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Big Ginger Cookies

Sanding sugar is coarser than granulated sugar and adds sparkle to finished baked goods.

  • Yield: Makes 12 five-inch cookies
Big Ginger Cookies

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 1998


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sanding or granulated sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, allspice, and white pepper; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine butter with light-brown and granulated sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg; mix well. Add the reserved dry ingredients, and beat until just combined. Form dough into a ball, and cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.

  3. Remove dough from refrigerator. Using an ice-cream scoop, shape dough into 2-inch-diameter balls. Pour sanding sugar into a large bowl, and roll balls in sanding sugar, coating well. Place cookies on prepared baking sheets, spaced 4 inches apart; flatten each into a 3-inch-diameter disk.

  4. Transfer to oven, and bake until brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Reviews (6)

  • mezp 22 Sep, 2012

    I love this recipe,used to make these yrs ago when our kids were little. You won't be disappointed.....and your house will smell amazing! Bring on Fall :)

  • maryannyoung 17 Jun, 2009

    Please ladies, use some commonsense with the oven.

  • leilamh 17 Jun, 2009

    Are these chewy or crunchy? Thanks!

  • blackjacknana 17 Jun, 2009

    I don't think that they expect you to have your oven on overnight..........I'm sure it's just a misprint. I would mix the dough, refrigerate and then preheat - sounds more reasonable..

  • Jan4kids 20 Jul, 2008

    This sounds like a delicious recipe, but I'm not familiar with white pepper. I live in P.R. Can you tell me where I might find this and sanding sugar? Thank you.

  • lcrook 20 Feb, 2008

    The spice and flavor is GREAT in this cookie. I have finally found a ginger cookie that is spicy enough for my family's liking. The only problem I have is that they bake up a little too flat . I still have not found out why. Otherwise, they still are a family FAVORITE!

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