Gingerbread crinkle cookies are a must-try during the holidays. They are chewy, full of ginger flavor and coated in sugar with exposed cookie cracks.
It’s National Cookie Day! As if I needed another reason to bake cookies during the Christmas season. Today I tried my hand at crinkle cookies, but not the good old fashioned chocolate ones. I took my cookie game to the next level and made gingerbread crinkle cookies—and yes, they are as festive and sweet as they sound.
I am just as big a fan of chocolate crinkle cookies as the next person, but I wanted something different and I had my mind set on gingerbread. There are cut-out gingerbread cookies, gingersnaps, ginger thins, chewy gingerbread cookies, crispy gingerbread cookies, but gingerbread crinkle cookies prove to be a rare find. I searched endlessly and couldn’t find a recipe that matched up with the cookie I was set on baking. Naturally I took on the challenge and started some recipe testing.
You know a good crinkle cookie when you see it—and eat it. They are covered in powdered sugar with a few gaping cracks exposing the inner parts of a perfectly baked cookie. They overcome your sweet tooth and flirt with your tastebuds leaving you wanting more.
To meet the same expectations the chocolate crinkle cookies set, but in gingerbread form, I made a few exchanges to the ingredients. I found that brown sugar was best suited for the dough as it aids in the chewiness and plays well with the generous portion of molasses I added. Spices are of course necessary to give that flavor gingerbread cookies are known for.
As for the signature crinkle exterior, a roll in granulated sugar and then powdered sugar makes a perfect crackly exterior and keeps the powdered sugar in place. Chilling the dough is a necessary step in the recipe as it makes it easier to roll the dough into balls and keeps the center nice and chewy once the cookies are baked. And who doesn’t want to bite into a chewy center?
I can’t help but think what a perfect contribution these cookies will make to the Christmas cookie swaps and holiday pot luck parties everyone has scheduled this month. In years past I have baked peanut butter reindeer cookies, butter spritz cookies and peppermint chocolate cookies. I’m excited to share these gingerbread crinkle cookies with friends and family this year!
Recipe adapted from Baking Illustrated.