewhat bitter.


Whole wheat flour

2 cup(s), pastry variety

Baking soda

1 tsp

Ground cinnamon

1 tsp

Ground ginger

1 tsp

Canola oil

¼ cup(s)


¼ cup(s), dark variety


1 large egg(s)

Fresh ginger

2 tsp, peeled and grated


1 cup(s)


3 Tbsp


  1. Place the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the pastry flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and ground ginger in a medium bowl. Whisk together the oil, molasses, egg, and fresh ginger in a large bowl until smooth; whisk in 1 cup of the sugar. Add the flour mixture and stir until blended. Let the dough rest about 10 minutes.
  3. Spread the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar on a small plate. Roll scant tablespoonfuls of the dough into 1-inch balls, making a total of 36 balls. Dip the tops of the balls in the sugar and place, sugar side up, on the baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookies are cracked, soft in the center, and firm along the edges, 10 – 12 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets on racks about 2 minutes. With a spatula, transfer the cookies to racks and let cool completely. Yields 1 cookie per serving.