Giant Ginger Cookies for summer picnics

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giant ginger cookies

I baked these cookies during a virtual heat wave and I didn’t mind at all. That’s how good they are. My kitchen was like a sauna as I put pan after pan in the oven.

Loaded with ground ginger (That 1 Tbsp. isn’t a typo) they’re flavourful and they have the most delicious texture. Plus they’re very pretty with that little extra sugar sprinkled on top.

I never make jumbo cookies so eating one of these made me feel like I had just come back from the fair with one of those giant twirled lollypops. And I actually made the cookies smaller than the original recipe calls for.

giant ginger cookies

If you’re looking for good picnic cookies I’d go for these. There’s nothing gooey in them to melt and one per person is enough.

Giant Ginger Cookies

Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart

Makes 18 giant cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/3 cup for coating
  • 6 tablespoons Grandma Fancy Molasses (1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1 large egg
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  3. In a large bowl cream butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in molasses and egg.
  5. Gradually stir in flour mixture until just combined. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic, and freeze for 20 minutes.
  6. Divide dough into 18 balls. Place remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar in a bowl. Roll balls in sugar to coat; place at least 4 inches apart on prepared baking sheets (I had about 6 cookies per sheet). Using the bottom of a glass, flatten into 3-inch rounds. Sprinkle with sugar remaining in bowl.
  7. Bake until brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.


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12 thoughts on “Giant Ginger Cookies for summer picnics

  1. Gail says:

    Love ,Molasses and ginger and always Crosby:s ….

  2. phaedra says:

    sounds very similar to the recipe for “Joe Froggers” – delicious

    1. Hi Phaedra, I always wondered what “Joe Froggers” were like. Now I know. Thanks.

  3. Gail Redditt says:

    I have made these cookies twice this week. They seem to disappear quickly.
    Just the perfect amount of ginger.

    1. Hi Gail, You’re my kind of baker! Glad you’re loving the recipe.

  4. Connie Snodgrass says:

    They look delicious

  5. Dianne says:

    We call these “Ginger Sparkles” in Nova Scotia!!

    1. Henri .P.Levesque says:

      Pouvez-vous m’écrire en français car je lit vraiment pas bien en anglais Merci de m’écrire en français

  6. celia says:

    I love you cookie monsterly

  7. Henri.P.Levesque says:

    J’aimerais avoir votre livre de recette Grandma Molasses en français ci possible, Merci. ma mère prenais toujours la mélasse Crosby’ car elle me disais que s’étais la meilleur, je l’ai essayer a mon tour et s’ai vrai qu’elle est vraiment très bonne, j’en ai déjà essayer une autre sorte ,pour vous dire la vérité les autres sorte ne sont pas bonne comme la votre merci pour l’attention portée a se petit mon que je vous envoi voissi mon adresse Henri.P.Levesque 24 rue Squateck Edmundston N.B E3V 1A8

    1. Salut Henri! Nous serions heureux de vous envoyer une exemplaire de notre livre de recettes! Surveillez dans le courier au cours des deux prochaines semaines.

  8. Lorna Wright says:

    I love things made with molasses

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