Chewy Ginger Cookies Recipe
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Chewy Ginger Cookies Recipe

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These moist, delicious ginger cookies have an old-fashioned appeal that'll take you back to Grandma's kitchen. I'm never surprised when these treats quickly disappear from my cookie jar.—Bernice Smith, Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 73 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, molasses and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 1-1/2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Chewy Ginger Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 1996, p54

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Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"This is the cookie everyone asks me to make and when I do, it has to be in multiple batches at a time. They do not last. I've recently started making them in a gluten free version that people seem to like more than when I made them with AP flour. This recipe is definitely a winner in my house."

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"Delicious and can't eat just one."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"Easy to make, great taste.I only cooked them for 9 minutes a batch."

Reviewed May. 13, 2013

"These cookies are delicious taste wise, however i was disappointed because they are not chewy AT ALL. I wouldn't say they are as hard as ginger snaps, but they are close to it. The flavor is great, but they aren't what i was looking for. They shouldn't put that they are chewy. If you want chewy ginger cookies than don't make these."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"I added 1/2 cup of molasses instead of a 1/4 to give it more flavor."

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