Ginger Sparkle Cookies

Rich and Soft and Sparkling With Sugar


Ginger 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."

Through the years, I would occasionally try ginger snaps and while I didn't mind the crispy ones, they still seemed to be lacking something.

I was visiting a friend and bit into these spicy cookies that didn't taste overmuch like molasses and with the "sparkle" and suddenly, I fell in love with ginger cookies! These soft, flavorful cookies were downright delicious.

Making Ginger Sparkle Cookies

Make sure your butter is room temperature.

  • 3/4 butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Place Butter and Brown Sugar into a Bowl


Cream Together


Recipe Tip

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

Add Egg & Molasses

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

Mix with a wooden spoon.

Cream Together First Four Ingredients


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 Flour and Spices

Image: Adding Flour, Spices, and Leavening to Ginger Cookie Dough
Image: Adding Flour, Spices, and Leavening to Ginger Cookie Dough | Source

Ginger Cookie Dough

Image: Ginger Sparkle Cookie Dough Mixed and Ready to Make into Balls.
Image: Ginger Sparkle Cookie Dough Mixed and Ready to Make into Balls. | Source

Mm-Mm Good ...

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


  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

I like to roll these into balls and then flatten them with a fork. They cook up thick and soft.

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

Cookies on Baking Sheet. You'll be Hard-Pressed to Resist Popping a Couple of These into Your Mouth


Baking Tip

Prevent burned bottoms by double-panning.

I'll bet that even Chester the Cat would like these cookies. He certainly would make a cute container to store them in. He is on my "wish list."

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

Viola! Baked Ginger Sparkle Cookies


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Now Enjoy!

Now sink your teeth into these soft, spicy 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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