Ginger Cookies

Total Time:
37 min
25 min
12 min

about 3 dozen

  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats. Using an electric mixer 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 your fingertips. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

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These are quite delicious and one of the easiest cookies I have ever made. The amount of spice is just right and they are deliciously moist. I will definitely be making these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love these cookies! I tried them using honey rather than molasses which I preferred! They are an easy to make delicious cookie! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are perfect! Cooked a little longer (3+ minutes) and they are crunchy which I prefer. I love Paula's recipes. Food netwook is crazy for letting her go. I no longer watch this station as much as I used to, I need receipes that are useful and I can find what's needed at my local store. Simple but good recipes-Paula recipes-that what I want. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are easy to make and quite delicious but I had to change the recipe a little. I doubled the amount of ground ginger and added 1/4 cup of crystalized ginger. Also substituted butter for vegetable shortening as that was all I had. Also used organic whole wheat pastry flour as well. For these reasons I give it only three stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just finished baking this and they were delicious!! Very easy to make. Fallowed the recipe to the T and they came out perfect!!! My family loved them!! Thanks Paula! Miss your show! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm giving this 2 stars because the taste was still good, but only after I made changes. I don't understand all the positive/5 star reviews. I followed this recipe exactly and by taste-testing the batter I could tell it was very bland. I ended up tripling the ginger. Still, the cookies were so soft in the middle and crusty on the outside, I couldn't really get them off the pan without scraping and making them 'ugly' and lose cookie form. Like I said, we ate some of them, but I didn't even bother saving these because they couldn't feasibly be moved to my cookie jar or even placed in a ziplock baggie adequately. No good, Paula. This recipe needs a lot of re-working in my book. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent taste, the best recipe I ever tried. Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very, very good. Hard to stop eating these cookies. Definitely let them cool first - they're even better! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Freaking awesome! Didn't change anything. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are delicious! My son loves ginger cookies and he asked if we could make some this weekend. We looked over several recipes before deciding on this one - the reviews were great and Paula never disappoints! We weren't disappointed either. My boys LOVED them and said they were the best ginger cookies they've had - I have to agree! They are the perfect melody of chewiness on the inside but firm on the outside. They are sweet, but not too sweet with just the right hint of all the included flavors, still allowing the ginger to take center stage. We have found a new staple in our house! YUM!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you did all these changes to the recipe, why did you give her recipe 3 satars? It seems to me you messed yp her recipe and then penalized her. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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