Lunchbox Ginger Cookies


A dozen of these cookies made a special 'teacher gift' for me from one of my second grade students. The best gift of all was when his mother sent the recipe to me one day. When cool, store in airtight container.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
9 mins
Total Time:
29 mins
36 cookies


  • cooking spray

  • ¼ cup white sugar, or as needed

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • ¼ cup dark molasses

  • 1 egg

  • 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly coat 3 cookie sheets with cooking spray. Place white sugar in a small, shallow bowl.

  2. Combine brown sugar, canola oil, molasses, and egg in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until blended.

  3. Stir together flour, baking soda, ground ginger, grated ginger, cloves, salt, and cayenne pepper in a second bowl. Add flour mixture to the molasses-egg mixture. Blend well; dough will be quite thick. Dough may be refrigerated or shaped at this time.

  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll lightly in white sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven, 1 sheet at a time, for exactly 9 minutes. Cookies will still be soft, but will become crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside as they cool.

Cook's Note:

Once the dough is assembled, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for several hours until you are ready to make the cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

94 Calories
3g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 94
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 53mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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