Christmas is coming. Are you ready for the holidays? Many people think of cookies around this time of year. Are you ready to taste the best cookies ever? Have you ever heard of ganjang cookies (soy sauce cookies) before? “Ganjang” is the Korean word for “soy sauce.” My husband had a crazy idea about making cookies using soy sauce. I thought his idea was funny at first. I thought he was joking, but he was serious! lol Right away, he started tasting Sempio’s soy sauce and had a very positive imagination for making delicious cookies with it. So we worked together and made this fabulous Christmas cookie recipe for you. Using soy sauce instead of salt was a great idea for adding extra flavor to the cookies. They are a sweet cookie with extra flavor from cinnamon and ginger. They have a chewy and soft texture. Try these soy sauce cookies this holiday.
Yield: 3½ Dozen
Short Korean Lesson
- GanJang (간장) = Soy Sauce
- SeongTanJeol (성탄절) = Christmas
- 2¼ Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Egg
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- ¾ Cup Unsalted Butter
- ¼ Cup Corn Syrup
- 2 tsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Cinnamon Powder
- ½ tsp Ginger Powder
- ¼ Cup Powdered Sugar (Garnish)
Mix 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 egg well in a large mixing bowl. When you measure the brown sugar, make sure that you pack the cup firmly. Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees.
Mix 1 tsp of baking soda, ½ tsp of cinnamon powder, and ½ tsp of ginger powder thoroughly in a small bowl. Make sure that the baking soda doesn’t have any lumps. Then add 2 tsp of soy sauce and ¼ cup of corn syrup. The soy sauce will give a slightly salty, but nice flavor to the cookies and the corn syrup will help make them chewy.
Mix everything well.
Pour the soy sauce mixture into the sugar and egg mixture.
Pour ¾ cup of softened unsalted butter into the sugar mixture and mix it well.
Put about a third of the 2¼ cups of flour into the mixture and stir it together. Do this step 2 more times, using up the remaining flour.
When all the flour is mixed together evenly, the cookie dough is ready to be baked.
Scoop the cookie dough with a medium cookie scoop or spoon. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, roll the dough into balls the size of a quarter.
Place the dough balls on an ungreased baking sheet. The cookies will flatten when baked, so the balls should be at least 2 inches apart.
Bake the cookies in your 350 degree oven for about 9 to 11 minutes. When the cookies start to brown, they are done.
Take the cookies out of the oven.
Cool them on wire racks.
When the cookies are still warm, sprinkle powdered sugar on them.
I baked the cookies with my 4 years old son today. He enjoyed making cookies with mommy a lot. He loved the cookies too. Like many of my other recipes, this recipe is very easy to make. Have a great time making these cookies as I did. Enjoy!