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ginger cookies stacked on a plate

Ginger Cookies

Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 202kcal
Ginger Cookies will make your house smell like Christmas and are a holiday must-have. Easy to make with just a handful of ingredients, perfectly spiced Ginger Cookies are wintertime favorites.
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour All-Purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice -I use Watkins or Penzey's
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup shortening or unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 egg
  • additional sugar for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, spices, and salt; set aside.
  • In another bowl, beat shortening for 30 seconds.
  • Add sugar and beat until fully blended, about 2 minutes.
  • Add molasses and egg. Beat until combined 1-2 minutes.
  • Add dry ingredients all at once.
  • Beat on low speed just until dry ingredients are moist.
  • Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls.
  • Dip each ball into cold water and shake off excess water.
  • Roll the wet ball in sugar. (For a lighter coating of sugar, don't dip in the water first).
  • Place dough balls 3 inches apart on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 11-14 minutes. (The cookie should be just a little underbaked when you take them out of the oven.)
  • Remove immediately from the cookie tray and place on cooling racks.
  • Store in an airtight container. These freeze well.

Notes

  • You can swap the shortening for unsalted butter. The texture will be slightly different but they will still be delicious!
  • Don't overmix the dough. The wet and dry ingredients should be just barely combined.
  • Leave about 3 inches of space between each ball of cookie dough on the baking sheet. They will spread during baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg