Ginger Cookies

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Servings: about 3 dozen
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 12 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar
1   egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
Additional sugar for rolling cookies





Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.  Using electric mixers, at low speed, cream the shortening and sugar until thoroughly combined.  Add the egg and molasses and beat until completely incorporated.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon ginger, cloves and salt and add to the mixture.  Stir until combined.  Roll the dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter.  Roll the balls in sugar.  Place 1/2 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten the balls slightly with fingertips.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Cool on wire racks.

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What molasses would you recommend using for cookies? I have yet to find one that I like. Thanks, Deb

By Deb on December 31, 2012


I am a cake decrator and baker at home, I love your pound cakes.The chocolate sour cream is to die forI would like to learn how to make cakes with out so much butter oil and suger.

By Janice Haskins on November 04, 2012


ilove this my parents nevered tried it but today i wil make it for them for a surprize yeahhhhhhhhhhhh

By brooklyn on September 23, 2012


my frist and never gonna be the last of paula and my mothers name is paula too! smile

By Anonymous on September 23, 2012


Made these cookies for my husband and he LOVED them. They are delicious and so quick and easy to make. My first Paula Dean recipe, but definitely not my last!

By Jazmin on January 02, 2012


Paula, I attempted to make your lemon drop mini cupcakes, and failed. Can you please tell me what I did wrong? They came out hallow in the middle. The only thing I can think of is that I didn't mix the batter well enough.Could that be what went wrong?

By Lucy on December 15, 2011


My teenage daughter and I made these cookies together for Thanksgiving. They were simple to make and absolutely delicious! I have always wanted to bake something that involved molasses. Thank you Paula, we love you!!!

By Angela Byous on November 24, 2011


Hey, paula my name is chaity in i just want, to say that me and my sisters and my mom. Love your show and i love your cookies I'am in a culb call key culb it is to help poeple and other who need it. In we was make some of your cookies and give them to poeple and they love it too.In just to let you know you have alot of friend down here Texas smile love Chasity

By Chasity Bell on November 20, 2011


I wish I had what ever cookie sandwhitch she ever made well not all of them but they still look good you probaly want to try one of those cookies I want to have one right now!

By Anonymous on September 29, 2011


YUM loved them, shared with the library staff and my W W leaders, they are not really Weight Watcher cookies but we surely enjoyed them. Thank you Paula for sharing. Think I have all your cookbooks.

By Barbara on January 10, 2011


This is my son's favorite cookie--he shares them with everyone he knows when I make them. However, if the oven isn't quite hot enough, you will get a very puffy cookie--this is how he likes them best!

By Anonymous on December 10, 2010


By Anonymous on November 19, 2010


This is a great cookie! we had to go back and make another batch. One batch was not enough.

By Anonymous on December 25, 2009


I have numerous recipes from great aunts and grandmothers for delicious chocolate chip, and peanut butter and etc etc cookies. I have never been able to find a good recipe for ginger cookies which are my favorites. This is by far the tastiest and easiest to make. Paula Deen, you rock.

By Anonymous on December 20, 2009


wonderful cookies, Thanks Paula Edna

By Anonymous on November 05, 2009


Try substituting molasses with sorgum, which you can find in many specialty stores and Amish restaurants and gift stores. Many people argue that molasses and sorgum are the same thing, but I think there is a BIG difference. To each his own taste bud! smile YUUUUMMMMYYY!

By Anonymous on November 03, 2009


These cookies are delicious, I just made them this morning! Thanks, Paula!

By Aubrey on July 07, 2009


By ilikebuttertoo on May 10, 2009


These are the best ginger cookies. Everone at my house loves them!

By ilikebuttertoo on May 10, 2009

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