Learn how to make thick Gingerbread NYC Cookies. These buttery New York-style cookies are filled with warm spices and white chocolate. They’re easy to make and are ready to eat in under an hour.
I love gingerbread this time of year (or any time!). And these Gingerbread NYC Cookies are something special – trust me. Bursting with ginger and warm spices and oodles of white chocolate chips, they’re big, buttery, a little spicy and oh-so festive!
Using my secret for creating extra thick cookies, these super chunky Gingerbread Cookies are surprisingly easy to make.
There’s no chilling the dough, so they can be ready to eat in under an hour.
If you love thick New York-style cookies, you’re going to fall head over heels for these!
Why you will love this recipe
Super thick: If your dream cookie is extra chunky with crisp edges, you’ll love these BIG NYC Gingerbread Cookies.
Full of flavour: These cookies are full of ginger and spices, so they’re buttery, sweet and just a little spicy.
Quick and easy: My Gingerbread Cookie recipe requires no chilling, so these cookies can be ready to eat in under an hour. This easy recipe is perfect for amateur bakers!
Make-ahead: You can easily make the dough ahead of time and freeze it for the busy holiday season.
While I will always adore a Cut-Out Gingerbread Cookie, these thick NYC Gingerbread Cookies are next level.
When I was in New York City a few years ago, I was smitten with the chunky cookies that can found at popular establishments like Levain Bakery.
I even came home and made my own version of their Chocolate Chip Cookie – and my Copycat Levain Bakery Cookies are still one of my most popular recipes.
Through that recipe testing process, I discovered how much the temperature of your butter directly affects the thickness of your cookie.
When I started recipe testing this cookie, I tried adding golden syrup and molasses to the cookie dough. But while they were super tasty, the middle was just too fudgy.
Unlike my Chewy Molasses Cookies, the moisture was just too much for a chunky New York-style cookie.
Once I removed the molasses, and simply opted for more spices to create that fragrant gingerbread flavour, I discovered the ultimate NYC Gingerbread Cookie.
This beautiful Gingerbread Cookie is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
You don’t need any fancy ingredients to make a batch of these chewy cookies. Just the basics will create the most festive Christmas cookie.
Here’s a quick rundown of the key ingredients you will need, including any substitutions you can make.
- Cold butter: It is VERY important to use cold butter straight from the fridge to achieve the thickness we want here. If you choose to use room temperature butter, you will need to chill the dough before baking. If you use salted butter, omit the salt included in the recipe list.
- Brown sugar: You will only use brown sugar in this recipe – no granulated sugar or caster sugar is required. Brown sugar not only adds moisture and caramel notes, but it helps to prevent the cookies from spreading in the oven.
- Ginger: I’ve tested this recipe using storebought ground ginger. You may want to play around with the amount of ginger according to your taste. My measurements give a healthy dose of ginger, leaving you with a slight tingle on your tongue. But they are still kid-friendly – even my toddler approved!
- White chocolate chips: I tried this recipe using different types of chocolate, but found that white chocolate chips gave the best result. Chocolate chunks or hand-cut chocolate melt quicker than chocolate chips and cause the cookies to be slightly flatter (abeit still delicious). You can, of course, use any chocolate you prefer. But be aware that chocolate chunks or a block of chocolate may cause the cookies to spread a little more.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
How to make Gingerbread NYC Cookies
These chunky Gingerbread Cookies are so quick and easy to make – even if it’s your first time making a cookie.
You’ll need an electric mixer to make a batch. You can use a hand mixer but I find a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment works best.
Here’s a snapshot of how to make them. The full instructions are included in the recipe card below.
Step 1: In a large bowl, add butter and sugars. Mix using an electric mixer on medium speed until combined and creamy.
Step 2: Add vanilla and egg. Mix on medium speed just until combined.
Step 3: Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed until a soft cookie batter forms.
Step 4: Stir through chocolate chips.
Step 5: Portion out cookie dough (roughly 2 tablespoons each) into balls. Place on prepared baking sheets, leaving room for cookies to spread.
Step 6: Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with sea salt. Leave to cool completely.
Once completely cooled, you can keep leftover Gingerbread NYC Cookies covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container at room temperature.
So you’re not tempted to eat the whole batch, you might want to consider freezing some of the cookie dough.
Make Ahead: You can make the cookie dough ahead of time. Simply roll the cookie dough into balls and freeze. When you’re ready to bake, let the cookie dough thaw at room temperature before baking as per instructions below.
Here are my tips for creating classic NYC cookies every time.
- Use cold butter: For a truly thick cookie, it’s best to use cold butter straight from the fridge. Don’t be tempted to thaw your butter, otherwise you will need to chill the dough before baking.
- Get a baking scale: I highly recommend weighing out your dry ingredients using a kitchen scale. Too much flour can make your cookies dry and tasteless. It’s VERY easy to overmeasure flour when using a measuring cup.
- Don’t flatten the cookie dough balls: Once you portion the cookie dough into balls, don’t flatten them before baking. Simply leave them as balls and watch them spread while they bake.
Frequently asked questions
If your cookies spread too much and you used cold butter, you may have over-mixed the cookie dough – making the butter too warm. Next time, consider chilling the dough for 30 minutes before baking. Here are nine common reasons why cookies go flat in the oven.
You can make these cookies without the chocolate chips but they will spread a little more. The chocolate chips help keep the cookies thick and chunky. If you prefer you could add milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips. Even Caramilk chips would be lovely! Alternatively, you could add another mix-in, like roasted macadamia nuts instead.
These Gingerbread Cookies have some spice with the addition of ground ginger but they are not overly spicy. My 3-yo ate them with gusto!
Big thick New York-style Gingerbread Cookies.
- 115 grams (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter, COLD (straight from the fridge), roughly chopped
- 180 grams (1 cup) brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, cold
- 245 grams (1 and 3/4 cup) plain flour or all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 and 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 150 grams (1 cup) white chocolate chips
- Sea salt, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) standard / 160 C (320 F) fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking or parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, add cold butter and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until combined. Add vanilla and egg. Beat again until combined – but try not to over mix.
- Add flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and beat on a low speed until soft cookie dough forms. Add chocolate chips and beat briefly.
- Scoop out cookie dough, roughly 2 tablespoons per cookie, and place on prepared oven trays, leaving room for the cookie to spread.
- Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle cookies with sea salt. Leave cookies to cool completely.
Cold butter: It is VERY important to use cold butter straight from the fridge to achieve the thickness we want here. If you choose to use room temperature butter, you will need to chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before baking. If you use salted butter, omit the salt included in the recipe list.
White chocolate chips: I tried this recipe using different types of chocolate, but found that using chocolate chips gave the best result. You can, of course, use any chocolate you prefer. But be aware that chocolate chunks or a block of chocolate may cause the cookies to spread a little more than chocolate chips.
Storage: Once completely cooled, you can keep leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
Make Ahead: You can make the cookie dough ahead of time. Simply roll the cookie dough into balls and freeze. When you’re ready to bake, let the cookie dough thaw at room temperature before baking as per instructions above.