Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Chewy Ginger CookieThese big, soft cookies are extremely addictive! You have been warned! This recipe will make about 2 dozen, though I suggest doubling it due to the aforementioned addictive quality!


2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon water, orange juice or liqueur of your choice
¼ cup molasses*
2 tablespoons white sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Warning, this is a very sticky batter. It is best to let the dough sit for a bit (maybe 30 minutes or so) so that the sticky factor gets toned down some. Alternatively you can stick them in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or use a little bit of oil/oil spray on your hands when rolling them.

Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an un-greased cookie sheet, and flatten.

Bake for 8 to 10 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.

* A quick tip for when measuring molasses (or honey or other sticky ingredient), lightly coat your measuring cup with oil/oil spray first. This will let the molasses slide easily out.

What the What?!

Snowy WeatherOkay, for any of you that live in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), you will have woken up this morning to snow… lots and lots of snow! Now, yes, I do realize that this is Canada. We’re supposed to have snow… but c’mon people! As someone who relies on public transit to get around, let me tell you, when there is this much white stuff on the ground, it is NOT fun. It took me two and a half times as long to get to work. Yes, I went to work. I’m just that kinda gal, though admittedly I was praying for an email from my boss saying work was cancelled for the day.

Well, I’m here, so let’s get the show on the road. This week’s theme is cookies! Yummy, yummy cookies! Today’s in fact is one of my favourite kind, a nice big soft and chewy ginger molasses cookie. Yes, I know I posted a recipe for this during Gluten-Free week (click here to see it), but here’s one that is a wee bit simpler to make since you’re not using alternative ingredients. And did I mention it’s my favourite? Since I’m writing this blog, then I get to choose 🙂

Tune in tomorrow to see what cookie Tuesday will bring! I promise it won’t be ginger molasses!