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I hate cinnamon. And I detest “pumpkin spice”. There I’ve said it. Autumn is a living breathing nightmare for me on the baking front.
I know by now that you are royally confused. I mentioned cinnamon in the introduction and then declared my hatred. So yes, I have to confess, gingerbread is the one and only time that I allow cinnamon into my life. Just a tiny little bit mind.
We won’t discuss my love of Biscoff biscuits and Biscoff spread. I’ll leave that revelation for another day.
Other than a tiny little bit of cinnamon, the other flavour that really makes gingerbread gingerbread is black treacle. Black treacle is a really classic ingredient of British baking and can largely be used interchangeably with molasses.
- How to Serve Gingerbread Cookies
- Make Chewy Gingerbread Cookies into a Feast
- Ingredients for Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
- Equipment Notes for Soft Gingerbread Biscuits
- Get Ahead
- Leftover Molasses Cookies
- Chewy Gingerbread Cookie Tips
- Full Step-By-Step Recipe
How to Serve Gingerbread Cookies
Mostly I just steal them off the counter at every opportunity but I think you’re looking for some more specific ideas.
One of the reasons they’re such a great gift, especially around Christmas is that they last really well. There is no worrying about baking them the night before they’re delivered or that they’ll spoil before they can be enjoyed.
Make Chewy Gingerbread Cookies into a Feast
I truly believe that you can make any dish into a proper feast! Whether thats a feast for one after work on a Tuesday, a casual feast for four on a Friday evening or a feast for 12 for a special occasion!
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Ingredients for Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
As I’ve touched on below, black treacle is a British product made from cane molasses and syrup. It isn’t quite the same as molasses which are a common baking ingredient in the US however. Black treacle has a slightly bitter edge in comparison.
The nearest direct equivalent is blackstrap molasses which is darker and more bitter than the regular variety.
I am aware that Golden Syrup really is another uniquely British product with no direct equivalent often available in other countries.
If you are already subbing molasses for the black treacle, I would recommend simply using more molasses in place of the golden syrup.
Or, you can make your own homemade golden syrup. Who knew!
I only use salted butter in my baking. If you insist on using tasteless unsalted, please add a little salt to the mix.
I use both ground ginger and cinnamon in this recipe. The balance of spices has been tested endlessly and trust me, they’re perfect. If you want to experiment by using more or less of one of them, please try my quantities first then make changes if you need to.
The recipe uses self raising flour which includes baking powder. The double whammy of raising agents in this recipe creates a unique texture. If you can’t get hold of self raising (self rising) flour – you can make your own.
Bicarbonate of Soda
To keep within the gingerbread theme, you could add extra spices such as allspice, ground cloves and/or nutmeg.
Alternatively you could use a spice mix like mixed spice or pumpkin spice in place of the cinnamon. I would add that in addition to the ginger, not instead.
Make it Vegetarian or Vegan
Firstly you will need to switch the butter for a dairy free alternative. I would try to use a block type option rather than a softer margarine type.
Make it Allergy Friendly
This recipe is free from nuts.
Egg Free: You can replace the egg with 1tbsp of vegetable or other neutral flavoured oil. Or use a liquid vegan egg replacer.
Please note that this recipe may contain other allergens not referred to above and any variations suggested have not been tested unless otherwise stated. For more information regarding any dietary information provided on this website, please refer to my Nutritional Disclaimer.
Equipment Notes for Soft Gingerbread Biscuits
A good set of measuring spoons are invaluable in any kitchen and no less so in this recipe.
I am a huge fan and always recommend using silicone spatulas when baking. I find that they are far superior at scraping ingredients from the sides of bowls which minimises waste and ensures everything is properly mixed.
A comprehensive list of the equipment used to make this recipe is included in the main recipe card below. Click on any item to see an example. There are no hard and fast rules so many items can be sensibly substituted to achieve the same results.
I find that these gingerbread biscuits keep incredibly well in an airtight container. They’re usually still soft for a good couple of weeks.
If freezing the dough, you will need to add a few extra minutes into the cooking time.
Leftover Molasses Cookies
But if you do have some that are starting to go a little stale, they are ideal to make ice cream sandwiches.
Or to crumble over ice cream, use as a cheesecake base, or use in the base of a cheeky trifle.
Chewy Gingerbread Cookie Tips
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Chewy Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
- 50 g Golden Syrup
- 50 g Black Treacle
- 120 g Salted Butter
- 1 Egg
- 200 g Caster Sugar (Superfine Sugar)
- 350 g Self Raising Flour (Self-Rising)
- 2 tbsp Ground Ginger - – use less for a more subtle flavour
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)
- Preheat the oven to 170c fan | 190c | 340f or equivalent.
- Line 2 baking sheets with grease-proof paper.
- Add 50g Golden Syrup, 50g Black Treacle and 120g Butter to either a large bowl or a large pan.
- Melt the syrups and butter in either the microwave or over a medium heat on the hob. It only needs to melt and not boil/get super hot or the egg will scramble.
- Add 1 Egg to the butter/syrup mix and mix until fully combined. If you've overheated the syrup/butter or used a saucepan rather than microwave, allow the syrup/butter to cool a little first.
- Weigh 200g Caster Sugar and 350g Self Raising Flour directly into the mixture.
- Add 2 tbsp Ground Ginger, 1 tsp Cinnamon and 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda.
- Stir until the whole mixture resembles a slightly wet and shiny dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a board, even it up and cut it into 16 equal size pieces. You could also cut it into more or less pieces for smaller or bigger cookies.
- Roll each of the pieces of dough into a smooth ball.
- Place each ball on the baking sheets making sure that you give them plenty of room to spread.
- Press down the balls to flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand. The more you press, the thinner and crispier the biscuits will be. Don't press at all for thick cookies with less spread.
- Bake for 10 minutes. They will be very soft when removed from the oven but they will harden considerably on cooling.
- Leave to cool on their trays for 5/10 minutes and when they are firm enough to handle, move them to a cooling rack.