Chewy Ginger Cookies with Raisins

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
2 dozen

Using both fresh and dried ginger ensures that these cookies have a snappy flavor. For even more spicy-sweet goodness, use up to 1/3 cup fresh ginger.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon fine salt

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup finely grated peeled fresh ginger

  • 1 large egg

  • cup unsulfured molasses

  • ¾ cup raisins

  • Sanding sugar, for rolling


  1. Whisk together flour, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium-high until pale and fluffy, 3 minutes, scraping down bowl as needed. Beat in fresh ginger, egg, and molasses. Beat in flour mixture; fold in raisins. Scoop dough into 1 1/2-inch balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Roll balls in sanding sugar; place, 2 inches apart, on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until centers are just set, 16 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks; let cool completely.

Cook's Notes

Store in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

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