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Ginger Moon Cookies

Updated on February 10, 2015
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Elyn lived in China with her family for the last 30 years, soaking up the history and culture, having fun, and making many friends.

Ginger Moon Cookies

They are pale and look like the moon with its craters and valleys. But underneath the quiet exterior there is a snappy ginger cookie, warming and fragrant. These would be good to eat with some hot tea gazing at the moon on a cool night.

Having no oil or butter is a plus, and incorporating a touch of molasses gives the cookies the rich flavor of gingerbread or ginger snaps, without the extra calories of oil or butter. These cookies settle into your stomach well, because the healing qualities of ginger will work its magic on your digestive system, calming and quieting your stomach. They are especially good for anyone suffering from nausea for any reason, including pregnancy, and quiet monthly cramps in women.

Ginger Moon Cookies fresh ginger root
Ginger Moon Cookies fresh ginger root

Preparing the wet ingredients.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 2 hours 45 min
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: hard to say - it depends on how hungry everyone is!


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon dark molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons of candied ginger
  • chopped finely
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger
  • grated into juice
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Ginger Moon Cookies - step one - Beating the eggs and sugar, then adding the ginger and molasses

Ginger Moon Cookie dough
Ginger Moon Cookie dough

When you beat the eggs and sugar, you will need to beat them for quite a long time until the color changes to a pale color and the batter is quite fluffy. Then add the molasses.

Graters for fresh Ginger - It's so much easier to grate it than mince it...

Kuchenprofi Stainless Steel Ginger Grater/Press
Kuchenprofi Stainless Steel Ginger Grater/Press

This one is deluxe. You get a grater and a "squeezer"

Ginger Moon Cookie rolling
Ginger Moon Cookie rolling

Ginger Moon Cookies, Preparing the Dry ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Once your eggs and sugar mixture is ready, you can add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir well.
  2. Put the dough into the refrigerator to chill for 2-3 hours or overnight. When you are ready to bake them, preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
  3. Prepare the powdered sugar:
  4. Mix together
  5. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  7. in a bowl,
  8. Spoon out a tablespoon of dough and roll it in your hands to make it round (like the moon). Drop it in the powdered sugar-ginger powder mix to coat it and put on baking paper or a greased cookie sheet. They do not expand much.
  9. Cook at 350 degrees F (180 C) for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a rack. These cookies keep fairly well.
Ginger Moon Cookies ginger root
Ginger Moon Cookies ginger root

There are three forms of ginger in this cookie

Grated fresh ginger

Candied ginger

Ginger powder

Not sure how much you like ginger?

The different kinds of ginger each add a unique aroma and flavor to the cookies, although they are all ginger. Ginger powder is good for people who don't like fresh or candied ginger. If you have someone like this in your house, you can just add another 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder and leave out the other two.

If you have someone who loves candied ginger at your house, you can definitely add more, and you might want to chop it a little less finely.

If you have someone who loves the spice of ginger, you could add 2 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger instead of 1. But you might want to cut back a little on the candied ginger.

A poem to recite while eating your cookies

The Moon's the North Wind's Cookie by Vachel Lindsay

The Moon's the North Wind's cookie.

He bites it, day by day,

Until there's but a rim of scraps

That crumble all away.

The South Wind is a baker.

He kneads clouds in his den,

And bakes a crisp new moon that . . . greedy

North . . . Wind . . . eats . . . again!

Ginger powder is so easy to use

I love to use good quality ginger powder in recipes for dark green leafy veggies like swiss chard and kale. Add a little ginger powder and a pinch or two of sugar. The result will get you many compliments. I also like to use candied ginger in various dishes - add some to your beef marinade. Or just eat the candied ginger by itself. It is good for your stomach.

Any comments about ginger cookies? - If you had a plate of Ginger Moon Cookies, would you have tea?

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      5 years ago

      I adore ginger and these cookies look so delicious! I see that you grate the ginger with it's skin on - I had learnt to peel it - much less waste if leaving the peel on!

    • AshleyCarew1 profile image


      5 years ago

      wow, these look fantastic!

    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 

      6 years ago from GRENADA

      They are just above chocolate chip cookies. I love ginger in general.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Love 'em. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

    • OrganicMom247 profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you for the recipe. Yes, I think it will be perfect with a hot tea.

    • OrganicMom247 profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you for the recipe. Yes, I think it will be perfect with a hot tea.

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      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      I love ginger, but I've never actually made ginger cookies. These sound good, especially with the three different types of ginger. Bookmarked!

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      6 years ago

      What a delicious lens, so yummy it makes my mouth water. Nice job and very well done.

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      6 years ago

      Your Ginger Moon cookies have to be amazing with fresh, candied and powdered ginger for a taste sensation....and they are so cute! I've been hearing more about the health benefits of ginger lately...what a wonderful way to get it!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'm not fond of ginger cookies but will pass this recipe on to my daughter .. she loves them! Thank you!

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      6 years ago

      Three kinds of ginger? These are my kind of cookies!

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      6 years ago

      I've been looking for a good recipe for these cookies for a while. I'm so happy I came upon your lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I would definitely have them with tea! Very nice article and recipe. :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      These sound spicy good! Very nice lens.

    • delia-delia profile image


      6 years ago

      I love Crystallized Ginger and these cookies look delicious.

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      6 years ago

      I've developed more of an appreciation for the taste of ginger lately, as I drink a lot of Ginger Ale ... so these sound marvelous!

    • lclchors profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the flavor of ginger and these sound great.

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      6 years ago

      Yum yum yum!!!

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      SophiaStar LM 

      6 years ago

      These look delicious and I love how you include the poem and the moon into it all.

    • Brandi Bush profile image


      6 years ago from Maryland

      I love ginger...these look delicious! :)

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      6 years ago

      They look really lovely and so simple

    • duslan profile image


      6 years ago

      I like the poem and books about ginger, very nice touches. These would be great to make with kids and then teach them about the moon!


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