Cook the Book – Grandma’s Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies

Grandma’s Ginger Cookies

This recipe was first given to me by my grandma, in her hand writing.  The card still rests in my recipe box with all of the other memories she gave me.  The smell of them baking always brings the feel of how soft a hug was from her.

My grandma used shortening (Crisco) but I now replace that with butter.  I leave it here in honor of her.

You can also use this recipe to make bars – simply spread the dough evenly in a greased 9 x 13-inch pan and bake at 350° for around 30-40 minutes.  We usually make bar cookies on the boat, but I’ll make these for the crew if they roll them and dust them with sugar.  Why bar cookies?  Because on a wood stove there are so many hot spots that they burn in a heart beat – can’t even get a sentence in before I have to turn them.

3/4  cup shortening
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4  cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
Granulated sugar as needed

Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large bowl, mix together the shortening, brown sugar, egg, and molasses.  Mix in the remaining ingredients.  Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, roll them in the sugar, then place them on an ungreased cookie pan. Bake for 10 minutes; cool on a rack.

Makes 2 dozen

If your grandma is still living, call her up today and tell her you love her

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3 thoughts on “Cook the Book – Grandma’s Ginger Cookies

  1. my mom makes something like this and calles ’em molleses crinkles. And if she does the bars she makes a glaze for the top. Either way they are amazing!

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