Crackle-Top Gingerbread Cookies

Crackle-Top Gingerbread Cookies

1-hour 40-Minute recipe Serves 48
Ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg make these cookies flavourful, while finely chopped dates give them an extra chewy, sweet texture. Tip: Make this an interactive activity with the kids! Prepare dough the night before, and set up a sugar rolling station for the dough balls — they'll love it.
1-hour 40-Minute recipe Serves 48


Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 10 mins
  • 1

    Pour boiling water over 3/4 cup dates in a medium bowl. Set aside for 15 minutes.

  • 2

    Meanwhile, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cloves in a large bowl.

  • 3

    Whisk egg, brown sugar, molasses, margarine into date-water mixture.

  • 4

    Make a well in centre of flour mixture. Pour in egg mixture. Stir until combined. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup dates. Refrigerate, covered, until dough is firm, about 1 hour.

  • 5

    Position rack in centre of oven, then preheat to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Spread sugar on a plate.

  • 6

    Roll dough into 1-in balls, then roll in sugar to coat completely. Arrange balls 2-in apart on prepared sheets.

  • 7

    Bake until cookies are puffed, but still soft when lightly touched, about 9 to 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.

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