Ginger & Spice Crackles


These soft and moist cookies are spiked with ginger, cinnamon and a hint of clove and they crackle on top when they bake. Rolling them in powdered sugar gives them a lightly sweet coating on the outside that looks like a dusting of fresh fallen snow.

Ginger & Spice Crackles
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white whole-wheat flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons molasses

  • cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  2. Beat brown sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until well combined. Beat in egg and molasses. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Form the dough into a disk, about 1 inch thick, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 large rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.

  4. Place confectioners' sugar in a shallow dish. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls (a generous 1 Tbsp. each), then roll in the confectioners' sugar to coat liberally. Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until the cookies crackle on top, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.


To make ahead: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

69 Calories
2g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Serving Size 1 cookie
Calories 69
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 56mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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