Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld, a hypnotherapist and writer, started improving the nutritional profile of a friend's mother's ginger cookie recipe by substituting whole-wheat pastry flour for all-purpose flour and canola oil for shortening. “Experiment with these cookies,” she advises, “as they taste great either slightly underdone or crispy.” She calls them “the quickest cookies you'll ever bake.”

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

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  • Mix oil and 1 cup sugar in a large bowl until combined. Beat in egg until combined. Stir in molasses until evenly incorporated. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt over the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.

  • Put the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and roll each ball in the sugar before placing 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Do not flatten.

  • Bake the cookies until set, but still soft when gently touched, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Tip: Turbinado sugar is steam-cleaned raw cane sugar. It's coarse-grained and light brown in color, with a slight molasses flavor. The coarse texture adds great crunch when used in baking. Find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.

Storage smarts: To extend the life of your baked goods, store them in an airtight container in a single layer or between layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Nutrition Facts

103.2 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 14.8g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 0.8g 3% DV; sugars 9.5g; fat 4.7g 7% DV; saturated fat 0.4g 2% DV; cholesterol 5.5mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 8.2IU; vitamin cmg; folate 0.7mcg; calcium 6.7mg 1% DV; iron 0.2mg 1% DV; magnesium 6.1mg 2% DV; potassium 37.8mg 1% DV; sodium 93.4mg 4% DV; thiaminmg; added sugar 9g.

Reviews (24)

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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
09/26/2014
skip the oil and use butter... I have been a pastry chef for 20 years and when it comes to making cookies oil does not have the creamy texture of butter. Also add more spice.. dont be afraid to experiment. Then when you have the perfect recipe mix all the dry ingredients (except the sugar) into a mason jar attach a card with the complete instructions. Perfect for when you are in a rush or great gifts! Pros: yummy i like them soft. Cons: the recipe with oil tasted...oily. nothing beats butter Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2014
Chewy triple ginger with a sweet sugar crunch These came out beautiful and tasted wonderful. I added 1 1/2 Tbsp of fresh ginger to the wet ingredients and a 3 oz package of crystalized ginger at the end. I also increased the dried ginger to 1 Tbsp and added a tsp of freshly ground clove and cinnamon. I love sweet and spicey together and these were gooood! Love the sugar coating reminded me of making cookies with my Mom. And I used organic cane sugar but will try Turbinado sugar next time. Pros: Easy delicious and worth the calories! Cons: They disappear too fast. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2012
yum! This recipe is easy and quite good. I might not roll them in sugar next time to see if it is a little less sweet or maybe cut back just a little on the sugar in the recipe. They took exactly 10 minutes in the oven. I am going to let them sit overnight and see if the sweetness recedes a bit and the spices come more alive. I also added a healthy grating of nutmeg to the batter. Will make them again. Pros: Fast and easy to make. No butter. Cons: a little too sweet Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2012
I used half four half rolled oats and I used a bit less sugar. Tastes really good! I might put a little bit less oil in though:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2012
Delicious awesome cookies We only used 3/4 c sugar: 1/4c white sugar 1/4 c brown sugar 1/4 c maple syrup. We skipped the sugar coating and they're still yummy and sweet Pros: soft and crunchy at the same time these were easy for a 9 year old to make. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2011
Great cookies but only sometimes The first time I made these cookies it was amazing. But the last few times have been inconsistent and the cookies came out chewy and not that flavorful instead of crunchy. I'm not sure whether its the recipe or my baking. Pros: doesn't contain butter Cons: inconsistent results Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These cookies are fabulous! I have been looking for THE ginger cookie for us and now I have it! Yes! Unbelievably good! Thanks! (I was out of Turbinado so used reg. sugar) Anonymous Tillamook Or Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is by far the best cookie around. Has replaced my ginger cookie. Fast easy and delicious - can't get better than that. Mowgli VT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These cookies are amazing and I have made them many times once using barley malt in place of molasses. It gives it a toastier flavour that is quite lovely on the palate. Also I use regular sugar and it works just fine. Kira Berkeley CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Easy to make. Used regular white whole wheat flour. I added fresh ground ginger into the "wet" ingredients... in addition to the powdered ginger. Very "snappy" and delicious. Jean Albany NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These are some of the easiest but more importantly the best cookies I have ever made. Everyone that has tried them has asked for the recipe! Juanita Austin TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These cookies are delicious. The dough was a little sticky for rolling into balls but a few minutes in the fridge helped. Yum! Tina West Chester PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These cookies were spectacular! Easy to make (and I've made them with regular white sugar too) and delicious. They got raves from my guests too. Cook from New Jersey West Milford NJ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
UNBELIEVABLE!!!! defiantly wasnt expecting such good cookies for how healthy they were.. chewy.. sweet.. delicious. wow. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great recipe! I was apprehensive at first but these are delicious. I followed the recipe exactly and also refrigerated the dough before rolling. I will be making these again soon. Julie Clinton WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The cookies are good but I thought they were a little bit too sweet for my taste. I guess I also did not roll the balls as small as I should because my cookies did not flatten completely like the ones in the picture. I'll try them again with a little bit less sugar or maybe not roll them in sugar before baking.. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
i agree these are delicious! but does everyone really get 34 cookies out of this??! i definitely don't and i don't even make huge cookies... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
mmm! I just made these and they're soo yummy! I followed the recipe exactly. Only difference was they didn't flatten out like the ones in the picture. But still delish _ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Since baking these cookies for the first time two weeks ago I have baked a new batch just a few days ago. My family enjoyed alot and were amazed that they were relatively healthy. I added dried cranberries to one batch and rolled dough balls in demerara cane sugar which baked them in to yummy crispy cookies. I expect to bake this recipe regularly throughout the year. Mary in Virginia Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
So tasty...healthy ingredients! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These cookies are delicious. They are perfect to serve with tea or coffee. They are moist inside with a crunch of turbinado sugar on the outside. These are a big hit with my family. This is a new favorite for us. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This cookie is now a favorite for my picky family. Delicious & fairly healthy. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Super fast and easy These are really good. Very easy and fast to make. Its a really good thing these are lower in calories than a traditional recipe because I just ate 7 of them. "YIKES!" Pros: Tasty easy fast healthy Cons: Hard to resist Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great! The cookie that came out of the oven was SOOO... much more than I expected when putting the little soft oily balls in the oven. Besides a fantastic taste they look like fancy coffee shop cookies! Pros: A delicious and healthful cookie Cons: None Read More