Things I have been cooking lately #148: Classic ginger cookies

I got this recipe from a lady I worked with years ago. I think it was her mum’s. It’s extremely simple but it makes the most amazing cookies with that perfect cracked texture on the top and a chewy centre. They are amazing with a cup of coffee and have just the right amount of spicy ginger flavour.


Traditional ginger cookies

100g butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
2 cups flour

Preheat your oven to 180 and line two cookie sheets with greaseproof paper.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over a low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the syrup, sugar and egg. Add the ginger and stir. Add the bicarbonate of soda and stir. Add the flour and stir.

This mixture can be quite sticky so you might want to dust your hands with a little flour before working with the dough. Roll the dough into golf ball sized balls and spread out on the cookie sheets. There is no need to press them down but the will spread a lot so make sure you leave big enough gaps between them.

Bake for 10 minutes, one sheet at a time. Do not overbake, you want them to still be a little chewy in the middle. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes 24 cookies


  1. These look great. I love ginger biscuits with a cup of tea.

    1. abbiosbiston

      I had a couple with my morning coffee for a week and it was lovely.

  2. jmount43

    Are they made from real gingers? 😀

    1. abbiosbiston

      No but they were made by a fake ginger 😉

  3. I’ve never heard of ginger cookies but they sound amazing! I love anything ginger flavored.

    1. abbiosbiston

      You’ll love these. They’re perfect with tea or coffee.

  4. I am a huge fan of ginger cookies. I am saving this recipe – it is a simple one. They look delicious!

    1. abbiosbiston

      The only tricky bit in these is not overbaking them but they are super easy.

  5. I love me some ginger, Abbi! 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      You should make up a batch of these!

      1. The smell alone thru the house. Oh my!

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