Frosted Ginger Cookies

Frosted Ginger Cookies recipe

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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Cooling Time: 15 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
118 Calories
7g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 118
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 25mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These frosted ginger cookies are so easy and good and bring back memories of simpler times. You can leave the frosting off if you'd like, but it helps tempers the spices and adds a nice texture to the cookies. These are soft cookies and chewy, too.

To make the best cookies, make sure that you always measure the ingredients carefully, especially flour. Too often, cookies are dry or hard because they contain too much flour.


  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon crystallized ginger (very finely chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

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  3. Add the vanilla, orange juice, molasses, crystallized ginger, and egg and beat well using a spoon or an electric mixer.

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  4. Sift together the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, ground cloves, and salt and mix well.

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  5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Beat until combined, but do not over beat.

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  6. Cover the dough and chill it for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

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  7. When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 F.

  8. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, place them 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets, and flatten with the bottom of a glass.

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  9. Bake the cookies for 9 to 12 minutes or until they are set and golden brown.

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  10. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 3 minutes, then carefully remove them with a spatula to wire racks to cool completely.

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  11. If desired, frost with Buttercream Frosting and let stand until frosting is firm. If you frost the cookies, it's better that they aren't put into a cookie jar. 

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  12. Serve and enjoy!


  • Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature to keep them soft. If you do want to put them into a cookie jar, put the cookies into a sealed baggie or food-safe plastic bag first. These cookies also freeze very well; just thaw them at room temperature.