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The best ever chewy Brown Sugar Maple Ginger Cookies. A cross between a really great ginger cookie and a delicious chocolate chip cookie. Made with dark brown sugar, rich molasses, ginger, and the real secret…chocolate chips! These cookies are generously glazed with a sweet, thick, and creamy maple glaze that melts in your mouth. There’s really nothing not to love! The perfect holiday cookie to bake, share, and gift this holiday season!

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I’ve never been someone who’s picked a ginger cookie over say a chocolate chip cookie. But I know so many of you guys love them, and I love to bake them around the holiday season. They’re perfect for gifting, and I will admit, they always smell delicious while baking.

Since I’m making ALL the Christmas cookies I can this December, I really wanted to figure out how to make a ginger cookie be extra delicious. Not just gingery and good, but gingery and really darn delicious, with perfect edges and chewy middles. These cookies are that. Soft, chewy, filled with molasses and a good amount of ginger, plus sweet and chocolatey.

And the vanilla maple glaze really makes them special, maybe even a little over the top.

These have been on my list since mid-November. I wasn’t sure I’d make them, but I’m so glad I did!

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The doughy details

Beat the butter with dark brown sugar, then add the eggs and molasses. Next, add the dry ingredients and stir in some chocolate chips. That’s the dough…and as you can tell, it’s simple as can be.

Roll the dough into decently sized balls using buttered hands. The buttered hands are key, the dough is on the sticker side, so the butter helps to roll without drying the cookies out.

Then just bake. That’s literally it for the cookie. No fuss, but totally delicious.

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On to the glaze

This glaze is everything. I first used it with my maple cookies back in the fall and it’s been a favorite ever since. It’s what makes these cookies really melt in your mouth.

It’s simply butter, maple syrup, vanilla, powdered sugar, and salt.

Once you’ve finished the glaze, drizzle it over each cookie. You can eat them warm or allow them to cool, either way, they are delicious.

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A few important things

One thing that really sets these cookies apart from other molasses-based cookies is extra molasses (and chocolate chips). I like to use a bit more molasses than most molasses cookie recipes call for. I wanted each cookie to be extremely chewy and for the molasses flavor to really be pronounced. So, I upped the amount of molasses and added vanilla extract. This combo does a nice job of highlighting the molasses and ginger flavors. The result is a perfectly chewy molasses cookie with hints of vanilla and ginger throughout.

Then, of course, the chocolate. It’s not expected, but everyone loves the addition of chocolate…and the sweet mapley glaze on top.

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Looking for Christmas cookie recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Christmas Monster Cookies

Easy Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies

The Santa Clause Cookies

Holly Jolly Santa Cookies

Lastly, if you make these Brown Sugar Maple Ginger Cookies be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Brown Sugar Maple Ginger Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 22 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 180 kcal

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Ingredients

Maple Glaze

Instructions

  • 1. Position an oven rack in the upper 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 
    2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the egg and molasses and mix until evenly combined. Add the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt, beating until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
    3. Rub your hands with butter and roll the dough into tablespoon-size balls (if the dough is too sticky, chill for 20 minutes). Place on the prepared baking sheet, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the cookies are just starting to set around the edges, the centers should be a little doughy. Let cool on the pan.
    4. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Melt together the butter and maple syrup in a small pot over medium heat. Remove from the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar, vanilla. and a pinch of salt. Drizzle or dip the glaze over each cookie. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
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  1. If you want a less cakey and more chewy cookie could you use 1/4 cup less flour and 1/4 teaspoon less baking soda?

    1. Hey Luanne,
      You could certainly try that, but I’ve not tested it so I really am not sure! Let me know if you give the recipe a try:) xx

  2. The cookies were easy to make and tasted great, but the glaze did turn out quite right, not as white as yours and it didn’t seem to set at all. Not sure what I did wrong.

    1. Hey Heather,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try. So sorry to hear about the glaze! Try adding more powdered sugar next time! xTieghan

  3. I love, love these cookies. Mine didn’t flatten though. They looked like domes. I wonder if it has to do with geography. I’m just at sea level in Nova Scotia and you are in Colorado! I don’t know. Just grasping at straws.

    1. Hey Kelly,
      Awesome!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for making it! Next time try banging your baking sheet on the counter, that should help! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Although I have never gotten into baking, I’m lucky enough to have friends that do. Even more amazing is that some friends will take the hint and actually make the cookie or cake if I send them a recipe, as I did with this one. Lucky me! This recipe intrigued me because I love ginger and maple and chocolate chips. So I texted it to my good friend and she made them for me. Wow! These cookies are amazing! Delicious without being overly sweet! Exceeded my already high expectations! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    1. 5 stars
      These are my FAVORITE! So easy and delicious. At first I was skeptical of adding chocolate chips, so I baked half of the cookies without them and added chips to the second half of the dough…the ones with chips were WAY better 😂. I should have trusted you!

      One question – my glaze turned out very transparent and not opaque and pretty like yours. Still tasted delicious, but not sure what I did wrong? It also took forever to set. I think I added the powdered sugar to the butter/maple syrup combo while it was still too warm? Idk.

      Thanks!

      1. Hey Caitlin,
        Awesome!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for making it! Next time, wait for the butter/maple to cool more and then you can also let the glaze sit as well:) xTieghan

  5. I had to come back and review these because when I saw the recipe again, my mouth watered. The chocolate is such a surprise treat with these. They were some of the best Christmas cookies I have ever made. Loved the texture!

  6. 4 stars
    I’m a big fan of the cookies.. they were delish!
    but my glaze isn’t as nice & whiteish as yours.. more like a caramel colour. what could cause that?

    1. Hi Allie,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! My glaze really is not white either:) xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    My daughter and I made these at Christmas. They are so good! Lovely flavors, not your regular Xmas cookie!

    1. Hi Amy,
      Fantastic!! I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try. Have the best week! xTieghan

  8. These were the only cookie I made this year.. and they were a hit!! Even my father, who has a SERIOUS DISDAIN for maple. People who normally don’t do ginger cookies liked these. The chocolate chips were a welcome surprise. Will be making these again!

    1. Hey Laura,
      Happy Friday! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    These turned out sooooooo delicious! This was my first year making cookie boxes and I included these and they were a hit with everyone. Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

    1. Hey Kass,
      Fantastic! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Happy New Year!🎆 xxT

  10. 5 stars
    My family went crazy over these cookies!! Made a double batch and they are all gone after sharing with my family and neighbours❣️
    Already have requests to make more please!
    Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe❣️ Best wishes for a great 2022❣️

    1. Hey Jessica,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! Happy New Year!🎆 xTieghan