Homemade Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies

Melt in your mouth texture and the subtle spice of delicious ginger and molasses makes these cookies a definite holiday treat.

Ginger Snap Cookies that are healthy!

Coconut Oil vs. Butter in Cookies

There has been a debate for years about which oils are the best, which provide the most health benefits, which will save your heart and arteries.  When it comes to baking, certain types of fat just make a better product.  So the great debate in the food world – what type of fat should you use??  If basing your decision purely on taste and texture preferences, here are some differences of using coconut.

  1. Coconut oil is 100% fat vs butter that has about 16% water.  If there is less moisture, then you get a crispier cookie.
  2. Coconut oil has a distinct coconut flavor – it isn’t super strong especially considering the other ingredients in your baked good, but you may taste a hint of coconut.
  3. You should use room temperature ingredients because coconut oil will ‘seize’ up if you use other cool ingredients.
Ginger Snap Cookies, this recipe is my favorite!

Christmas Traditions in the Kitchen

Are there foods that you make every year?  Those recipes that were passed down from your Grandma and you make them with your kids now.  If you don’t have many of those types of recipes, this one is a great place to start!  The smell of ginger and other delicious spices baking in your kitchen will make your home smell like Christmas and is something your kids will look forward to every year! This recipe is fun for your kids, because they can help roll the balls of dough and roll them in sparkly sugar.

Healthier Ginger Snap Cookies

 

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 Whole Wheat vs White Flour in Cookies

Whole wheat definitely has white flour beat in the nutrition department.  But what does it do to your baked goods?  Whole-wheat flour makes your baked goods denser and a lot heavier than those made with just all-purpose flour. You can start by substituting some whole-wheat flour for all-purpose flour, but no more than 25 percent of the total amount unless you’re willing to really sacrifice the texture of your baked goods. Unlike white flour, whole-wheat flour contains wheat bran. The bran cuts through the gluten and detracts from the airy texture of the cake or the flaky texture of the pastry.

A few tips when using wheat flour in your baked goods:

  • You can replace white flour with whole-wheat flour cup for cup. For every cup you exchange, add five teaspoons of water.
  • If you are making bread with 100 percent whole-wheat flour, add two teaspoons of vital wheat gluten per cup to create a stronger structure and higher rise. For each teaspoon of wheat gluten you use, add another one and a quarter teaspoons of water.
  • If using 100 percent whole-wheat flour, allow the dough to rise in volume by just one and a half times, as opposed to the typical two times.
  • Bread is a great baked good to replace white flour with wheat.
Ginger Snap Cookies for Christmas Making Ginger Snap Cookies for Christmas

The Perfect Christmas Cookie

These cookies are amazingly soft, chewy and have the perfect amount of ginger for a totally delicious bite every time.  Making a few healthier swaps to this recipe are a great way to bump up the nutrition, but still have a sweet treat!  We hope you enjoy these cookies with your family this holiday season!

Homemade Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies

 

Ginger Snap Cookies

Homemade Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies
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Serves: 24
Serving Size = 1 cookie
Prep Time: 5 m
Cook Time: 10 m

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup – coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup packed – brown sugar
  • 1 large – egg
  • 1/4 cup – molasses
  • 1 cup – flour, whole wheat
  • 1 cup – flour, all-purpose
  • 2 teaspoon – baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon – cloves, ground
  • 0.24 teaspoon – salt
  • 2 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon – ginger root, fresh
  • 2 tablespoon – sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except granulated sugar) and make small dough balls about the size of a golfball.  Roll in granulated sugar and place on baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 138 7%
  • Fat: 7 g 11%
  • Carb: 18 g 6%
  • Fiber: 0 g 0%
  • Protein: 1 g 2%
  • Sugar: 10 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(17)
Zahra says:

Hey Amy I wanted to know if I could substitute molasses with honey? since it’s not easily available in the place where I stay

It will change the flavor a bit, and not really taste like a ginger cookie.

Amy says:

I think it would work if you added a little extra flour to make them easier to handle. Let me know if you try it!

Heidi says:

Could these be used to make cutout cookies like gingerbread?

RedCabus says:

Cloves like totally didn’t do it for us but sprinkling powdered sugar so topped it off for perfectionnn!!!! #yumyumyum

Tasha says:

Oh my gosh. I just made a batch of these, and I’m sitting here eating them fresh out of the oven. Absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for the recipe!

Amy says:

Soft and chewy!

Leigh says:

Are these crunchy or soft and chewy?

Amy says:

Hi Rebekah! I don’t have the calories, but if you wanted to analyze the recipe, you can do it on nutritiondata.com!

Thanks
Amy

Rebekah says:

Do you know how many calories these are? Like per 100 g or serving?

Vennesa says:

These are yummy. I’ve made a similar recipe with the addition of chocolate chips. My pickiest eater says they are his favorite cookies. I think I’ll make these for his birthday next week.

Amy says:

Thanks Brian! Great reference.

Brian says:

The peer-reviewed research for coconut oil is abundant and has been around for years: http://coconutoil.com/

Amy says:

You should try some and let me know how they turn out!
Here’s one http://glutenfreegirl.com/a-return-to-baking/
Better yet… start another blog… “Mother to a Gluten Free teen!” LOL

Mindy says:

These look beautiful! My daughter’s favorite but now need a gluten-free version 🙁

Amy says:

No, but a quick google search got me right there! Those do look delicious, and I’ve always wanted to try crystallized ginger, but never have!

Beth says:

Have you ever read the 101Cookbooks blog? Her triple ginger cookies are amazing!

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