Ginger Star Cookies
These Ginger Star Cookies will remind you of the spice cookies your Grandma used to make. Perfectly flavored, buttery and so good — they don’t even need frosting.
Maybe you’ve tried our Fruit Cake Cookies, Christmas Sugar Cookies, Florentines, or even the Polar Bear Cookies. Well, today I thought I’d “spice” things up (see what I did there?) with these delicious Ginger Star Cookies.
Once you start with these spicy cookies you can’t stop eating them. They are a great recipe that will be loved by your family and friends.
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I’m always amazed at all of the incredible cookie recipes that surface around the holidays. I mean, we eat cookies all year long, but in December and around Christmas — we bake and eat all the cookies. And you know what? There are so many wonderful recipes to choose from.
Hello friends! It’s Kelly again, stopping in from Live Laugh Rowe. I’m always so excited to share a recipe with all of you here, but these cookies might be my favorite to date.
I recently shared these mouthwatering Slow Cooker Candied Pecans. However, I need to warn you that they’re a bit addictive… so be very careful (wink-wink). However, they make a great holiday gift or treat! Anywho, I can’t wait to share this cookie recipe with you.
Delicious Spiced Cookies
Cookies and baking hold a very special place in my heart, and not just because they’re yummy and fun to bake. Ha-ha. They always make me think of the times when my sister and I would spend days with our mom making holiday cookies. Some days were more fun than others, but they were memorable moments, nonetheless.
There’s something about the sound of a rolling pin on the counter and hoping you get the thickness of your dough just right before pushing the cookie cutter down and hoping it went through the dough (which that usually depends on the quality of the cookie-cutter).
I guess you could say there’s an art to it, but most of us just go with what we know and hope for the best.
I distinctly remember when we were living in Upstate New York, I was probably in junior high or high school. We had a friend visit from Pennsylvania and she made this amazing Cream Wafer Cookie Recipe. It seemed so complicated at the time but tasted so delightful. However, I’ve been making those cream wafer cookies year after year. So, it turns out that they weren’t that hard to make — a little time consuming, but worth it.
Then there’s the Chocolate Chip Cookies my sister and I made every year (once we were old enough). Our Uncle would say that we made the best Chocolate Chip Cookies and we would giggle.
Why? Because we always made the recipe on the back of the Nestle Chocolate Chip bag. Ha! Of course, we were flattered and told him that’s what we did, but he swore they were the best. Maybe he was lying, maybe not — but those memories stick with you.
Is there a cookie recipe that takes you on a walk down memory lane? Which one is it and why?
How to Make Ginger Star Cookies
Start by mixing the sugar and room temperature butter in a bowl. Some recipes use brown sugar but we used white sugar for this recipe. Beat at medium speed.
Add egg, molasses, and vanilla — beating until well blended. Then in a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, salt and ground cloves. Add these to your butter mixture and beat at a low speed until well mixed.
Some ginger cookies recipes use crystallized ginger which I also like but this one keeps it simple with ground ginger that many should already have in their spice drawer.
Once the dough is complete, you’ll divide it into thirds. Shape each third into a ball, then flatten to about 1/2-inch thickness. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm — up to 3 days. I refrigerated mine overnight.
Preheat oven to 375º F. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface (one-third at a time, keeping the remaining dough in the refrigerator) to 1/8-inch thickness.
Using a star cookie cutter of choice (preferably 2 to 3-inch), cut and place 1-inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes or until light brown. Cool for one minute on a cookie sheet, then remove to wire racks to cool.
You don’t even need a prepared baking sheet as these are just baked directly on the baking sheet. Easy peasy!!
How to Decorate Star Christmas Cookies
Sifting powdered sugar over the completely cooled cookies is an option, but fun and delicious too. The powdered sugar adds a little twinkle to the stars.
You can also ice these cookies with a thin simple glaze giving them a little shimmer and add some sprinkles or decorative sugar too if you like.
Ginger Star Cookies Recipe
Ginger Star Cookies
Ginger Star Cookies that remind you of the spice cookies Grandma used to make. Perfectly flavored, buttery and so good -- they don't need frosting.
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Powdered sugar, optional
- Combine sugar and butter in a bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping the bowl often, until creamy.
- Add egg, molasses, and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining ingredients (except powdered sugar), beat at low speed until well mixed.
- Divide the dough into thirds. Shape each third into a round ball; flatten to approximately 1/2-inch thickness. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1-2 hours until firm or up to 3 days. I refrigerated my dough for 24 hours.
- Heat oven to 375 F
- Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to approximately 1/8-inch thickness.
- Cut with 2 to 3-inch star cookie cutters(s). Place 1-inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to a cooling rack.
- Cool completely. Sift powdered sugar over cooled cookies, optional.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 80 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 59Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g
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Comments & Reviews
robin rue says
Those cookies are so festive and I bet they taste SO good. I am so excited to make these for my kiddos.
Mama to 6 Blessings says
Those look tasty. I need to make these for my kids. They would like to decorate them though with holiday candies I am sure.
These are SO darling!! Do you ever glaze them?
Tara Pittman says
These sound so delicious. I like that they have ginger in them.
Liz Mays says
I’m definitely ready for that ginger flavor and these sound super fun. I should make some next month!
Brittany Clark says
Beautiful cookies! They looks delicious!
Marcie W. says
Yum! Homemade ginger cookies are one of my favorite holiday treats! I like them warm and fresh from the oven.
Yum! I love ginger cookies! We are planning on making some this weekend!
Oh I am so ready for some of these! Ginger cookies to me IS Christmas! These look amazing.
Brianne Tursi Manz says
You can’t have Christmas without some ginger cookies! These look so delicious! I look forward to making them.
I love ginger cookies over the holidays. These look so delicious… and thanks for all the great tips.
Love the idea of making star cookies for Christmas! It’s on my baking Christmas list!
Myrah Duque says
We hardly eat ginger cookies during the year, but when the holidays are here we indulge! They are so good and this recipe is too!
Krystel | Frugal Living says
I don’t know how to bake at all but love how you shared your memory with your sister. Those cookies look amazing.
These cookies look so delish! Perfect to make during the holidays to share with family and friends!
Why do shape cookies just look so much better? Darling and my husband and mom love ginger cookies so it’s a win!
This must be so delicious, i just love ginger