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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

I know… these may not look chewy, but they are. I promise. If they weren’t, I wouldn’t put them up here. Cookies are meant to be served the way salmon or a steak should be prepared, a nice sear on the outside, but raw in the middle. I just don’t mess around with cookies. If there’s too much crunch, I can’t eat them. But what’s so great about these is how the rim is crispy, making for the most wonderful sound as you bite into them. Then, you get to the good stuff. The blend of sugar and spice; the festive flavors of ginger, cinnamon and clove. It brings to mind lazy weekends… curled up on the couch with a cup of tea and a book: the lead in for an afternoon nap.  I’ve been making these ginger molasses cookies for years, altering the recipe slightly as I prepare each batch.  I hate to use the P-word, but I can’t help it… these are kind of perfect.

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  • JoanneDecember 26, 2012 - 8:44 am

    I’m totally with you on the cookie texture. If it doesn’t have a chewy texture than it’s not worth the calories!

    My brother informed me yesterday that he loves ginger cookies (even though he hates ginger. Weirdo) so I’ll be making these for him in the new year!ReplyCancel

  • ElDecember 26, 2012 - 9:23 am

    I’m definitely going to make the cookies. You look fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveDecember 26, 2012 - 10:27 am

    This is one of my favorite types of cookies–they look fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • MariaDecember 26, 2012 - 10:29 am

    I shouldn’t want to eat more cookies, but I do. I always do! And these are calling my name!ReplyCancel

  • JulieDDecember 26, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    These cookies are so pretty, Brian! I want at least three please! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.December 26, 2012 - 12:46 pm


  • Kiersten @ Oh My VeggiesDecember 26, 2012 - 1:08 pm

    Yes, crispy cookies are of the devil. The devil, I say! I’m all about chewy cookies too. A little bit crispy on the outside, of course, but when they’re hard all the way through–ugh. These do look perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanDecember 26, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    MMnnnn. . . I LOVES me some molassesness

    No hay más caña en los Brazos
    Todo ha sido molido hasta melazaReplyCancel

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy SweetDecember 26, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    One of my favorites this year. Love molasses!ReplyCancel

  • JoyDecember 26, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    I have always loved loved molasses cookies. Those look so good.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryDecember 26, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    These have been favorites of mine forever; that combination of butter and shortening is so important to the texture you describe. I thought once to make them all butter, you know…on butter principle and all and it was a mistake. Never again.

    We love these in the fall with apples and again over the holidays…their aroma and spice is just a perfect cookie for this season.ReplyCancel

  • LirenDecember 26, 2012 - 4:51 pm

    It’s okay, you can use the P word, because they do look (and sound) perfect! Love your philosophy on cookies; you are right, they should be tender in the center like a good steak. This is definitely a must have this time of year :)ReplyCancel

  • Denise WoodwardDecember 26, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    One of my favorite cookies – did not make them this holiday season, but who says they have to be served only during the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • HeleneDecember 26, 2012 - 7:52 pm

    I have a similar recipe and can’t get enough of these cookies. Did not make them this year yet.ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ The Lemon BowlDecember 26, 2012 - 7:56 pm

    These remind me of hermit bars!! Do you ever see those? My husbands family introduced them to me. They are nice and chewy/raw in the middle like a cookie should be. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Cook MinnsDecember 26, 2012 - 8:29 pm

    Yum, Brian! Good to see I’m not the only one posting cookie recipes the day after Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Whitney @ The Newlywed ChefsDecember 26, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    Hey Brian! We are new to this blog and love it! Can’t wait to come back and read more soon!ReplyCancel

  • Mother Would KnowDecember 26, 2012 - 10:07 pm

    I am totally obsessed by crystallized ginger and cookies that are crispy on the outside rim and chewy int he middle. Did you custom make this recipe for me:)?ReplyCancel

  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit HonDecember 26, 2012 - 10:51 pm

    I wish I would have seen this before I ate 3.5 new lbs worth of holiday cookies and crap.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenDecember 27, 2012 - 4:59 am

    I’ve been craving a nice chewy ginger cookie and these do indeed look perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Angie@Angie's RecipesDecember 27, 2012 - 5:29 am

    They do look chewy to me! Thanks for sharing it, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarDecember 27, 2012 - 7:57 am

    Definitely a favorite of mine!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynDecember 27, 2012 - 10:14 am

    I adore cookies like these. They would be very hard to resist!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetDecember 27, 2012 - 6:13 pm

    I feel the same way about the perfect cookie texture! I actually think it is harder to even appreciate the flavors in a crunchy cookie.ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteDecember 27, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    I love chewy cookies, although I’ve never tried ginger molasses – they look so good!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsDecember 27, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    ah it seems we both got cookies on our mind. great way to indulge during the holidays. Happy New Year Brian!ReplyCancel

  • A Farmer In The DellDecember 27, 2012 - 7:28 pm

    I love these cookies. I think they will make a great new years eve treat!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessDecember 28, 2012 - 11:09 pm

    Your cookies always make me smile, Brian. These look too good to resist and your photos are so dreamy:)ReplyCancel

  • Li @ Words and CakeDecember 29, 2012 - 9:10 am

    These look amazingly chewy, I wish I was eating some right now. Even if I did consume a mind-boggling number of cookies during Christmas. Your photos are gorgeous, too.ReplyCancel

  • KaseyDecember 29, 2012 - 9:28 am

    My favorite! I could eat ginger molasses cookies all year round. Happy New Year, Brian! xoReplyCancel

  • MeganDecember 29, 2012 - 8:47 pm

    Wow, these look and sound amazing! I’m a major cookie fan, even after overloading at Christmas. I’ll definitely save this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Winnie AbramsonDecember 30, 2012 - 3:26 am

    I love ginger cookies and these really do look perfect! Happy Holidays Brian ;).ReplyCancel

  • gluttonforlifeDecember 30, 2012 - 4:15 am

    Mmmm. Also delicious made with bacon fat…ReplyCancel

  • laura@MotherWouldKnowDecember 30, 2012 - 10:12 am

    I made these cookies last night and they are addictively good (“the devil” as another commenter aptly named them.) Two hints -1) Watch them, it’s easy to overbake these delights. Most of mine were darker than I would have preferred, yet I baked them for only 9-10 minutes. 2) The dough is sticky and at room temperature, a bit too sticky to easily make the balls (though rolling them in sugar helps a lot.) I refrigerated my second batch while the first cooked and it was much easier to handle. Bonus if you make the candied ginger yourself – you can roll them in ginger sugar! Check David Lebovitz’s recipe for making candied ginger – amazing and easy.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria WalravenOctober 7, 2014 - 2:26 am

    These are the best cookies ever. We brought them to a friend’s holiday gathering and they were a huge hit. Deliciousness,ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodDecember 26, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    I completely agree! :-)ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodDecember 27, 2012 - 4:08 am

    Of course I did! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Brian SamuelsDecember 30, 2012 - 3:29 am

    Thank you Winnie! Wishing you and your family a wonderful (and delicious) New Year!ReplyCancel

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