Forget cookies that snap! These Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies are the cookies that dreams are made of. The melt in your mouth texture is absolute perfection, while rolling them in sugar prior to baking gives them their specialty sparkle.
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When my husband’s parents come to visit, his mom is always bearing cookies. All of us have our favorites. Andy’s favorite are her chocolate chip cookies which are stored in the freezer and he enjoys as an addition to breakfast on the drive to the hospital each morning. The menagerie loves the sugar cookies she makes and frosts for a variety of holidays. My favorite though? Hands down, without a doubt, are these Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies.
The recipe for these cookies was included in a cookbook that Andy’s mom and sister made for me when we got married. It includes page upon page of favorites from family and friends. The credit for this recipe was given to Andy’s grandmother who now is affectionately known as Grandma Bunny to my children as she gave our oldest several stuffed bunnies when she was younger. Shockingly, in the 12 and a half years that we’ve been married, I’ve never made these cookies myself. Likely because my mother-in-law brings them frequently enough that I never needed to! (Yes, I’m spoiled.)
But last weekend, while we were watching the Mizzou game, I needed to evacuate the living room as things started to get ugly. So I headed to the kitchen and whipped up a double batch of these cookies. (A much better option than watching the game and my husband’s mood head south.) The key to keeping these ginger cookies soft and chewy? Baking them just until set and no longer. Extra minutes in the oven makes them more gingersnap like. That’s fine and all if that’s your goal, but I prefer the melt in your mouth texture of these softer cookies.
Want to put a bit of holiday flair on your ginger cookies? Roll them in colored sugar, instead of white, before baking. A simple switch that immediately makes these Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies even more festive! Or if you really want to go all out, these cookies are also the base of my Ginger Cookie Sandwiches with Christmas Ale Buttercream. You could even make a holiday cookie platter for friends and neighbors and include my Mocha Peppermint Crunch Cookies and Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies. All of my favorites!