Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

December 21, 2018mayurisjikoni
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This Christmas I had no intentions of switching on my oven as the weather in Mombasa is just too hot. However, things really don’t go the way you plan it right? Take for example the elaborate plans hubby and I chalked out for 2019. Its a year when we’ll be traveling from one end of the world to the other. So that we have everything organized before we leave for the trip we need visas. That also meant hubby and I had to get our passports renewed to the new electronic ones. We submitted them in mid Oct, presuming we’ll get them by end November, Dec go to Nairobi for visa application and by mid Jan we are set to travel.

However, reality is something else. Got our passports today after 2 months. Now holiday season has begun so no point in traveling to Nairobi to get the visas. All this now will happen in January. Come 2019, hope everything works as per the plan.

Events to look forward to in 2019, my sister’s daughter’s wedding in Thailand, our other niece getting married at Daytona Beach in July. 3rd niece getting married in Mombasa. Also what hubby and I are so looking forward(impatiently waiting!) to, is to stay at ‘THE ELEMENTUM’ a small boutique hotel constructed and opened by my son and my daughter in law in beautiful Bali. Please take a moment to check out their website. They both have worked so hard to build this eco -friendly, quaint little piece of heaven on earth.

Coming back to the baking, my daughter whose here for a short while, insisted that the house should smell of warm spices around Christmas time. Getting molasses is a problem here, so I had to look for substitutes which I know don’t work as good as molasses. I know its not possible to get the chewy texture without it, but these cookies turned out so delicious. I also replaced a part of the plain flour (all purpose flour) with wheat flour. The house was filled with warm spice or rather the gingerbread spice aroma.

Did I mention this is the first time we’ve baked crinkle cookies? When the first tray went in, I was a bit apprehensive as I had read somewhere that you don’t get the crinkle effect with eggs. However, that’s not true at all. As I kept on starring at the cookies baking, slowly the cracks began to appear.

To get the crinkle on top, its important to rest the dough in the freezer for 20-30 minutes or leave it in the fridge overnight. The dough balls also have to be round and not flattened. If the dough becomes warm, then the crinkle effect doesn’t happen.


Makes about 30

Recipe Source: If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen

2 cups wheat flour

1 cup plain flour (all purpose flour)

¾ cup brown sugar

170g salted butter, cut into small cubes and chilled

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda  (soda bi carbonate)

¾ cup molasses (or use honey, maple syrup, dark corn syrup)

2 tbsp milk

For Gingerbread Spice Mixture:

2 tbsp ginger powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

 ½ tsp clove powder

½ tsp nutmeg powder

For topping:

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup icing or confectioners’ sugar 


Preparation of the dough:

  1. Sift flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda and gingerbread spice mixture together into a big bowl.
  2. Add brown sugar and mix well.
  3. Add the butter cubes and rub it into the flour using your finger tips till it resembles bread crumbs.
  4. Add the molasses or any substitute you’re using and the milk.
  5. Bring the mixture together into a the dough till it gets wet. Do not over mix the dough.
  6. Divide the dough into two parts. Shape each part into a round disc. 
  7. Cover each part with cling film and put it in the freezer.
  8. In the meantime prepare the baking tray. You can line it with parchment paper or lightly grease it with butter. 
  9. Preheat the oven to 160ºC.
  10. Put the sugar and icing sugar in two different bowls.
  11. Take out both the dough parts from the freezer. Put one part in the fridge till required.
  12. Using a tablespoon, scoop up the dough and roll it into a ball. Remember do not roll it too much otherwise the dough will become warm.
  13. Roll the ball in the sugar and then in the icing sugar.
  14. Place it on the baking tray.
  15. Repeat steps 11 to 13 with the rest of the dough. 
  16. Place the balls 1 inch apart.
  17. Put the tray in the oven and let the cookies bake for 12-15 minutes.
  18. Remove the tray from the oven. 
  19. Let the cookies cool down for 2-3 minutes on the tray.
  20. Put the cookies on a wire rack to cool down completely.
  21. Store in an airtight container. 
  22. Take out the other part of the dough from the fridge and bake the cookies. 



  • If the dough becomes warm put it back in the fridge.
  • Its best to bake one tray at a time to get the crinkle effect.
  • It is important to roll the dough balls in granulated sugar and then in the icing sugar. Its the sugars on top that helps to dry out the top of the cookie quickly and results in a crack effect.
  • Using both baking powder and baking soda is important as they help in the rise and spread of cookies. 
  • Baking at 150 -160°C is important to get the crinkle effect. If you bake at 180°C, then the top hardens too quickly and doesn’t give the cookies a chance to spread. 


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  • patisseriemakesperfect

    December 22, 2018 at 1:17 am

    These cookies are just beautiful! Well done.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Thank you so much.

  • Caroline

    December 22, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Those look and sound tasty. I know the feeling about not wanting to turn the oven on in hot weather – we have that problem in the summer! But some things tempt you, and looks like it was worth it!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Caroline, yes turning on the oven in the hot weather was worth it.

  • Lathiya

    December 23, 2018 at 4:53 am

    Gingerbread crinkle cookies looks delicious…you had made these perfect…fabulous bake for Christmas

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2018 at 10:34 am

      Thank you so much Lathiya.

  • Geetha Priyanka

    December 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    These cookies look absolutely delicious. Perfect to enjoy this christmas. Lovely share….

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 25, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Thanks Geetha.

  • Cat | Curly’s Cooking

    December 23, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    You have a busy 2019 coming up! The hotel looks lovely, Bali is on my holiday list. These cookies also look really tasty.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 25, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Thank you so much Cat. Bali is a beautiful place.

  • chezlerevefrancais

    December 24, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I’ve never made crinkle cookies but these look delicious so I will be trying them soon!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 25, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Thank you, do try them.

  • Nickki

    December 26, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    These cookies look so festive! Sounds like you have a busy and happy 2019 ahead!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 26, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks Nikki and yes looking forward to a busy 2019.

  • Elizabeth Shah

    December 26, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    These look like mini, powdered-sugar-coated versions of cookies I grew up eating in my Great Grandmother’s kitchen! These would be gorgeous on a holiday cookie platter.

  • Ramona

    December 27, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    These crinckled cookies always look soo good! I really like this recipe, I cannot wait to try it!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 28, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks Ramona, please do try the recipe.

  • Anna | Serving Dumplings

    December 27, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    the cookies just look amazing! Happy New Year!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 28, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Thank you Anna.

  • Jacqueline Meldrum

    December 28, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Those are so pretty. I bet everyone loves them.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 29, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks Jacqueline, everyone enjoyed them.

  • Amanda

    December 28, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Love gingerbread cookies at this time of year. Yum!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 29, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      I love them too, actually anytime of the year.

  • Choclette

    December 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    I made chocolate crinkle cookies for Christmas this year. They were delicious, but I love the sound of your gingerbread ones.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 29, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks Choclette. Will check out your chocolate crinkle cookies.

  • Swati

    January 6, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Gingerbread crinkle cookies sound so delicious!! I made chocolate crinkles recently, soon will try your version too!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 7, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks Swati, will check out your chocolate ones.

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