Gingerbread Crinkles

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Gingerbread Crinkles are a fun and easy alternative to traditional gingerbread cookies. Don’t mess with cut-outs, simply roll dough balls in coarse sugar.

Gingerbread Crinkles on plate with christmas decor

Do you have a love-hate relationship with gingerbread cut-out cookies? All the mess, all the dough sticking to cookie cutters and rolling pin, all the hassle?

Well, you can have your gingerbread and not get all hot and bothered in the process.

I personally have not had great success with Gingerbread Cookie Cut-Outs. The end results never justified the hassle to get there. Since my mom’s gingerbread recipe has rarely worked for me,  I decided to redeem it a bit. I made a few changes and baked up a test batch while she was visiting one weekend.

Gingerbread Crinkles

They were an extreme hit. Christened Gingerbread Crinkles, these are a cookie I could get excited about. They are easy to make, taste just as good as traditional cut-outs, and are especially fantastic when you sandwich vanilla ice cream between a pair of them.

Just saying.

Gingerbread Crinkles are easy, fun, and tasty — exactly what a Christmas cookie should be. I love rolling them in coarse Demerera sugar. It gives them a nice crunchy coating.

What is gingerbread?

Gingerbread has a long history of being a pain in the butt to make. Back in the Middle Ages, noblewomen would present intricately shaped and decorated honey-spice breads to their gallant knights going into battle.

Modern day gingerbread takes the form of a ginger-spiced cookie cut into shapes or a dark, moist cake flavored with molasses, ginger, and other spices. The latter is more particular to the United States.

How do you make easy gingerbread cookies?

These Gingerbread Crinkles are probably the easiest gingerbread cookies you can make. Prepare and chill a spiced molasses dough, roll the dough into balls, roll the balls into sugar, and bake.

How long do gingerbread cookies last?

Not long, my friends! You better get some before they all get eaten!

However, if you want to make them in advance and store them for later, these Gingerbread Crinkles are good for 4 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 8 weeks when stored in a deep freeze.

Gingerbread Crinkles stacked on Sweet plate

How do I make these cookies affordably?

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make Gingerbread Crinkles more economical:

How I make easy Gingerbread Crinkles?

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

stacks of Gingerbread Crinkles on plate

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Gingerbread Crinkles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Gingerbread Crinkles are a fun and easy alternative to traditional gingerbread cookies. Don’t mess with cut-outs, simply roll dough balls in coarse sugar.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ginger, gingerbread, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread crinkles
Servings: 18 cookies
Calories: 129 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Demerara or coarse sugar for rolling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silpat baking mats.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in the molasses, egg, and lemon zest until well mixed.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and spices.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the demerara sugar.
  5. Place 9 cookies on a sheet, spacing evenly. Cookies will spread while baking.
  6. Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until set. Cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Place baked and cooled cookies in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for 4 days or freeze for up to 8 weeks.

Recipe Notes

The dough can also be prepared in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. No need to soften the butter. Just blend until mixed well with the sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Crinkles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 113mg5%
Potassium 59mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 171IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Gingerbread Crinkles | a recipe from Jessica Fisher

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  1. Thanks for hosting! I shared a duo of classic holiday cookies – no bakes & pecan sandies.

  2. Erica says

    Have you frozen this dough before baking? If so, can you bake the dough straight from the freezer? Thanks!!

    • I’m not sure if I have, but I’m sure it should bake from frozen without a problem.

  3. Wendy Lee says

    5 stars
    Just mixed these up. Super easy recipe that kids can help make. Smells wonderful! Thanks for always sharing great recipes and helpful advice for moms.

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