Your new favourite cookie recipe! Slightly crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and spiced just right – you won’t be able to tell that these are healthy ginger cookies!
Healthy Ginger Cookies
When I asked my friends on Instagram what kind of content the wanted to see this holiday season, I got several requests for healthier Christmas cookies.
Now, let me start by saying it’s hard to make a cookie entirely “healthy”. Also, healthy is a term that really means something different to everyone. But I did do my best to create a healthier holiday cookie with nourishing ingredients as requested.
This recipe is based off of my mom’s recipe for ginger molasses cookies. Fun fact: she actually calls them ‘Spice Crinkles’.
So in order to make the recipe somewhat “healthier”, I subbed the all-purpose flour for whole grain spelt flour and reduced the sugar content a little bit. I promise you, you won’t even be able to tell!
How to Make Healthy Ginger Cookies
For this recipe, it’s easiest to use a stand mixer or hand mixer. You can also use a good old wooden spoon to mix the ingredients, this will just require further effort.
Step 1: Cream butter and sugar. Then add the egg and molasses.
Start by creaming the butter and brown sugar together, then beat in your egg and molasses, one ingredient at a time.
Step 2: Add remaining ingredients.
Add spelt flour, baking soda, salt, ground cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Mix to combine and cookie dough forms.
Step 3: Shape into balls and roll in sugar.
With clean hands, shape the dough into balls and then roll in a small dish of sugar until lightly coated. Place on a greased cookie sheet and lightly press each cookie with the back of a fork.
Step 4: Bake
Bake the cookies at 350F for 10 minutes. The cookies should be golden brown and will flatten slightly but this is expected. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack until completely cooled.
Tips for Making the Best Ginger Molasses Cookies
Just a few tips I have to ensure you get the best results with this recipe:
- Don’t skip rolling the dough balls in sugar. I know it adds a little extra sugar, but this helps the outside crisp a little, and it makes the cookies look nice and festive.
- When you press the cookies with a fork, just do it lightly and beware not to flatten them out too much. They will flatten a little in the oven, but we still want to maintain some airy, fluffy texture as well.
I have also tested this recipe with whole wheat flour and they turned out great. If you prefer to use all-purpose flour, this will work too, just add another 1/4 cup.
I have not tried this recipe with plant-based alternatives to butter or eggs, but if you do, please let me know how they turn out!
More Healthier Holiday Treats to Make:
Healthy Ginger Molasses Cookies
- 3/4 cup butter room temperature
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup fancy molasses
- 2 cups whole grain spelt flour can sub. whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease 1-2 cookie sheets. Cream the butter and brown sugar together, then beat in the egg and molasses, one at a time.
- Add spelt flour, baking soda, salt, ground cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Mix to combine and cookie dough forms.
- With clean hands, shape the dough into balls and roll in a small dish of sugar until lightly coated. Place on greased cookie sheet(s) and lightly press each cookie with the back of a fork.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Cookies should be golden brown and will flatten slightly but this is expected. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack until completely cooled.