Like a cross between a classic oatmeal cookie and a warmly-spiced gingerbread cookie, these Ginger Oatmeal Cookies are a childhood favorite and they’re perfect for holiday baking season! Add these Christmas Cookies to your dessert trays, gift baskets, and cookie plates for Santa — everyone loves them!
You guys…THESE are the cookies of my childhood! You know how some nostalgic foods just bring back so many wonderful memories? Ginger Oatmeal Cookies are high on my personal list!
One of my best friends growing up (and still today) was Katie. We met in Kindergarten and we stayed close friends through college. While my own mom is an amazing cook (and has taught me 99.9% of the things I know in the kitchen), cookies were never her forte. Instead, I went to Katie’s house for the BEST homemade cookies a girl could dream of. And while I love all of Mrs. Hodgdon’s baking, THESE ginger cookies have always been my absolute favorite.
So imagine my excitement when I was sifting through some of my mom’s old recipes and I came across a handwritten card with this recipe on it! My mom must have asked Mrs. Hodgdon for the recipe about 30 years ago when she realized that I adored these cookies. And while I can’t say that I remember my mom ever actually making the cookies herself, I am happy to report that I am using the recipe card and baking them for my own family! And of course, my three boys all love them too. 🙂
They are a chewy, buttery, ginger-y cookie that everyone should have a chance to taste. Truly…they are simple dessert PERFECTION. Enjoy, friends — and be sure to share the love (in cookie form)!
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Ginger Oatmeal Cookies
- ¾ cup butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon cloves
- ¾ teaspoon ginger
- 2 cups Old-Fashioned oats
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter and sugar.
- Add egg and molasses. Mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and blend until combined.
- Stir in oatmeal.
- Drop dough onto baking sheets. Bake for approximately 8 minutes, or until just golden brown. The cookies will still look soft, which is fine. They will firm up a little bit as they cool, but they will still be nice and chewy!
- Cool on pan for 1 minute, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.