Best Ginger Cookies
This recipe makes a heap of wonderful ginger cookies. I only made 12 and I have all this cookie dough in the fridge screaming to be baked.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
  • 4-1/2 c. flour
  • 4 tsps. ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 tsps. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 c. shortening
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ c. molasses
  • ½ c. coarse sugar or granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening until softened.
  4. Gradually add the 2 cups granulated sugar and beat til fluffy.
  5. Add eggs and molasses and beat well.
  6. Add half of flour mixture, beat til combined. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon. (or in a heavy duty mixer)
  7. Baking setup takes 2 steps but both are quick. Drop a tablespoon full of the mix on to a piece of waxed paper or baking paper and shape into balls.
  8. Put ½ c. coarse sugar (or regular granulated sugar) in a shallow bowl and roll the balls in the sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2-1/2 inches apart.
  9. Finally, using a glass or cup, press cookies to about ½? thickness. (I made mine thinner because I like them thin)
  10. Bake in 350 oven 12-14 min. or until cookies are light brown and puffed. (If you’re like me and like them thin, it’s about 6 – 8 minutes)
  11. Do not overbake or cookies will not be chewy. Let stand 2 min. before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
If you're all alone, don't bake them all. You'll just keep eating and your waistline won't be happy.
Recipe by Orgasmic Chef at