This might be the best cookie I’ve ever sunk my teeth into.  I tried it for the first time at my son’s nursery school (it’s a teacher favorite there) and have been addicted ever since.  These cookies have a wonderful chewy, yet crispy texture and the strong flavors of ginger, cinnamon and molasses make it a great winter treat.  This is a perfect holiday cookie.

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Recipe from “Teacher Jinny”; published in Woman’s Day Magazine 12/25/90 issue and adapted from Country Tastes by Beatrice Ojakangas.  

Ginger Crinkles

Makes 40 cookies.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light or dark molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup granulated sugar


Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.

Beat butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer until pale.  Beat in molasses and egg (mixture will look curdled).

Gradually beat in flour mixture until blended.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Have cookie sheets ready.

Put granulated sugar into a small bowl.  Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into 1 1/4 inch balls.  Roll in sugar to coat.  Place 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until tops crack but cookies are still soft to the touch.  Remove to wire rack and cool completely.  Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.