Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

December 21, 2018mayurisjikoni
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Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies are slightly soft, a bit chewy, warm with spices and a must during Christmas or the Holiday Season. Sugar coated cookies with cracks or crinkles look so festive.


What are Crinkle Cookies?

Crinkle cookies are cookies with cracks in them. They are intentionally baked in a particular manner to get the cracks or wrinkles. The crack effect with the sugar coating makes them look very festive. The sugared parts reminds one of snow capped mountains. There are so many varieties of crinkle cookies, chocolate, lemon, strawberry, peanut butter, red velvet, pumpkin, sweet yam, coffee and so many more.


Why I baked Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies?

I love baking ginger cookies during Christmas time. Reminds me of the Ginger thins that my dad gets from IKEA. However, this Christmas had no intentions of switching on my oven as its just too hot in Mombasa. However, my daughter who is visiting us, insisted that the house should smell of warm spices around Christmas time. Doesn’t matter if its sweltering hot. I mentioned to her that I really would love to try baking crinkle cookies. From chocolate ones we jumped to red velvet and settled on Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies as soon as I came across the recipe on the blog If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen.


Must Follow Tips to Bake Perfect Crinkle Cookies

Before I embarked on baking crinkle cookies, went through a number of recipes for all the tips. Most recipes vouched that the crinkle or crack effect is not possible for a cookie dough without eggs. However, I beg to differ. Here are the tips that you must follow for Perfect Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies:

  • Make sure the dough is cold and firm. Leave it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes or longer. Or leave it in the fridge overnight.
  • If the dough becomes warm put it back in the fridge.
  • Don’t handle the dough too much. Warm dough means no crinkle effect.
  • Its best to bake one tray at a time to get the crinkle effect.
  • The balls should not be flattened at all, leave them as round balls.
  • 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. 


Other Cookies you may want to bake for Christmas

Rose Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Cookies

Krestkransjes – Dutch Christmas Cookies

Wheat Orange and Oat Cookies

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Kenyan Style Biscuits


Plan 2019

Events to look forward to in 2019 are 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 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. We will also be taking the Rocky Mountaineer Train from Vancouver and going through the Canadian Rockies. Super excited as I love long train journeys. 


Preparation for 2019

Hubby and I first had to get our passports renewed to the new electronic one. We submitted them for renewal mid Oct 2019, but got them back just before Christmas Holidays. We wanted to travel during the first week of Jan to India but that will be delayed as we still have to go to Nairobi for our US and Thailand visa. 


Minor Changes to  prepare Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

Instead of using only plain or all purpose flour I replaced part of it with wheat flour. I was not able to find molasses so replaced it with maple syrup. I made the gingerbread spice at home, as homemade fresh spices are the best.


Whenever my daughter visits us, we bake cakes or cookies today. Today was no exception. It was sight to see us both staring at the oven to see if the crinkle effect happens. And sure the cracks slowly began to appear. 


Ingredients Required for Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

  • Wheat Flour – I use the flour we use for making rotis/parathas.
  • Plain Flour – All purpose flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salted Butter – chilled and cut into small pieces
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda – Soda bicarbonate
  • Molasses – or use honey, maple syrup, Golden Syrup or Dark Corn Syrup
  • Milk
  • Granulated Sugar – normal refined sugar
  • Icing Sugar – powdered sugar, confectioners’ sugar

For the Gingerbread Spice:

  • Ginger Powder
  • Cinnamon Powder
  • Nutmeg Powder
  • Clove Powder




Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies, warm with spices, soft and slighty chewy, a must have during Christmas or the Holiday Season.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course cookies, Dessert, edible gift
Cuisine International


  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 cup plain flour all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 170 g 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,golden 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 Gingerbread Spice:

  • Mix all the spices together.

Preparation of the dough:

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


  • The cookie dough must be chilled in the freezer for at least 20-30 minutes or until firm or in the fridge overnight.
  • 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.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    December 5, 2021 at 2:18 am

    5 stars
    These crinkle cookies look too good and perfect for the Christmas season. Sugar topping gives the snow effect. I have never baked crinkle cookies and always been fascinated with the crinkled look they have.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 5, 2021 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you so much Shobha. Try them sometime, am sure it will be a crowd pleaser.

  • Archana

    December 6, 2021 at 5:41 am

    5 stars
    Wow! such lovely crinkle cookies! I have hesitated baking crinkle cookies as I was sure it’s difficult but you make it sound so easy. Absolutely love the homemade spices gingerbread spice in your cookies. I will try it out during this season.
    Bali is a destination I want to visit so The Elemuntum is on cards.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 7, 2021 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Follow the tips and they will come out well in spite of the warm climate where you are. Hoping yoru dream comes true to visit Bali and The Elementum.

  • Neha

    December 6, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    5 stars
    These gingerbread crinkle cookies look so tempting. The allure of gingerbread spice is undeniable. I add this spice for some teacake bakes just for the love of this aromatic spice mix. Instructions are well explained with helpful tips. It is appreciable that your passion has compelled you to bake such delectable cookies in spite of the heat. Nice festive recipe!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 7, 2021 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you so much Neha. Like you I love to add gingerbread spice mixture to other bakes too.

  • Sujata Roy

    December 7, 2021 at 7:02 am

    5 stars
    I love the look of crinkle cookies. Your gingerbread crinkle cookies looks so perfectly made and delicious. I can imagine the aroma filled your kitchen while baking these cookies. I would love to try it soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 7, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata. Please do try them out and yes, the gingerbread spice adds a lot of aroma to the kitchen while baking.

  • Preethicuisine

    December 7, 2021 at 7:18 am

    5 stars
    Ginger bread crinkle cookies sounds so delicious and festive. Perfect for Christmas celebrations. Thanks for all the tips and tricks to bake these to perfection.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 7, 2021 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks Preethi.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    December 7, 2021 at 8:44 am

    5 stars
    These ginger bread crinkle cookies look so cute and festive Mayuri. Perfect for the season we have now, I hope I will give a try to these.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 7, 2021 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, please do try them. If you follow the tips, they are pretty easy to make.

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