Sprakling Chewy Ginger Cookies with a Twist



Don’t say I didn’t warn you❣


 
These cookies are chewy and delicious ~ bursting with a warm, surprisingly fiery and pungent flavor!

The taste is almost peppery and that’s why I love these cookies, because the surprise ingredient is just that, pepper!

I always bake some sort of ginger cookie during the Christmas season, and this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens surpasses them all.

For additional spicy flavor, the recipe includes  molasses, dark brown sugar, fresh ginger and pumpkin pie spice.  

Gold sanding sugar sprinkled on top of each cookie gives them a festive look when baked and adds another touch of sweetness.

I think they’re divine ~ they’re addictive ~ and if you like ginger cookies,  I bet you will agree!   


Sparkling Chewy Ginger Cookies
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

1⅓ cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 large eggs
½ cup molasses
4 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
3½ cups flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1⅓ cups gold sanding sugar, or granulated sugar*

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°.
Beat dark brown sugar and shortening in a medium bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
Add egg, molasses and finer, beat 30 seconds.
Sift flour with next 4 ingredients in a small bowl.
Add flour mixture to butter mixture, beat at low speed until combined.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Place sanding sugar in a small bowl.
Drop dough by level spoonfuls into sanding sugar, using a 1½” cookie scoop; roll to coat.
Place coated cookies 3” apart on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are fragrant and browned around the edges.
Cool on pans for 5 minutes, transfer to wire racks to cool completely.  
Makes 3 dozen

*Gold sanding sugar can be purchased online or purchased wherever specialty cake supplies are sold.


Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Chewy gingery cookies are the best holiday cookies! These look divine, Pam.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! Lots of cookie love here!

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  2. the fresh ginger really seals the deal for me--it always adds something that dried ground ginger can only dream of achieving! :)

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    1. Right on, Grace! Fresh ginger rules, it adds a great touch! Take care

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  3. Pam, Ginger cookies are just about my wife's favorite all time and year around cookie! Since she likes spice as well, I'm sure she'll love this recipe... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! Your wife definitely knows what's good! :-) Hope she likes this!

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  4. These sound wonderful! Can't wait to make them.

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    1. Thanks, Janet! I like your websites. Hope you like these!

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  5. Ginger cookies are a favorite of mine, Pam! I've never made them with fresh ginger before so can't wait to try these.

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    1. Hi Susan! I love ginger cookies too, and these are filled with great gingery taste!

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  6. I need to get some of that gold sanding sugar. What a fun way to add some sparkle for the holidays! We love ginger cookies--and the pepper is another nice twist.

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    1. Hi Liz! Yes, it's great sugar for a sparkle on desserts! The pepper adds a little extra spiciness and is great!

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  7. These golden cookies look absolutely mouthwatering Pam!

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    1. Thanks, Katerina! They're really tasty if you like ginger!

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  8. What a great cookie! These must have terrific flavor. Love the inclusion of black pepper -- we add that to chocolate cookies sometimes, but never thought to do it with ginger. But I will! Really good -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks, John! I like the black pepper too, a little different touch! Take care

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  9. I love these cookies. Chewy and delicious. They are on my Christmas baking list. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Geraldine! They are great for Christmas.

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  10. My husband and I both enjoy ginger cookies and these sound great.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! That's great! Ginger is a distinctive flavor, good!

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  11. I really love a nice strong ginger cookie but with pepepr sounds even better, very coool idea Pam!

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    1. Thanks, Evelyne! Hope you have a great day!

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  12. Ginger adds such a wonderful flavor to almost everything but especially cookies. Yours look fantastic.

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    1. Thanks, Gerlinde! They are a tasty little cookie!

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  13. This is how the cookies of my youth looked..with that Sprinkling of Sugar!

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