Chewy Ginger Drop Cookies Recipe
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Chewy Ginger Drop Cookies Recipe

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THIS RECIPE originated with my grandmother. My mom, an excellent baker, also made these cookies. Then I baked them for my daughters made them...and now my granddaughters are making them - a true legacy I'm happy to share. -Lois Furcron, Coudersport, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Additional sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 174 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 86 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Combine flour, baking soda, ginger and salt. Combine molasses and water. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with molasses mixture.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350° for 13-15 minutes or until edges are set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Chewy Ginger Drop Cookies in Reminisce January/February 2000, p45

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Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"This cookie is really good and also really quick to make. The ingredients are things that I always have on hand, so I will be adding this recipe to my favorites. Besides being absolutely delicious, the texture of these cookies is amazing!!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"Thank you for sharing this recipe. When I was a 4-Her, I learned to make a cookie that tasted very similar to this. My 4-H cooking leader has passed and took this wonderful recipe with her and I'm so glad to have a replacement to share with my kids."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2009

"To this recipe, I added 1/2 cup

ginger pieces (cut up fine) and all those who ate them wanted the recipe. The ginger pieces bring out the richness of thus cookie."

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