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Browned Butter Soft Ginger Cookies

Turn on the oven and get your butter browning because these delicious, soft, Browned Butter Ginger Cookies are going to become a staple in your holiday cooking routine!

Browned Butter Soft Ginger Cookies

Browned Butter Ginger Cookies Recipe

As the holiday season rolls in, the air fills with the warm, spicy scent of ginger cookies baking in the oven. It’s a time of joy, family gatherings, and, of course, delightful treats. This year, I’m sharing a special recipe that has become a family favorite: Browned Butter Soft Ginger Cookies. These cookies, with their unique twist of browned butter, offer a slightly nutty flavor that sets them apart from the traditional ginger cookie.

These Browned Butter Soft Ginger Cookies are not just a treat; they are a celebration of the comfort and joy that baking brings during the holiday season. Whether you’re sharing them with family, friends, or enjoying them with a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace, these cookies will surely add a special touch to your holiday celebrations.

Why Browned Butter?

Browned butter, known for its rich, nutty flavor, transforms simple recipes into gourmet creations. These ginger cookies complement the spicy sweetness of ginger, cinnamon, and molasses, creating a complex and satisfying taste profile.

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Soft Ginger Cookies shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Flour
  • Ground ginger
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Ground allspice
  • White sugar
  • Butter (to be browned and chilled)
  • Egg
  • Dark molasses
  • Sugar
Browned Butter Soft Ginger Cookies

How to make Soft Ginger Cookies

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.


Browning the Butter

Start by browning the butter in a pan until it acquires a nutty aroma and golden-brown color. Transfer it to a bowl and chill in the fridge until hardened.



Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper for later use.


Mixing the Dry Ingredients

Sift together the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and allspice in a mixing bowl.


Creating the Cookie Dough

In another bowl, mix the chilled browned butter with sugar until smooth. Add in the egg and molasses, mixing well. Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients to form a cohesive batter.


Shaping the Cookies

Roll small amounts of dough into balls, then roll each ball in sugar. Place them on the prepared baking sheets.



Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes or until they are just set and the tops are slightly cracked.



Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.

Yield: 24 cookies

Browned Butter Soft Ginger Cookies

Browned Butter Soft Ginger Cookies

Ginger cookies that are soft and slightly nutty from the addition of browned butter! Your cookie plate isn't complete without these delightful little bites.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, browned and chilled
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup sugar, for rolling


  1. Brown your butter well and place into a bowl into the fridge. Let cool in fridge until hardened. Remove from fridge about 30 minutes before you want to mix up this cookie dough.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Sift the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and allspice together into a mixing bowl.
  4. Mix sugar and butter with a mixer until smooth and creamy. Mix in the egg and molasses. Gradually mix in the flour mixture until just coming together into a batter.
  5. Roll rounded teaspoon-sized amounts of dough into small balls between your hands, roll in sugar, and place onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake until the cookies are barely set, the tops are slightly cracked, about 10 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes until they can be moved to a wire rack without breaking.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 399mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 3g

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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