Ginger Sparkle Cookies

Soft and Spicy and Sparkling With Sugar

Thick cookies with hints of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, that sparkle when rolled in sugar.
Thick cookies with hints of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, that sparkle when rolled in sugar. | Source

Cookies With a Twist

Ginger sparkles are ginger-flavored cookies with a twist. These cookies are rolled in sugar, which adds a bit of zing.

I've never really been a fan of molasses and when I was little, I somehow formed the opinion that molasses was right up there with cod liver oil. There seemed to be a perception that it was "good for you" and as such, I avoided that suspicious-looking brown mixture.

Through the years, I would occasionally try ginger snaps and while I didn't mind the crispy ones broken up and mixed with vanilla ice cream, they still seemed to be lacking something. I kept thinking they needed icing or something else to propel them from plain to pleasing. As a result, other than gingerbread men, I never bothered to make ginger cookies.

I was visiting a friend and she offered me some of her ginger cookies. I declined and told her I didn't really care for cookies made with molasses and that I would pass. She urged me to try her cookies, confidently stating that they were different and I would like them. I bit into the cookies and she was right. They were lovely and soft and spicy. Rather than plain slightly boring cookies, these were wonderful. They didn't taste overmuch like molasses and with grains of sugar crusting them, they were truly delicious. I was hooked and fell in love with the cookies and asked her for the recipe.

With the ginger, cinnamon and cloves, these cookies have lots of flavor and crusted in sugar, they look pretty, too.

Making Ginger Sparkle Cookies

Make sure your butter is room temperature.

  • 3/4 butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (light brown sugar)

Place Butter and Brown Sugar into a Bowl

Brown sugar and butter.
Brown sugar and butter. | Source

Cream Together

Brown sugar and butter creamed.
Brown sugar and butter creamed. | Source

Recipe Tip

Make sure to use a lighter molasses, which gives these cookies a better flavor.

Add Egg & Molasses

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup fancy (or light) molasses

Mix with a wooden spoon.

Cream Together First Four Ingredients

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What Gives These Cookies Their Flavor

Instead of just the standard ginger and molasses, this recipe includes cinnamon and cloves, which makes for a spicier cookie with much better flavor.

Adding Dry Ingredients

  • 2 scant tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 2 cups of flour

Stir until well-blended.

Add Dry Ingredients

Adding flour, spices, and leavening to cookie dough.
Adding flour, spices, and leavening to cookie dough. | Source

Ginger Cookie Dough

Ginger Sparkle cookie cough mixed and ready to make into balls.
Ginger Sparkle cookie cough mixed and ready to make into balls. | Source

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients until well-blended.
  2. Roll cookie dough into small balls.
  3. Add white sugar to a bowl and roll balls in sugar.
  4. Place balls on cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a fork.

Rolling Cookies in Sugar

Image: Rolling Cookies in Sugar
Image: Rolling Cookies in Sugar | Source

Mm-Mm Good

Satisfying, soft, and the sugar coating makes them truly special.

Which Sugar to Use?

You can use regular sugar to roll your cookie dough balls in but it would be neat to try dusting these cookies with the larger sugar crystals. This type of sugar is known as:

  • Decorating sugar
  • Course sugar
  • Sanding sugar

You'll be Hard-Pressed to Resist Popping a Couple of These into Your Mouth

Ginger cookies on baking sheet ready for the oven.
Ginger cookies on baking sheet ready for the oven. | Source

Baking Tip

Double-pan to prevent burned bottoms.

Baking Cookies

Bake in a 325 degree oven 10-30 minutes. Reduce heat towards end of cooking time.

These cookies bake up thick and soft.

Baked Ginger Sparkle Cookies

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A Christmas Treat

Ginger Sparkles are particularly nice to make around Christmastime. The ginger flavor fits perfectly well with the Season.

Baked ginger cookies on plate.
Baked ginger cookies on plate. | Source

Have You Ever Rolled Ginger Cookies in Sugar?

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Want a Bite?

Baked ginger cookies sparkle with a sugar coating.
Baked ginger cookies sparkle with a sugar coating. | Source

Do You Like Ginger Cookies?

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Close-up of ginger cookies.
Close-up of ginger cookies. | Source

Now Enjoy

This recipe is a definite keeper. Make a batch and sink your teeth into these delicious cookies.

* Copyright, Athlyn Green (M. Rhodes). No part of this article may be copied in whole or in part without author's permission.

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