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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

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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.

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