The Best Soft Ginger Cookies

Total Time
1hr 45mins
15 mins
1 hr 30 mins

I adore these cookies! I found the recipe in a cute cookbook called "365 quick and inexpensive dinner menus". Everyone (even those who say 'I don't like ginger cookies') loves these!

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  1. Combine shortening, sugar, molasses and egg and beat throughly.
  2. Add baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to flour and mix together.
  3. Gradually add flour mixture to shortening mixture.
  4. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  5. Roll into 1 inch bals and roll in granulated sugar.
  6. Place on cookie sheet (I like to flatten them slightly with bottom of a glass).
  7. Bake at 325 for 8 minutes **very important not to over bake or else they won't be soft!**.
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5 5

Excellent, easy recipe. Tastes a lot like Archway soft molasses cookies. Very quick to make. I increased the cinnamon, plus I added a pinch of allspice.

5 5

these are so yummy! pretty easy too! the only thing i would like to say is for us who aren't into baking as much and may not know- the cookies need to be soft (i mean, really soft- like they are still undercooked) or else they will harden after they come out. I am not a baker , and didn't know that cookies naturally harden a little after they come out of the oven... that being said, they are still good- just harder than intended!! great recipe!

4 5

Good cookies. But I waaay overcooked them (it just seemed too wet inside otherwise). They turned out to be perfectly acceptable ginger snap-like cookies.