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Burnt Sugar Ginger Cookies
Cook Time
13 mins
Hardening Time
1 hr
These Burnt Sugar Ginger Cookies have all the fall feels wrapped up in an incredibly tasty cookie!
Course: Dessert
Servings: 46 cookies
Calories: 160 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
Burnt Sugar Ginger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp. fresh ginger, finely grated
Ginger Cookies
  • 16 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup unsulphered molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 3 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
Cookie Coating
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
Burnt Sugar Ginger
  1. Spray a rimmed baking sheet generously with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. Add the sugar and ginger to a large saucepan. Massage the ginger into the sugar with your fingers. Turn the heat onto medium-high and stir continuously until the sugar liquefies and no sugar crystals remain. The color will be golden brown. Pour onto the prepared sheet and spread with a spatula until about 1/4-inch thick. Set aside for one hour to harden. Once cool, turn out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch and smaller shards. They'll be sharp, so be careful.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a few large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. To a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix on medium speed for 4 minutes until light and fluffy. Turn mixer to low and add eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is fully blended before adding the next, and scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the molasses and fresh ginger and continue to mix for 1 minute until thoroughly combined. Remove bowl from mixer.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined with a few streaks of flour. Add in burnt sugar shards, stirring until evenly distributed. 

Cookie Coating
  1. Place granulated sugar in a small, shallow bowl. Roll two tablespoons of dough into a ball and then roll the ball into the sugar until it's generously coated. Place on baking sheet leaving two inches between the balls.

  2. Bake one sheet at a time in the center of oven for 13 minutes. Cool cookies completely on sheet when done baking.

Nutrition Facts
Burnt Sugar Ginger Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.