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Simple Homemade Ginger Cookies With Six Ingredients


SP learned to bake and cook by watching her mother. Now she loves to cook and bake quick and easy recipes that don't take long to make.

Homemade Ginger Cookies

Homemade Ginger Cookies

These cookies have been made many times in my house. It is a very simple recipe created around a basic scone recipe, minus the baking powder and the egg. The only extra thing that you will need is some ground ginger to add some spice. They are really quick to prepare; they require only six ingredients and they bake in just 12 to 15 minutes.

The cookies are very light and only have a hint of ginger in them. If you don't like things that have a very strong ginger flavor then you should like these, as there is only one teaspoon of ginger in the recipe

Since I haven't added baking powder, the cookies won't rise or spread. So whatever size the cookies are before they are baked, then this is the size that they will be when they are fully baked.

If you want large cookies, then just use two tablespoons instead of one.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

11 cookies


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup clarified butter
  • 1/3 cup milk

Necessary Equipment

  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • 2 tablespoons


  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit). Place a sheet of parchment paper onto your baking tray and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the ginger and flour. Stir them together with a wooden spoon. Add the sugar and the rolled oats to this mixture and mix all of these ingredients together.
  3. Add the clarified butter to this mixture and stir everything together till all of the butter is incorporated into the mixture.
  4. Add the milk and stir this into the mixture until everything comes together and forms a ball of dough.
  5. Scoop out one tablespoon of the mixture with your tablespoon and lay this onto your baking tray. Once you have all your cookies on the baking tray, you need to flatten the top of them with the back of the tablespoon. You don't need to spend time on shaping the cookies to make them look pretty.
  6. Place your baking tray into the oven for between 12 to 15 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned. At the 12-minute mark, just give them a quick check to make sure they are not done as the cooking time can vary between ovens. Stick a wooden skewer in the centre of the cookies to see if it comes away clean. If it does come away clean then take them out of the oven. If it doesn't, then give them another 3 minutes in the oven. I wouldn’t leave them in for any more than 15 minutes as they will burn.
  7. Once the cookies are baked, take them out of the oven and set them aside to cool for 20 minutes. After that you can eat as many as you want.
Steps involved in making ginger cookies

Steps involved in making ginger cookies

List of directions on how to make ginger cookies

List of directions on how to make ginger cookies

Batch of ginger cookies, fresh from the oven

Batch of ginger cookies, fresh from the oven

Ginger is a spice and considered a rhizome and it grows its roots horizontally from its stems.


What is the texture of these cookies like?

The texture of these cookies is very similar to that of plain scones. So if you like scones then you will love these.

Can I substitute another liquid for the milk?

If you don't want to use milk in this recipe then you can use water or another version of milk.

Also, you might have to adjust the amount of liquid that you do use. This is because different brands of flours will require different amounts of liquid. So if 1/3 of liquid isn't enough to form a dough with the brand of flour that you are using then I would gradually add a tablespoon at a time of liquid till the mixture forms a dough.

Can I add other ingredients?

If you want to add an additional ingredient to this recipe, I would stick to sultanas. Since the ginger is the flavor of these cookies, any other ingredient will overpower the flavor of the cookie.

Do I need to let the dough rest?

No, you do not need to let this rest for 30 minutes in the fridge before baking it. As soon as all the ingredients are mixed together, you measure out your cookies and place them on your baking tray and pop them into your preheated oven.

Can I make more than 11 cookies?

Yes, you can double the ingredient to make 22 instead of 11 cookies and if you want to make 33 cookies you can just triple the list of ingredients mentioned in the recipe above.

Is the flavor of ginger really strong in this recipe?

No, since this recipe only uses one teaspoon of ginger, you will only taste a hint of ginger.

This recipe is not like ginger cake or ginger biscuits. The cookies won't be hard either like they are with shop-bought ginger biscuits. They are very soft cookies and you will only get a mild hint of ginger from the cookie. The ginger in these cookies will not be to over powering.

Can I make the cookies bigger?

Yes, you can. If you do decide to make the cookies bigger then shape two tablespoons of the dough onto the palm of your hand and roll it into a ball. Place it on the baking tray and flatten it down with your hand. If you want more than six cookies then you would need to double the list of ingredients mentioned here.

© 2020 Sp Greaney


Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 17, 2020:

@Rachel Alba, Yes I don't see any issue with using candied ginger. You would still have the flavor of ginger Just chop it up or grate it into the recipe. I never thought of using that myself. That's a good idea.

Yes, I see eggs in a lot of recipes too, I do leave them out sometimes even if the recipe calls for it. In those instances I just add maybe a 1/4 cup extra of liquid to the recipe instead. It will make the mixture a bit more liquidity, but I never really see any side effect of excluding it from the recipe. As long as the people eating it like it that is all that matters.

Rachel Alba on August 17, 2020:

Hi SP I recently bought candied ginger and I was thinking maybe I can use it chopped in some way into these cookies. I also noticed that there isn't an egg in the recipe which is great because my granddaughter is intolerant of eggs and it's so hard to find a cookie recipe with no eggs, so thank you for this recipe. I'm going to print it out and make it for her. Blessings to you.

Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 10, 2020:

@Adrienne Farricelli, thank you. I'm a big fan of recipes that can be made quickly. Plus most of these ingredients are usually in our cabinet anyway.

Adrienne Farricelli on August 09, 2020:

It's nice to find cookie recipes that don't need a whole lot of ingredients and that are easy to bake. Thanks for sharing it.

Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on August 05, 2020:

@JP Carlos, ,yes, I agree. I need to experiment more with some spices as I've never used it in cooking yet. .

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on July 31, 2020:

This looks simple enough to make. I love ginger. I put it in almost everything that I cook. it's healthy and easy to store. The best recipes are those that are simple, tasty and healthy.

Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 28, 2020:

@Mary Norton, thanks. Yes they are delicious. Never any leftovers.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 28, 2020:

Looks yummy and easy to do. I love ginger cookies.

Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 27, 2020:

@Abby Slutsky, I haven't tried that yet. They usually get eaten once they are baked. :)

Abby Slutsky from America on July 27, 2020:

These sounds easy and delicious. I hope to try them soon. I bet the dough probably freezes well too. Have you tried to freeze it?

Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 26, 2020:

@Pamela Oglesby, that's great. Hope ye have nice time. Enjoy.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 26, 2020:

My granddaughter is visiting soon and I will make these cookies for her. Thank you for this recipe, Sp.

Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 26, 2020:

@Liz Westwood. Thanks. I bet they could be. I think we all could have family recipe that could be very similiar if compared.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 26, 2020:

These sound a little like biscuits my Mum used to make. I like the simplicity of the ingredients and the method.

Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 25, 2020:

@Liza, thanks, you to. They are really nice especially for anyone who love using ground ginger. Very quick to make too.

Liza from USA on July 25, 2020:

I've made scones. However, I never made ginger cookies before. I love ginger. Therefore, these ginger cookies are going to be delicious to have with a cup of tea. Thank you for sharing a great recipe, Sp Greaney. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sp Greaney (author) from Ireland on July 25, 2020:

@Diana Carol Abrahamson, thanks for your comment. Yes, I do too. The simpler a recipe is the more often I will make it.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on July 25, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your simple ginger cookie recipe. Love easy bake treats and ginger spice, is one of my favourites too :)

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