Scrumptious Crystallized Ginger Cookies Made With Love

I have a confession to make – I’m an absolute ginger fanatic. And nothing gets me more excited than discovering a new ginger recipe that makes my taste buds sing with joy. So, when my cyber friend Moxie posted her Crystallized Ginger Cookies recipe on Food.com, I knew I had to try it.

These cookies are the ultimate ginger cookie – they’re chewy, spicy, and packed full of zingy crystallized ginger chunks. They’re the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee on a lazy afternoon, or as a little pick-me-up during a busy day.

Not only are these cookies delicious, but they also have a fascinating backstory. Moxie was lucky enough to rescue her beloved cat through an adoption drive that suggested candied ginger as a treat for feline upset tummies. She then went on to develop her Crystallized Ginger Cookies recipe and shared it with the world.

So, if you’re looking for something sweet with a little spice, give this recipe a try. It’s perfect for ginger lovers or anyone looking for the perfect cookie recipe. Let’s dive into the ingredients and get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Moxie's Crystallized Ginger Cookies
Moxie’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies

Listen up, my fellow cookie lovers! If you’re tired of the same old boring cookies, then I have just the thing for you – Moxie’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies. Trust me when I say that you’ll fall head over heels in love with this recipe.

First, let’s talk about the star of the show – crystallized ginger. This sweet and spicy candy adds a burst of flavor to every bite, making these cookies absolutely irresistible. And don’t worry about it being too overpowering – the cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground cloves all work together to create a perfect balance.

But that’s not all! The combination of dark molasses and granulated sugar gives these cookies a chewy texture that will have your taste buds doing backflips. And can we talk about how easy they are to make? With just a handful of simple ingredients like flour, baking soda, and unsalted butter, you can whip up a batch of these delicious cookies in no time.

Plus, what better way to impress your friends and family than by serving up some homemade cookies that are bursting with flavor? You’ll be the talk of the town with these bad boys.

Trust me on this one – once you try Moxie’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies, you won’t be able to go back to your boring old chocolate chips. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and start baking!

Ingredient List

 Warm and indulgent cookies, fresh out of the oven!
Warm and indulgent cookies, fresh out of the oven!

Let’s take a look at the ingredients we’ll need to bake these Moxie’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

Wet Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup dark molasses

Mix-ins:

  • ¾ cup chopped crystallized ginger (candied ginger)

Sugar Coating:

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar

All of these ingredients are easily found at your local grocery store. Make sure to grab some fresh ginger to enhance the flavors of these cookies!

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors in every bite.
The perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors in every bite.

Without further ado, let’s get started with the recipe!

Gather Your Ingredients

Before diving into baking, make sure you have all of the ingredients listed below. Don’t forget to preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C)!

The Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped crystallized ginger or candied ginger

The Dough

  1. To begin, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a bowl. Set aside.

  2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter until it becomes light and fluffy – about two minutes.

  3. Add the sugar to the creamed butter and mix until combined.

  4. Mix in one egg until incorporated into the dough.

  5. Pour in dark molasses and mix until thoroughly combined.

  6. Stir in the dry ingredients mixture gradually until fully blended in.

  7. Fold in restrained blackstrap molasses for extra rich flavor.

  8. Refrigerate for at least one hour before continuing with the rest of the recipe.

Forming Dough Balls

To form dough balls:

  1. Mix sugar coating separately from rest of mixture by combining crystallized sugar with some granulated sugar for an extra sweet texture.

  2. Using a cookie scoop or spoons, form balls of dough that are roughly one inch in diameter.

  3. Roll each ball evenly in the sugar coating mixture until all sides are completely coated.

  4. Place each ball of dough two inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

  5. Press down on each cookie slightly to flatten out the center as it will spread out while baking to give space for uniform moisture distribution throughout each cookie.

Bake Cookies

Finally, let’s bake those molasses fans to perfection:

  1. Bake cookies for eight – ten minutes or until edges start to brown up nicely.

Now that you have directions for making these delicious crystallized ginger cookies, what are you waiting for? Get started on baking them today!

Substitutions and Variations

 Unleash your inner baker and make these delicious cookies!
Unleash your inner baker and make these delicious cookies!

Are you looking to switch things up in your baking game? Look no further than Moxie’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies recipe. This versatile ginger cookie recipe allows for various substitutions and variations that will satisfy any craving.

Firstly, if you can’t find crystallized ginger at your local grocery store, try using candied ginger instead. While the taste and texture may be slightly different, it still adds a delicious kick of ginger flavor to the cookie.

For a gluten-free option, simply swap out the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour blend. This substitution ensures that everyone can enjoy the ultimate ginger cookie recipe regardless of dietary restrictions.

For those who love an extra kick of spice, consider adding fresh ginger to the recipe alongside the ground ginger and cinnamon. The combination of fresh and ground ginger will elevate the spiciness of these cookies.

If you’re feeling particularly creative, why not turn this classic cookie recipe into something entirely new? Try adding in other ingredients such as chopped nuts or chocolate chips for added texture and flavor.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of this recipe – the possibilities are endless! Add your own unique twist to create the perfect customized cookie that satisfies any craving.

Serving and Pairing

 Add some sparkle to your baking routine with these crystallized ginger cookies.
Add some sparkle to your baking routine with these crystallized ginger cookies.

Now that you’ve whipped up a batch of these moxie crystallized ginger cookies, it’s time to enjoy them! These cookies are versatile and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.

First and foremost, these cookies are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. The subtle heat from the crystallized ginger plays off the sweet flavors of the cookie, making for a perfect balance of flavors.

If you’re looking to dress up your cookies for a special occasion, try sandwiching some vanilla ice cream between two cookies for a delectable ice cream sandwich.

For a unique twist on traditional s’mores, swap out the graham crackers for these ginger cookies. The spicy kick elevates the classic campfire treat to new heights.

And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, crumble some of these cookies on top of yogurt or ice cream for an added crunch and burst of flavor.

So go ahead, get creative with your serving and pairing options. These moxie crystallized ginger cookies are delicious no matter how you choose to enjoy them.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Baking these cookies will fill your kitchen with a delightful aroma.
Baking these cookies will fill your kitchen with a delightful aroma.

Now, let’s talk about how to make these crystallized ginger cookies in advance and keep them fresh for longer.

We all know that cookies are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven while they’re still warm and gooey. However, with this recipe, you can prepare the dough ahead of time and freeze it for up to 3 months or refrigerate it for up to 2 days before rolling it into balls and baking them. This is a great option if you’re planning on hosting a cookie exchange, a holiday party or simply want to whip up some homemade treats without having to bake them all at once.

Once baked, these ginger cookies will last for up to two weeks if stored properly in an airtight container at room temperature. To ensure that they stay fresh, it’s important to wait until the cookies have completely cooled down before storing them. Also, place a slice of bread inside the container with your cookies as it helps retain moisture and keeps the baked goods fresh for longer.

If you want to reheat your pre-baked or leftover cookies, pop them in the oven at 300°F for about 5 minutes. When reheated correctly, these ginger cookies will taste just as good as freshly baked ones.

Pro tip: You can also use these cookies as an ingredient in other desserts like cheesecake crusts, ice cream sandwiches or even crumble them over yogurt for a crunchy topping. The possibilities are endless!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Ready to dig into some scrumptious ginger cookies?
Ready to dig into some scrumptious ginger cookies?

Alright, my baking comrades, let’s face it – perfecting the art of baking is no piece of cake. It requires precision, patience, and a willingness to experiment. But fear not, for I’ve got you covered with some top tips to help you get the perfect batch of Moxie’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies every time!

First things first, make sure you use the ingredients listed in the recipe as closely as possible. It may be tempting to switch out an ingredient here or there, but trust me – every single ingredient has a specific function that cannot be easily replicated. Trust in the power of the recipe!

Speaking of ingredients, let me talk about one that can make or break a cookie: butter. Make sure your unsalted butter is at room temperature before creaming it together with your sugar. When the butter and sugar are beaten together properly, they create little pockets of air that will help your cookies rise and become light and fluffy.

Another crucial step is taking the time to properly sift your dry ingredients together before adding them to the wet mixture. This allows everything to be evenly distributed throughout the dough and prevents any unwanted lumps or bumps.

When measuring out your flour, don’t just scoop it out with your measuring cup straight from the bag! This often results in too much flour being packed into the cup, leading to dry and crumbly cookies. Instead, spoon your flour into your measuring cup and level it off with a knife.

Now, let’s talk about everyone’s favorite part – the ginger! Chopped crystallized ginger is an amazing addition to these cookies, providing little bursts of sweet heat in every bite. However, if you prefer less ginger flavor, feel free to chop it up into smaller pieces or even leave it out altogether.

Lastly, be patient when letting your cookies cool on the baking sheet before transferring them over to a wire rack. This allows them to set and firm up without becoming too crispy or falling apart.

By following these tips and tricks, you’re sure to impress all of your guests with a delicious batch of Moxie’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies. Happy baking!

FAQ

I’m sure by now you’re a ginger cookie expert after following my recipe guide, but even the most experienced culinary geniuses have questions from time-to-time. Don’t panic, I’ve got your back. Here are some frequently asked questions answered in detail to guide you through any hiccups and give you a stress-free cookie baking experience. Let’s go!

Can you use crystallized ginger in baking?

Hey there, baking enthusiasts! If you’re a fan of ginger, here’s a great tip for you – chopped crystallized ginger adds an extra zing to a variety of baked goods. Don’t limit yourself to just gingersnaps though, oatmeal cookies, sugar cookies, and even no-bake haystacks can benefit from a dash of ginger. And when it comes to quick breads, muffins, and cakes, gingerbread cake is an obvious choice. But why stop there? Try adding some chopped crystallized ginger to banana bread, zucchini bread, carrot raisin bread, and more for a unique and flavorful twist.

What is the difference between glace ginger and Crystallised ginger?

There seems to be some debate about the difference between candied ginger and crystallized ginger. While some believe that candied ginger is ginger soaked in syrup and dried out, with or without a sugar coating, others argue that it specifically refers to the version stored in syrup. On the other hand, crystallized ginger is agreed upon as ginger coated in sugar and dried out.

What is chopped crystallized ginger?

Candied ginger or crystalized ginger is a tasty treat that consists of ginger root that’s been dried and coated with sugar. This preserved delicacy has a natural blend of sweetness and spiciness and can be cut into small cubes. It’s an excellent ingredient to add a ginger flavor and a bright yellow hue to different dishes, drinks, and desserts.

What are ginger cookies made of?

For this recipe, you will need to gather 2 and 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour, ensuring it is spooned into the measuring cup and then leveled off. Along with that, you will need 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, a scant 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Making sure to have all these ingredients on hand will make the baking process much smoother.

Bottom Line

So there we have it, folks. A delectable recipe for Moxie’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies that is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more. These cookies are jam-packed with the rich and zesty flavors of ginger, molasses, and cinnamon, which come together beautifully to create a cookie that is both indulgent and satisfying.

Whether you’re hosting a party or simply longing for a scrumptious treat, these cookies will not disappoint. What’s more, they’re incredibly versatile, so you can serve them on their own or pair them with tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

So why wait? Get your apron on and start baking these mouth-watering Crystallized Ginger Cookies today. Trust us; your taste buds will thank you forever!

Moxie's Crystallized Ginger Cookies

Moxie’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies Recipe

This was originally posted by my cyber-friend Moxie; I was lucky enough to rescue it during an 'adoption' drive. My suggestion for candied ginger is Evelyn/Athens' #140699 -- absolutely delicious and worthy of a wonderful cookie like this one. Moxie's original intro read: "Candied ginger is one of my favorite things. Before you buy it on the spice aisle, look in the Asian foods section of your supermarket. Usually it is sold in bags there, and is much less expensive. This cookie recipe came from the back of one of those bags of candied ginger -- but I added the sesame oil because I think the nuttiness of it is such a nice complement to the ginger. Prep time includes an hour for the dough to chill."
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Asian, Beans, Brunch, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Iraqi, Middle Eastern, Oven, Weeknight
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 90.4kcal

Ingredients

  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 ounces candied ginger, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Cream butter& sesame oil with molasses sugar and egg.
  • Sift together dry ingredients (except candied ginger) and add to creamed mixture.
  • Blend well.
  • Fold in candied ginger.
  • Chill for one hour.
  • Form into 1-inch balls, roll in granulated sugar.
  • Put cookies about 2 inches apart from each other on a greased baking sheet (or one you have lined with parchment paper).
  • Bake 8-10 minutes.

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Nutrition

Serving: 771g | Calories: 90.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.7g | Protein: 0.9g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 14.5mg | Sodium: 105.8mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 6.9g

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