Chewy Ginger Raisin Cookies

In the last 24 hours here in Toronto the temperature has changed so much. Yesterday, walking the kids home from school, it was sunny and a warm fall day. Last night there was wind blowing so strong that is knocked over garbage cans and blew all the leaves off the trees. Today it is much cooler outside making it very clear that even colder are coming!

We are on day 10 for the 24 Days of Christmas baking. I was saying to Janna last night that one of the things I am enjoying most about doing all these posts is that I am getting my Christmas baking done even a little earlier than normal. I should be done before December even rolls around!

Chewy Ginger Raisin Cookies 2

Today’s cookie is one of my favourites. Take the flavour of a ginger snap, put it in a soft chewy cookie and throw in a few raisins. These tender cookies taste incredible and are always popular. I also like to make a ginger snap type of cookie that are called Gossamer cookies. Those will likely make it on the website in a week or so. Gossamer cookies are ginger snap cookies with a bit more kick.

This recipe comes from the Better Homes and Gardens 2001 Christmas Cookies magazine.

Roll the dough in 1 1/4 inch balls. Roll in sugar and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

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Chewy Ginger Raisin Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 30
Author Steve Cylka


  • 3/4 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • With an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and ground cloves until creamy and smooth. Add in the egg and molasses and mix until smooth.
  • Slowly beat in the flour.
  • Mix in the raisins.
  • Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Roll in the 1/4 cup of sugar.
  • Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350F oven for 10-12 minutes.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. These look great! Chewy is always good, and ginger in combination with raisins sounds intriguing.

  2. Real interesting flavours here! And I love the sound of the texture. Too many “hard” cookies out there…nothing like soft and chewy with a nice cup of cocoa!

  3. I like the “Chewy” word! This baking marathon is so fun!
    Have a nice day!

  4. Awesome name for your blog! Gave you some Buzz and Facebook love, too. What an ambitious cookie marathon and they all look fabulous, Steve! Great combo with the ginger and raisin.

  5. These sound great and I’m planning to make them, but am wondering whether it’s baking SODA or baking POWDER. The ingredient list says one thing, the instructions say the other.

  6. Needs a touch of salt!

  7. These were fabulous! The texture was just what I was hoping- slightly chewy/soft. The mix of spices were spot on, too! Thanks so much!

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