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5 from 5 votes

Spicy Ginger Date Cookies

These cookies are made with fresh ginger for a spicy, sweet, chewy treat that's perfect for after dinner. Made healthier with whole wheat flour and half the sugar of your average cookie!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Refrigeration time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 95kcal
Author: Elizabeth Lindemann




  • Mix together the whole wheat flour (2 cups), baking soda (1/2 teaspoon), kosher salt (1/2 teaspoon), and ground ginger (1 tablespoon) in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt together butter (1/2 cup), molasses (1/2 cup), sugar (1/2 cup), and fresh ginger (2 tablespoons). Allow to cool for a bit, and whisk in the egg. Stir in the dates (1 cup).
  • Add butter mixture to flour mixture, stirring to just combine.
  • Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready to bake, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put the turbinado sugar (1/2 cup) in a small bowl.
  • Using a small kitchen scoop or spoon, get small portions of the dough and roll into no bigger than 1-inch balls.
  • Coat each ball in turbinado sugar and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake each batch for 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.


  • The provided nutrition information does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg