Gramma's Ginger Cookies
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Sweet, spicy and so delicious. Fresh from the oven or cooled, they are a delightful cookie that is somehow soothing too
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 24 - 36 cookies
  • ¾ cup soft shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon cloves
  • ¾ teaspoon ginger
  1. Assemble all your ingredients. When measuring your spices, add them to the cups of flour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Grease cookie sheets (or use parchment paper)
  4. Cream together the shortening, sugar, egg and molasses. It will be smooth and creamy when ready.
  5. Mix in the dry ingredients. I like to mix in the spices with the flour before adding it to the shortening and molasses. That way they will be more thoroughly spread throughout the dough.
  6. Shape into 1 inch balls. Space 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. As you can see in the photo, the AirBake cookie sheets will usually hold 20 teaspoon size cookies on a pan.
  7. Sprinkle lightly with sugar. If you prefer a flatter, crisper cookie, at this point you can flatten the cookie dough with a fork, then sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. For soft cookies, they will barely be browning when done.
  9. Cool before storing. Usually it only takes 10 to 15 minutes cooling before they are ready to go into a sealed container. I'll bag them up into a dozen cookies per zip bag and put them in the freezer at this point too.
Recipe by JAQUO Lifestyle Magazine at