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Maple Ginger Cookies

Maple Ginger Cookies add a maple twist to ginger cookies. These thin spiced cookies are soft and chewy, with a little crunch on the outside. Delicious!

stack of Maple Ginger Cookies with more cookies surrounding it and a light blue-green mug

Chewy Maple Ginger Cookies

As much as I enjoy traditional ginger cookies, I don’t often have molasses on hand for making them. It occurred to me that perhaps the molasses isn’t necessary to get a ginger-flavored cookie that’s every bit as good in its own way.

That brings us to these Maple Ginger Cookies. They’re made with maple syrup, which adds both sweetness and a lovely flavor. Plus, they’re made with brown sugar to add a bit of molasses flavor. These amazingly delicious cookies also have a wonderful texture. They’re a little crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and nicely chewy.

Don’t judge these cookies by their unremarkable looks. These are so very good and so perfect for a holiday cookie. In fact, they’re just the kind of cookie you’ll want to make a perennial holiday must-bake!

overhead view of ingredients for Maple Ginger Cookies

What You’ll Need

You’ll only need a short list of ingredients to make these Maple Ginger Cookies!

  • All-purpose flour – Measure by weight for best results. Otherwise, use the spoon and sweep method.
  • Baking soda – Not sure if your baking soda is still good? It’s easy to test it!
  • Ground ginger – Take a whiff of yours to make sure it’s fresh for the best ginger flavor.
  • Ground cinnamon – Check your cinnamon for freshness, too.
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter – Melt the butter and allow it cool slightly before mixing.
  • Brown sugar – I most often use light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar should work, too. You’ll get more of the molasses flavor from dark brown sugar.
  • Egg – Set out the egg when you begin baking to allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Maple syrup – Use a good quality maple syrup that you like. Don’t confuse pancake syrup for maple syrup.
  • Turbinado sugar – This is a coarse, unrefined sugar. A little sprinkle of it on top of the cookies before baking adds a little sparkle and a bite of sweetness. I like turbinado sugar here for its brown color, but any coarse sugar will work.
overhead view of a pile of Maple Ginger Cookies on a white surface

How to Make Maple Ginger Cookies

These cookies mix easily without any extra fuss. You’ll need a couple of mixing bowls, a hand or stand mixer, and your trusty baking sheets. If you’ve got a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, get that out, too, to make baking these cookies even simpler and quicker.

Combine the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt..

Combine the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the cooled butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until thoroughly combined. Add the egg and maple syrup, and mix well.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. With the mixer speed on low, gradually add the flour mixture, and mix just until combined.

Chill the dough. Cover and refrigerate the cookie dough for 1 hour. You can chill longer, but you may need to let the dough sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes until it’s more easily scooped.

Prepare for baking. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Portion the dough. Using about a tablespoonful of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls. I use a #50 scoop to portion and then roll between my palms to form a ball. Place the cookies on the prepared pans, leaving about 2 inches between them. Flatten the top of each cookie slightly. If you like, sprinkle the top of each cookie with turbinado sugar.

Bake. Bake the cookies, one pan at a time, for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown and appear set.

Cool the cookies. Place the pans on wire racks and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

Maple Ginger Cookies on a white plate with more cookies on a wire rack in the background

Tips for Success

  • Make sure your spices are fresh. Ground spices lose their flavor over time. If yours have been in the pantry for a while, it may be time to get new ones.
  • Use a good quality maple syrup. Remember that the darker the syrup, the stronger the flavor.
  • Use a cookie scoop. Your cookies will not only all be the same size, but they’ll also bake more evenly because of that. After scooping, roll the dough between your palms to form balls of dough.
overhead view of Maple Ginger Cookies on a white plate with more cookies scattered around

How to Store These Cookies

After cooling the cookies completely, place the cookies in an airtight container. They should keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.

How to Freeze Maple Ginger Cookies

To freeze the baked cookies, wrap the cooled cookies in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer-safe bag or container. Stored properly, they should keep in the freezer up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours.

To freeze the unbaked cookies, place the scooped and shaped cookies in a single layer on a lined rimmed baking sheet. Freeze until solid (at least 2 hours but no more than 6); then place the frozen dough balls in a freezer-safe bag or container. Stored properly, the dough should keep in the freezer up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, there’s no need to thaw before baking. You’ll likely need to add an extra minute or two to the baking time.

Maple Ginger Cookies piled on a white plate with more cookies and a blue-green mug

Maple Ginger Cookies

Yield about 36 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Maple Ginger Cookies are soft, chewy cookies with wonderful flavor!

stack of Maple Ginger Cookies with more cookies surrounding it and a light blue-green mug

Ingredients

  • 2 & 1/4 cups (270g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup (200g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (59ml) maple syrup
  • turbinado sugar, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cooled butter and brown sugar until thoroughly combined. Add the egg and maple syrup, and mix well.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
  4. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  6. Using a tablespoonful of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared pans. Flatten the tops of each cookie slightly. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar if you like.
  7. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Cool on the pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    2 Comments on “Maple Ginger Cookies”

  1. Jennifer: tried this recipe this week and I’m now on batch #3 due to an overwhelming response to your cookies. The most frequent response was “wow! can I get the recipe?”. So I’m sending folks to your website where they will find lots of other delicious recipes. BTW, I did add one ingredient: a maple-flavored vanilla frosting. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! Tom in Camillus NY

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