The Ultimate Ginger Cookie Recipe with Crystallized Ginger

There is a place in Ellsworth, Maine called Rooster Bros. and they make THE most DELICIOUS ginger cookies on the planet.

I set out to recreate them, but then I discovered that my good friend (haha) Ina Garten had already done the hard work for me.

This is THE Ultimate Ginger Cookie recipe. Find out the one secret ingredient that makes all the difference.

This IS the Ultimate Ginger Cookie recipe.

The Ultimate Ginger Cookie Recipe
Recipe Type: dessert
Author: Jo-Lynne Shane
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Serves: 3 dozen
This ginger cookie recipe with crystallized ginger is THE Ultimate Ginger Cookie recipe. You will never make them without crystallized ginger again.
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or melted butter
  • 1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 extra-large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped crystallized ginger
  • sugar, for rolling cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt and then combine the mixture with your hands.
  3. Beat the brown sugar, oil, and molasses on medium speed for 5 minutes. Turn the speed to low speed, add the egg, and beat for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula and beat for 1 more minute.
  4. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients, then mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add crystallized ginger and mix until combined.
  5. Scoop the dough with 2 spoons or a small ice cream scoop. With your hands, roll each cookie into a 1 3/4-inch ball and then flatten them lightly with your fingers. Press both sides of each cookie in granulated sugar and place on sheet pans.
  6. Bake for exactly 13 minutes. The cookies will be cracked on the top and soft inside.
  7. Let the cookies cook for a minute or two and the transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

This is THE Ultimate Ginger Cookie recipe. Find out the one secret ingredient that makes all the difference.