Molasses Ginger Crisps

What do you do when you’ve got four strangers replacing six windows in your house? If you’re like me, you bake cookies. Lots of cookies. Three months after The Great Hail Storm of Independence Day, we finally got our broken windows replaced. I kept my self busy baking Molasses Ginger Crisps while the guys got to work.

Now normally I prefer a chewy cookie. But let me tell you, these very crispy and crackly molasses ginger cookies are pretty terrific. The original recipe comes, of course, from Martha Stewart and her Cookies iPad app. I made these on-the-fly, so there was no fresh ginger in the house. I was amazed to find just enough crystallized ginger in the back of my spice cabinet. To make up for the lack of fresh ginger, I upped the ground ginger amount by half a teaspoon. Martha rolled her cookies in sanding sugar. I went a little more rustic and rolled my in Turbinado sugar crystals. I love the result. The crystals of the Turbinado sugar are larger and really make the cookies crunch.

Side note, the window installers really liked the cookies, too.

Molasses Ginger Crisps adapted from Martha Stewart Cookies iPad App.

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 cup Turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Beat butter and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Beat in egg and egg yolk, then the crystallized ginger. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the molasses. Beat until well combined.

Shape teaspoons of dough into balls, and roll in Turbinado sugar. Place 2-inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake until cookies are flattened and edges are dark golden brown, 12-14 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh wow! I had to share on my page! Simply gorgeous….you had me at crisps…or cookies…either way I love it! πŸ™‚

  2. Granny says:

    For me, sugar cravings usually manifest with strong emotion, good or bad. I suspect this is the case for many. Today was an especially uplifting day and my current enthusiasm demands the accompaniment of a sweet treat. Coincidentally, I land on your blog as I begin my weekly blog scavenging tour, where a recipe for irresistible Molasses Ginger Crisps awaits… and reminds me that sharing is even sweeter. Thanks.

  3. Gorgeous cookies, gorgeous pics and no doubt tasty baking therapy! Love a (gingernut snap-Aussie term for these little biccies) and even better, I love crystallized ginger too πŸ™‚

  4. Love the perspective of the top photo, with the golden sunlight hitting those buttery golden cookies…

  5. gwynnem says:

    I have all the ingredients in my pantry! Ginger crisps, here I come. πŸ™‚

  6. flyfishbrat says:

    You have touched my heart with this recipe. My late and very much loved Grandmother use to bake a molasses crisp somewhat like this. Unfortunately I never received the recipe. I can’t wait to try yours and hopefully it will soothe my heart. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Mmm these look delicious! What’s the yield?

  8. musingmar says:

    I love, love, LOVE ginger cookies, and these crisps look and sound wonderful. I’m going to pin this recipe and try it soon. Mmmm – lucky window installers!

  9. sam says:

    I do believe this were just moved to the top of my bake-wish list! Ginger cookies are my absolute fall-winter cookie! In the mile high city, crisps can be difficult. I’ll test this out and see if they stand up to our thin air. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Becky says:

    These sound so good. Sometimes I just crave that ginger/molasses flavor. I have a favorite chewy recipe, but had not yet (until now) found a crisp one that looked promising. Trying these soon!

  11. Mmmmmmmm yum! I love the Martha Stewart Cookies book but I didn’t know there was an app for that! πŸ™‚ I will have to check it out!

  12. Michelle says:

    Just wanted to let you know how much I have been enjoying your blog and to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. πŸ™‚

  13. Allison says:

    These look WONDERFUL!

  14. Oh my those look delicious!

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