Soft-style and super thick gingersnap molasses cookies. Enjoy them with chocolate chips, white chocolate, or butterscotch. Or simply plain – my favorite way.
- 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 and 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp; 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup (150g) packed dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup (80ml) unsulphured or dark molasses (I prefer Grandma’s brand; do not use blackstrap)
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- for rolling: 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar
- optional: 1 cup (180g) butterscotch chips or white chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand or handheld mixer, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Add the brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides as needed. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla. Beat well, scraping down the sides as needed again.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet on low speed. Do not overmix. Cover mixed dough with foil and chill for 2 hours or up to 3-4 days. I chilled mine overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the edges are just turning brown—cookies will be puffy and still appear soft in the middle. Remove from the oven and, if using any variety of flavor chip, immediately press 5-7 chips into the center of each cookie.
- Allow to cool on the baking sheet for two minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
- Freezing Instructions: Cookies may be frozen up to 3 months. Rolled cookie dough balls (after the cookie dough has been chilled in step 2) may be frozen up to 3 months. Do not thaw, simply bake for 1-2 minutes longer.
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