Ginger Pillow Cookies {Soft & Gently Spiced}

These pillowy soft, dangerously moreish, ginger treats are just what this weather calls for.

Summer’s over, no need to think about swimwear, shorts or baring flesh any more.

Just remember, no-one knows what shape you are under a huge cashmere jumper! So have another cookie.

You might want to make it one of these

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Ginger Pillow Cookies.

Delightfully crisp and crumbly on the outside, pillowy soft in the centre with the most glorious ginger kick.

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They’re the sort of cookie that bends as you break it in half, rather than snapping.

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Which is by far my favourite type of cookie.

(Yes, I’m calling them “cookies” rather than “biscuits” because they’re pretty huge and it suits the texture better.

Though naturally being British, they still live in the biscuit tin. Which comes out the second the kettle goes on.)

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As far as I can tell the original recipe was shared by amy1028 and I spotted it on Pinterest, I’ve made modest changes and I know you’re going to love sharing it with everyone you know too!

This’ll make about two dozen cookies:

2 1/4 cups (290g) plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (130g) caster sugar (granulated sugar)
1 medium egg
1 tablespoon water
1/4 (60g) cup molasses
A little extra caster sugar

Might sound silly, but if you’re going to use the cup measurements- make sure you have measuring cups! Lots of people think you can just use a teacup, but you need actual measuring cups.
Baking tray
Grease-proof paper
Flat bottomed glass

Start by pre-heating your oven to 180C/350F and lining a tray with grease-proof paper.
Sift together your flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.


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In a separate bowl (or ideally a KitchenAid if you’re as lazy as I am), cream together your butter and white sugar.

Once it’s light and fluffy, beat in your egg.

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Add your water and molasses.

Stir in your dry ingredients until it’s all combined and you’re left with a golden batter.

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Life doesn’t get much batter than this! ^

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Pour a little extra white sugar onto a side plate, just enough to cover it.

Take a walnut sized amount of batter and roll it into a ball, using your hands.

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Gently snowball it around the sugar plate, until you have a nice delicate coating.

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Place onto your baking tray.

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And smoosh with the bottom of a glass.

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Space each cookie a couple of inches apart, because they’ll spread in the oven.

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If you find your glass starts sticking to the cookies, just rub the bottom on the sugar plate between smooshes.

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Pop into the middle of the oven for 10mins.

Remove, and enjoy the cloud of festive scent that’ll fill your home for the rest of the afternoon!

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Leave the cookies on the tin for a few minutes to firm up a bit, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. (Promise me you’ll try one when they’re still warm from the oven!)

Then you can make another batch.

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Serve with a pot of good tea and some cold milk.

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(I bought this tea-set in a market last weekend and I’m pleased as punch with it!)

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These babies are the ultimate combo of autumnal bliss and Christmas cheer, with the smell of ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

The ginger gives a beautifully spicy aftertaste that gently builds over time.

There’s no way you can stop at just one!

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They’ll keep, in a tin, for about a week.

Good luck with that!

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  • Whether you call them biscuits or cookies they sound delicious! I love it when you get a slightly chewy bit in ginger biscuits!!

  • The slow pace

    What a delicious recipe! And I’m sure it smells heavenly! Iisn’t Pinterest the best place to look for new recipes? I’m obsessed!
    By the way, wonderful tea set! I love a classic piece!

    • Rosie

      Pinterest is the best place to search for everything! I’m fully addicted. xx

  • I’ve been really into baking recently so I may have to give them a try. I love the trick using the glass to flatten them, they come out so neater! x

    • Rosie

      Let me know how you get on L! x

  • Yum ! These look fantastic, definitely one to scent up the house! x

    • Rosie

      My flat STILL smells of ginger (and I LOVE it!) xx

  • Kirstie

    Your photos are always so perfect – these look delicious!

    Kirstie | Kirstie Pickering

    • Rosie

      Thanks K! These weren’t that easy with one hand and a heavy camera! x

  • ninegrandstudent

    These look great. I might have a play around with the recipe and try and make it crisper – I’m a ginger snap girl myself! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

    • Rosie

      I’m pretty new to the world of ginger. I got really into it a little while ago when I was trying to rid a cold with hot toddies! Now I can’t get enough of the stuff! x

  • These look delicious! Right up my street as I LOVE cookies and ginger biscuits are one of my fave for dunking in my brew! I shall be making these asap. x

    • Rosie

      Very excited to hear how you get on, Miss Wood! x

  • These biscuits sound absolutely divine! They must make the house smell heavenly while they’re baking away too!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

    • Rosie

      They really do Tess! x

  • These look so nice and yummy♥♥

  • This is such a fun recipe! No that I’m thinking about it, I haven’t had a ginger snap in years!

  • These look incredible! love how you can make a simple biscuit look so amazing.



    • Rosie

      Thanks L xx

  • Lucy Kim

    That cookies look so delicous:))

  • Anna D

    These look delicious! And I can only imagine how amazing they make your kitchen smell…
    xx, anna

  • Natalia Spyridaki

    You had me at “They’re the sort of cookie that bends as you break it in half, rather than snapping.” Lovely recipe as always! x
    Natalia –

    • Rosie

      Doesn’t that just tell you everything you need to know?! x

  • Fabulous! I was looking for a new cookie recipe to try 🙂

    • Rosie

      Perfect timing Ashley! x

  • These look delicious! I love anything with a bit of Christmas spice 🙂 xx

  • Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  • Maggie May

    I love the idea of smooshing the biscuit balls down with the bottom of a glass – never thought to do that before. I also love the fact that you have used the word smoosh. <3

    Maggie xx

    • Rosie

      Very underrated word, Maggie! x

  • E Victoria Zhu

    Such a lovely tea set! Where from?

    • Rosie

      I did mention in the post, I picked it up in a market! x

  • Emma

    Did you only paint one hand with the red nail polish or do I spy Mummy Londoner?
    Love the post – they look delicious! I will try! Thank you

    • Rosie

      Both hands in the pics are left hands!
      The other, sadly, does not belong to Mummy Londoner… she’s home in Somerset.
      Let me know how you get on! x

  • Oh wow! Rosie these look delicious! So ready for Christmas time and gingerbread cookies too!!

  • These cookies look so delicious and perfect! I am obsessed with ginger cookies this time of year so I am excited to try this recipe!

    – Dani |

  • Ash

    A good pot of tea and a cookie is my usual go-to for getting myself in the writing state of mind. I’m really looking forward to getting these into my usual rotation of short bread and amaretti’s that I keep in my pantry. Cue autumn!


    • Rosie

      Sounds like a very good practice, Ash. I’d like to come and do some writing in your house, if tea and biscuits are always on hand! x

      • Ash

        Well the Rocky Mountains (where I’m writing from) are extra beautiful this time of year, too.

  • They look delicious! I’m always looking for new cookie/biscuit recipes so I’ll be giving these a try!

  • Lucy Birchall

    I must give these a try! I’m always stick to the same flavours when it comes to baking (self confessed chocoholic, I’m all about chocolate everything), so would love to try something new like these. I can imagine these with a big mug of tea or hot chocolate, a cosy blanket and, dare I say it so soon, a festive film would be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    She’s So Lucy

    • Rosie

      Maybe even a hot chocolate, lucy?! x

  • Maëlle Bloret

    Just tried them tonight. Perfect! I had one (or two) fresh from the oven and they are the perfect cookies for a rainy autumn night. Thanks for the recipe Rosie!

    • Rosie

      So pleased M! Did you take a pic? x

  • Rosie

    I actually hadn’t considered the addition of chocolate to these… but what if you dunked them in molten chocolate and then let it set?!
    Look what you’ve done now CB…

  • Erin Jones

    Oh my goodness!!! Delicious ginger is my favorite type of cookie. I cannot wait to try these recipes.

    Rosie, was wondering if you had any old posts related to shops only in London. My mom is crossing the pond next week for a visit and was asking me what I would like as a gift from your beautiful city. I was hoping for something quintessentially English. We are from New York City so we have most of every thing but I would love advice on shops or places she could go that can only be found in Britain! I realize this is not related to this post at all, sorry to bother here about this topic. Just know that you are the right gal to direct this question to!


  • Can’t wait to try this recipe out and I’ve gotta say I love your photos – they’re always on point!

  • That tea set is adorable!! And I love the look of the biscuits even more 🙂 xxx

  • I love a soft chewy centre! These look amazing Rosie & I love your new tea set.

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • I always love your sweets recipes Rosie and can’t wait to try this one!


  • Emma and Emily

    These sound absolutely heavenly! They might be great with icing on for Christmas presents too!

    Emily x

  • Omg! Definitely trying these next!

  • Yummm I love ginger biscuits with tea! Can’t wait to try these x

    Martha Jane |

  • Lauren

    I made these last night and WOW. They came out perfectly!! Great taste and great texture. I put the dough in a tablespoon then rolled it and smashed it with the glass and they look so perfectly uniform! Love this recipe, thank you for sharing.

  • I’ve become addicted to IKEA’s pepparkakor (ginger biscuits) so i’m full blown in the ginger loving phase at the moment. Can’t wait to try these! xo

  • I might be hanged for heresy but these look like the perfect cookies to ‘dunk’ in your tea! So chewy and delicious. lately I’m addicted to finding recipes in Pinterest, you can find whatever you want there.


  • Ana Simões

    Hi Rosie! I love biscuits. And cookies. And autumn. And you. And ginger, let’s not forget that. However, I see a lot of “cloves” in dessert recipes and I need to ask: are they cloves as in garlic cloves? Are there any other cloves my portuguese self loses in translation? Thanks a lot for anyone who can explain The Clove Conundrum. I’ll be a better baker for it.

  • Erika Lange

    I made these with my husband last weekend and they came out great! We swapped out the regular flour for a gluten free blend and the cookie was still perfectly soft and delicious. Thanks for the new recipe to add to my collection!

  • I’m terrible at making cookies but mainly because half the cookie dough never quite makes it to the oven! These look so nice, I wouldn’t be able to resist chucking in some chocolate chunks though! xxx
    Lucy @

  • Caitlin Reid

    These look absolutely beautiful! I love cookies that are soft in the middle!!
    Going to make them tomorrow!
    Love your tea set too!