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black plate with four German ginger cookies with others on rack to side, and some Christmas decorations on other sides
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5 from 4 votes

German ginger cookies

These ginger cookies are more a ginger-spiced sugar cookie than what you may be more familiar with, but they are incredibly tasty. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: German
Servings: 21 approx
Calories: 101kcal


  • 7 tbsp unsalted butter 100g
  • ½ cup sugar 100g
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour 140g plain flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch 65g corn flour

For the chocolate glaze

  • ½ cup confectioners sugar 70g icing sugar
  • ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp water


  • Cream together the butter and sugar in a stand mixer/food processor or with a hand mixer until smooth and slightly glossy. Add the egg and vanilla and blend in.
  • Add the ginger, baking powder, flour and cornstarch and mix in at a low speed to save the flour going everywhere. Bring the mixture together as a ball and chill for around 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F/190C.
  • Roll out the chilled dough fairly thin on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Use cutters (shapes, circles, as you prefer) to cut out cookies and transfer to a lined baking sheet/tray/cookie sheet. Repeat with all the dough.
  • Bake for approx 10 minutes until just starting to brown. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
  • Sift the confectioners sugar into a small bowl and mix with the cocoa powder and water. Blend until smooth, then either spread on the cookies with a flat knife for a simple glaze, or transfer to a small piping back (or small freezer bag then snip off a corner) and decorate as you choose. Note if you glaze more fully, you may need a little more glaze.


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.4mg