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Soft Ginger Cookies (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Felicia Lim
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 15 large cookies 1x



Soft, gluten-free ginger cookies will warm you up with a mix of spices. And a fresh batch can be made in just under 45 minutes.


  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the egg and the blackstrap molasses and beat on high speed until completely combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt together to combine.
  4. Sift the flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients, and mix at low speed until a uniform dough forms, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Place the dough uncovered in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to chill and stiffen slightly.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Place about 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside.
  7. Roll or scoop the chilled dough into small balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Roll the balls around in the granulated sugar to coat evenly and completely. Place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each portion.
  8. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned and puffy.
  9. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Immediately and carefully transfer the cookies from the parchment paper to a cooling rack. Enjoy while warm, or cool completely before storing in airtight containers.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: gluten free, ginger, cookies