Fresh ginger biscuits / cookies

14 May


My mum’s birthday and Mother’s Day are just one week apart, which means trying to get presents for both events is tricky. First world problem, I know, but after all my mum has done [and continues to do] for me I feel I need to give her something.

Mum adores ginger and last year I made her a jar of Donna Hay gingerbread biscuits, which she loved.


This year I had a ginormous amount of fresh ginger so searched out a cookie recipe that used the real stuff. I found it at

This produces a spicy biscuit, which is perfect for ginger fans. The original recipe called for the cookie to be rolled in sugar before baking but I opted to stud mine with dark choc, and some with walnut pieces, and some with both [for those indecisive moments].

I also reduced the amount of sugar in the original recipe as I wanted something a bit tart.

You’ll need an hour to chill dough so allow plenty of time when making this [guess who didn’t?]



2 ¼ cups plain flour

2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger [tip – keep your ginger in the freezer to make grating simple]

1 egg

¼ cup golden syrup

¾ cup caster sugar

170g butter

walnut pieces or dark chocolate pieces to decorate


Grease and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

In bowl of electric mixer beat ginger, butter, and sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in golden syrup and egg then fold in flour until just combined.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for an hour.

Preheat oven to 170C and roll golf ball size clumps of dough.

Place on tray, flatten gently with fork and top with walnut or chocolate [or both].

Bake for 14-ish minutes and allow to cool on rack.


26 Responses to “Fresh ginger biscuits / cookies”

  1. Awanthi @ I Speak Awanthi May 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    YUM! Can I have one?

    One? Scratch that. Can I have – uhm – ten? 😀

    • thehungrymum May 15, 2013 at 4:15 am #

      For you Awanthi I’ll make you a whole jar 🙂

  2. Choc Chip Uru May 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    These cookies look perfect my friend, great recipe 😀


    • thehungrymum May 15, 2013 at 4:16 am #

      Oh, shucks! Thanks for your sweet words CCU x

  3. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen) May 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Happy Birthday and a happy mums day. A great this cookie to surprise your mom with. I love ginger cookies and think I really like them with the walnuts. Delicious.

    • thehungrymum May 15, 2013 at 4:17 am #

      Thanks – love being totally spoilt on mother’s day 🙂 Yes, walnuts & ginger are a fab combo x

  4. Liz May 15, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    Intriguing! Looking very classy 🙂 And thinking the fresh ginger would make them irresistible.

    • thehungrymum May 15, 2013 at 4:15 am #

      Thanks! Fresh ginger brings a whole new dimension – very ‘zingy’.

      • Liz May 23, 2013 at 2:37 am #

        p.s. the cookies in your gravatar photo look so so good! Glad to see you at foodforfun’s Happy Hour. Thanks for coming by 🙂

  5. andmorefood May 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    this looks great! I was just thinking of ginger cake at work today..

    • thehungrymum May 16, 2013 at 2:31 am #

      oooh, it must be a ginger kind of week 🙂

  6. tastytreats13 May 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Yum! These look great!

  7. ohlidia May 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    Ginger in cookies! Now these are my kind of cookies!! They look delicious!!

    • thehungrymum May 18, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      Excellent! Fresh ginger adds another dimension 🙂

  8. Nami | Just One Cookbook May 22, 2013 at 4:53 am #

    I adore ginger too, in dessert and savory dishes. Your mom must have felt very special (Happy belated birthday to her!). 🙂

    • thehungrymum May 23, 2013 at 9:09 am #

      Isn’t ginger amazing? I grate it into may savoury dishes as I believe in its medicinal properties. Thanks for popping by x

  9. girlinafoodfrenzy May 24, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Hey hungry mum! Love the use of fresh ginger in these real ginger biscuits! (I’m sure your mum did too.) As for that hungry mum ribbon it’s gorgeous and the perfect keep sake for your blog. Have you found a use for those multiple bottles of Chandon yet, I got very thirsty when I saw them on IG… 😉

    • thehungrymum May 24, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      hehehe! In reverse order I am actually enjoying a glass of Chandon as I type [yes, I suffer for my art 🙂 ]
      I love my personalised ribbon although I haven’t used that much of it 🙂

  10. merrystuber May 27, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    OMG these look so YUMMY! Like some of the other commenters, I too love the use of fres hginger!! Bet these taste AMAZING!!!

    • thehungrymum May 27, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      Thanks 🙂 Fresh ginger adds such an incredible dimension to just about anything

  11. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) May 30, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Fresh ginger, always a winner. Such great cookies for a gift.

    • thehungrymum June 1, 2013 at 10:47 am #

      I put fresh ginger in almost everything! I blame my mum – she adores the stuff!

  12. Sophie33 June 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    MMMM! thee would be even better with ground added gingerto the cookies: double yum!

  13. Christine (@cookingcrusade) June 17, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I have the opposite problem – every year my Dad’s birthday and Mother’s day are about a week apart and my Mum’s birthday and Father’s day are also a week a part! Talk about coincidences.. Hehe. I’ve never actually used fresh ginger in any of my baking before, just the ground stuff usually. Will definitely give it a try!

  14. Prateeksha July 25, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Wow these cookies look great gonna try them soon…thanks for sharing

    • thehungrymum July 29, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      Thanks for all your feedback & following my blog 🙂 I’m now following you, looking forward to exploirng your blog.

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