Giant Ginger Cookies

I’m super lucky to have Ben.  He’s a wonderful husband, loving father, a handy man, our accountant, deep cleaner, and our in-house baker.  Yep, he can do almost anything.  Which sometimes makes me jealous, but then I remember I benefit from his awesomeness.

And today, you get to benefit from his awesomeness, too.  After posting a picture of his ginger cookies (that’s what she said) I asked if I could share.  Ben said yes, so here it is.


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

4 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup applesauce

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup molasses

3/4 cup sugar, for dipping

Optional:  1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1.  In a medium bowl, stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.

2.  In a large bowl, beat butter on low-speed for 30 seconds.  Add sugar and beat until combined.  Beat in eggs and molasses until combined.  Beat in as much of the flour mixture as possible, then stir in any remaining flour.

3.  Shape into 2 inch dough balls.  Roll in sugar.  Bonus points if you have large sugar crystals.

4.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, smooshing balls to about half height.

5.  Bake at 350 degrees for 11 to 14 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned and tops start to crack.  Do not overbake.  Cool on the cookie sheet a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Store the cookies in an air tight container.  If you don’t scarf the cookies down right away and they start to dry out, add a slice of bread to the container to keep moist.

I’m not even a big fan of ginger, but these cookies are excellent.  And the epitome of fall,  in my opinion.

What’s your favorite type of cookie?  Do you prefer something with chocolate?  Nuts?  Fruit or oatmeal?  Spill!

24 thoughts on “Giant Ginger Cookies

  1. What!! OK, I’m going to admit I’ve been jealous of you with your handyman Ben for quite a while but this clinches it. I think we need to clone Ben! I am so making those cookies!

  2. See?? I knew that we need to get together. Now it’s to unite our baking-loving husbands. Paul bakes, too! He does gooey cookies, coffee cakes, rolls, and more. There is nothing sexier than your man in the kitchen cooking up some fattening snacks!

    I love mississippi mud cookies, chocolate chip, and pumpkin cookies. Anything pumpkin wins as favorite in my book! We need to do a cookie exchange! We can make the men bake, then package them up all pretty to send out, and then just binge on cookie goodness. Oh, now I am craving something sweet…

    1. Hi Stephanie!

      So true. Baking loving husbands around the world…UNITE! Love the idea of a cookie swap. And cookies in general. Yum.


    1. Hey Emily!

      Ha, actually he does. 5 to be exact, but they’re all married. 😦 for you, 🙂 for them.


  3. These look amazing! I’m so going to try them! Also, in my book there is no such thing as a bad cookie so I like, eat, try, and bake all kinds. I have a couple pretty cook recipes on my blog now (check out my food page) and I am teaming up with a charity soon and sharing new recipes there.

  4. Amanda, these look amazing!! Had to laugh over your comment about being jealous, but then realizing you benefit from his awesomeness 🙂 He benefits from yours, too 🙂
    I’ll have to give these a try – I love that they include whole-wheat flour!

    1. Hi Sarah!

      They really are fantastic. I hope Ben benefits from my (alleged) awesomeness. It only seems fair. 🙂


    1. Hey Jessica,

      If you bake for 11 to 14 minutes, they’ll be chewy. Any longer and they’ll crisp up.


  5. Ummm…. this post is TORTURE to a pregnant lady. Thanks, Amanda! lol Just reading the title was enough to make up my mind to make these tonight. hahaha… the pictures sealed the deal. Love to you all! Mal

    1. Hey Mal!

      Sorry that I’m forcing you to bake delicious cookies tonight. 😉 You know the family will thank you for it. 🙂 They really are tasty, so give it a shot.

      Love you!

  6. Thanks! I’m so dumb…when I commented on Facebook I was clearly not paying attention because I saw the food picture and ‘our’ and my brain just assumed it was ‘our best bites’ which is why I was talking about recipes on a blog, cookbooks, etc…one of the two writers for that is in the process of building a house, so I thought they were referring to that house. You were probably wondering how I didn’t know you were in your house when I comment on it all the time…i’m going tso lame it on having just delivereas any three (and a chunk of my brain, clearly :)) so excited to try this recipe!

  7. These are my favorite fall cookie. I have always made my husband’s grandma’s ginger snaps recipe, but these look so good I may have to compare. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for sharing the ginger cookies recipe – they look absolutely fantastic! Can’t wait to try them. I think Reid would like to help mix all the ingredients together. 🙂

  9. Maybe I am reading too fast, but how much salt is needed and when do I put the applesauce in? I’ll just winging for now. Can’t wait to try these!

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