Soft chewy gingerbread cookies

If you’re like me and love ginger cookies but don’t want to ruin your teeth while eating gingersnaps, then these gingerbread cookies are for you. Soft and chewy ginger spiced cookies with a subtle molasses flavor packed with gingerbread flavored M&M’s – perfect for the holiday cookie tray
Soft and chewy ginger spiced cookies with a subtle molasses flavor packed with gingerbread flavored M&M's - perfect for the holiday cookie tray

Cookie season as I call it, or holiday season, is a baker’s best friend. I love making treats for friends and family and the cookie season gives me an excuse to bake even more. None of my friends will turn down a pretty box filled with home-baked cookies. I’ve already stocked up on pretty boxes, treat bags and cookie tins. All that’s left and turn the oven on and bake more cookies. 

You may have probably noticed I baked a lot of cookies lately. Now you know why. And I won’t stop soon. There are so many cookie recipes I want to make this season.

Soft and chewy gingerbread cookies

One of my favorite holiday spices is ground ginger and always try to add a pinch here and there in some recipes, but I do not cake much for gingersnaps. I would if I didn’t care much for my teeth. I’m always fearful I end up at the ER with a broken tooth. The only use for gingersnaps in my house if ground in a cheesecake crust.

These gingerbread cookies, on the other side, are soft and chewy. They remind me of the classic chocolate chip cookies with crisp edges and the inside chewy and soft. The gingerbread flavored M&M’s give these cookies are chocolate crunchy texture. If you do not find the seasonal M&M’s, you can use chocolate chips and add a pinch more of the spices.

Speaking of spices, these cookies not only use ground ginger, but also ground cinnamon, ground allspice and ground cloves. Just like a true gingerbread cookie. A touch of dark molasses gives these gingerbread cookies lots of flavor.

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Soft chewy gingerbread cookies recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

2 hours

Yield: almost 2 dozens

Soft chewy gingerbread cookies recipe

Soft and chewy ginger spiced cookies with a subtle molasses flavor packed with gingerbread flavored M&M’s – perfect for the holiday cookie tray


  • 10 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 bag gingerbread flavored M&M's


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan add 10 tbsp butter. Melt over medium heat and cook until butter is golden brown, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Pour the melted butter to a mixing bowl. Add the remaining 4 tbsp of butter and with the paddle attachment on, stir to melt it.
  4. Add white and brown sugar beating well to combine. Stir in the molasses.
  5. Add the egg and egg yolk, beating on medium speed for 3 minutes until it's beginning to thicken.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
  7. With a spatula fold the M&M's.
  8. Using a big ice scream scoop, drop cookie dough on the prepared cookie sheets.
  9. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes but no more than 1 hour.
  10. Meanwhile heat the oven to 375F.
  11. Bake the cookies for 13 minutes or until the edges are set and beginning to brown.
  12. Leave the cookies for few minutes on the baking sheets before cooling completely on wire racks.

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  1. says

    Oh my! Excuse me while I run to the store to get the gingerbread M&M’s. I really want to try these soft cookies because I’m also not a fan of the super hard and crunchy gingersnaps.

  2. says

    M&M cookies are one of my all time favorites and you just really kicked them up a notch. Cookies should always be soft and chewy. Just fabulous.

  3. says

    When it comes to cookies, soft and chewy always wins over crispy. ALWAYS. Love this holiday twist on the usual M&M cookie… I could probably eat an entire batch of these all on my own!

  4. Kim Beaulieu says

    Oh my gosh Roxana, these are gorgeous. So bright and festive for the holiday season. These would get gobbled up in moments in my house.

    By the way, it was so nice to see you again at Mixed. I hear you’re doing blogher food too. I’m hoping to go. Maybe a bunch of us can go out for dinner or breakfast. Can’t wait to see you again.

  5. Trista mj says

    Thank you for the recipe. I made them last night for an event at my daughter’s school and they turned out amazing. I used Regular King Arthur whole wheat flour. I don’t shop at WalMart very often, but I am going there today to stock up on gingerbread m&ms.

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