Candied Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread that is perfectly buttery rich and crumbly is one of the simplest forms of cookie enjoyment. It’s not a baked good I grew up making, but I always liked when someone else would offer me some of their own. I’ve found myself experimenting with shortbread more and more the past few years. And my appreciation for it has only grown stronger.

These Candied Ginger Shortbread Cookies are a special sweet bite for those trying to maneuver their way around the chocolate-dipped and sprinkles-overloaded cookies on the holiday treat platter. They are delicate and crumbly and lightly sweet. And those little chewy morsels of zingy candied ginger are heavenly. And so pretty. Absolutely lovely with a cup of tea or coffee.

Candied Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 48 cookies


  • 1/2 lb. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped candied ginger (also called crystallized ginger)


With an electric mixer on low speed, combine butter and sugar for about 30 seconds. Beat in egg yolk, then flour, cornstarch, and salt, until the mixture barely holds together. Do not overbeat. Gently fold in the candied ginger.

Lay out 2 pieces of plastic wrap that are about 12'' long. Divide dough in half. Place each half on the center of separate pieces of plastic wrap. Using the plastic wrap, gently shape each piece of dough into a 6'' long log, about 2'' in diameter. Wrap tightly with the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

Preheat oven to 275°.

With a sharp knife, slice cookies 1/4'' thick and place on baking sheet, spacing 1'' apart. Bake cookies until just firm but still quite tender and not at all brown, about 30 minutes. Cool for a minute on the baking sheet before removing to a rack to finish cooling.


Adapted from The New York Times recipe by Mark Bittman.

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30 Responses to “Candied Ginger Shortbread Cookies”

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    Sommer@ASP — December 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Oh I would be ALL OVER these cookie in a heart beat!

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    Liane — December 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Perfect! I will definitely try these. I keep candied ginger on hand for when I travel. I helps to curb motion sickness! Can’t wait to try these for a cookie party next week.

    • Brenda replied on December 13th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      So nice to hear from you, Liane – hope you like these!

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    Aggie — December 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I love shortbread cookies, they might be one of my favorites. And, I love candied ginger…mmm, wish I had one of these :)

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    Paula - bell'alimento — December 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

    You had me at candied ginger! Love ’em!

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    Donna — December 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I have some candied ginger sitting in my cupboard waiting for a great recipe like this! Thanks Brenda and Happy Holidays to you and your family! :-)

    • Brenda replied on December 13th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Hope you like these, Donna! :)

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I love shortbread!! This is gorgeous, Brenda! I bet the ginger is such a great flavor with all that butter!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I adore these! Yum!

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    Mercedes — December 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I love the clean spice that ginger adds, but I have never baked with the candy variety. I am adding these to my list! Thanks!

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    Paula — December 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I love shortbread…to a fault actually :) The candied ginger is a lovely addition and I just know these are the perfect tea cookie ;)

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I love shortbread and this is mouthwatering!

  11. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Beautiful shortbread!

  12. #
    kristy @ the wicked noodle — December 13, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Shortbread is probably my favorite cookie. I’ve never tried it with candied ginger – sounds sooo good!!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Oh candied ginger is a fave of mine for sure!

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    Shaina — December 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I love adding candied ginger to my shortbread. I apparently have issues, though, because I also do orange zest, dip half in white chocolate, and then sprinkle with MORE candied ginger. I seriously can’t get enough of the stuff. Your cookies look gorgeous!

    • Brenda replied on December 13th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Well, that sounds perfectly delicious!!

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    Sheila — December 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Oh how I love candied ginger…its the best. These cookies are the bomb! perfect Christmas cookie.

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    cheryl — December 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I love Shortbread cookies! I bought some Walkers to go with my cappuccinos. I would love some of these with ginger.

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    nest of posies — December 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    your cookies look picture perfect! i love candied ginger!

  18. #
    marla — December 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I’m not really a fan of candied ginger, but I think I could be persuaded to give these a try. So pretty!

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    Amanda — December 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

    These sound wonderful, and the presentation is so festive and beautiful!

    • Brenda replied on December 19th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you, Amanda!

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    Lauren — October 31, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I never ever bake and thought I’d treat myself to trying something new – I was so excited to make these – however they were ruined because I’m an idiot and didn’t realise that 275 degrees meant fahrenheit (not celsius)! They were burnt within minuets! :( might be helpful for other new bakers to know in future!

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    Jessica — December 16, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Just rolled up this dough into logs and popped it into my refrigerator to be sliced and baked tomorrow afternoon… will be a host gift for a holiday party tomorrow evening. The dough is gorgeous (and delicious)! This came together so easily. If these cookies turn out well after baking, your recipe will definitely be added to my yearly holiday cookie repertoire. Thank you for posting!

    • Brenda replied on December 18th, 2014 at 6:24 am

      Wonderful! Enjoy!


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