soft chewy ginger cookies chocked full of goodies

Every now and then, I bite into something that rocks my world. Over the Christmas holidays, I was at a pot luck and chomp my taste buds went wild! The daughter of the host had baked ginger cookies and was graciously walking through the crowd with a platter piled high. I was more interested in the conversation I was having than her plate of cookies until I took a bite. Hands down, these are the best soft ginger cookies I’ve ever eaten. Being the recipe scrounger that I am, I asked if she’d mind sharing with me.

“Absolutely!” she smiled. “It’s the first ginger cookie recipe on the Allrecipes blog

I couldn’t resist putting my own spin on the original…

Soft Chewy Ginger Cookies chocked full with goodies – adapted from Allrecipes
Preheat oven 350*F

2 1/4  cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
¼ cup molasses
1/3 cup dried apricots, diced
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
¼ cup pistachios, chopped
¼ cup raisins
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons candied orange peel, chopped [optional]
2 tablespoons white sanding sugar

THE STEPS:

  • Whisk together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg, then the water and molasses.
  • Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture.
  • Mix in the dried fruit and chopped nuts.
  • Scoop dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the 2 tablespoons of sanding sugar.
  • Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
  • Bake for 11 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container.

THE LOVE: As with any cookie, don’t overwork the dough. Mix until just well combined.

click here for the printable recipe

Thanks for reading.

  • Nathalie Godbout

    Hmmm… Looks delish! But what is sanding sugar?

    • Michelle

      It’s a coarse non melting sugar that I use to decorate cookies and cupcakes. You can find it at Winners and sometimes the grocery store…