Once the weather cools down, ginger cookies are one of the best sweet treats you can have. They’re sweet, spicy, and warm up your throat and soul when the temperatures outside do the opposite. And here in our family, we love ginger cookies and eat them every year once the pants start coming out.
Our ginger cookies are soft and best eaten warm and with a glass of hot apple cider (or a toddy :)). Preferably next to a fireplace, if you have one. If not, then next to some warm, cuddly animals.
The point is, these ginger cookies are meant for relaxing.
When I wrote about these cookies I thought to do a little bit of research on the history of ginger in baking. Apparently, ginger was used in cooking during the Middle Ages because it could disguise the taste of preserved meats. We mostly know ginger for gingerbread, and the term gingerbread was coined in Medieval England and originally just meant preserved ginger–it wasn’t until later that the word was used to describe desserts.
Ginger, and ginger baked goods, have been around forever. In fact, the first known recipe for gingerbread dates back to 2400 BC! In the late Middle Ages, Europeans had festivals where the ginger cookies were so popular that the festivals were eventually known as Gingerbread Fairs, and the ginger cookies you could buy there were called “fairings”. Even the first American cookbook had three variations of gingerbread recipes.
We can understand why ginger baked items have had such a long history…they simply taste sooo good. They are warm, comforting, sweet, savory, and all the good adjectives of fall. This recipe is Levi’s favorite cookie recipe and he asks for these cookies often.
Sometimes I will mix a bit of cinnamon, cloves, and ground ginger into the sugar I use to roll the cookies in. Adding those spices ups the flavor. But lets be honest, most of the time I simply use sugar and call it a day.
If you have kids helping you this will be their favorite part! Have them gently press the cookies down into flat little wheels. You’ll probably turn around to find them licking their palms to taste that sweet sugar. Ignore them ;).
easy Ginger Cookies
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 3 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Sift flour, spices, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Cream together the butter and sugars, beat in the egg.
- Gradually stir in the flour mixture into the sugar mixture. Stir well.
- Gently form 1 inch balls from the dough and roll them in sugar, if desired.
- Put them on a ungreased cookie sheet and press down gently.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.