Frosted Ginger Cookies Recipe
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Frosted Ginger Cookies Recipe

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My husband and I just built a new house in a small rural community in western New York. I work all day in an office, and I enjoy baking in the evening to relax. The wonderful aroma of these soft delicious cookies in our oven has made our new house smell like home. -Jeanne Matteson, South Dayton, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 226 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in molasses and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 12-15 minutes or until cookies spring back when touched lightly (do not overbake). Remove to wire racks.
  3. For frosting, in a large saucepan, bring the brown sugar, milk and butter to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat (mixture will look curdled at first). Cool for 3 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt; mix well. Frost warm cookies. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Ginger Cookies in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p29

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bethangel User ID: 8620437 237511
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"Cookies have to be place flat on the pan because they do not rise very much. I thought they were a bit dry and not chewy. By using brown sugar (I even used lite brown sugar) the frosting is not a creamy white color as in the photo. They are way too sweet. So sweet to the point of being a fail. I made these for a work party and ended up scrapping them due to embarrassment and ran to the store to get a brownie mix. I thought they were awful. Don't waste your time or money on these!"

ABiggie User ID: 5510072 232198
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"These are my husband's favorite cookies. I usually need to increase the frosting by half to have enough for all the cookies. They're delicious with or without frosting though."

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 215256
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"I like these a lot, but I rarely get around to frosting them and they are still great!"

NeenKay User ID: 8149832 214475
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"I haven't even iced them yet, and they're amazing! Making these for Christmas, going to color the icing green and red."

cienie User ID: 7382792 11617
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"I'm glad I have friends because if I couldn't have given away most of the batch, I would have eaten all the cookies. Plus, they stayed fresh for several days."

dilbert098 User ID: 3743376 6913
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"Can't remember when I made them, it's been at least a year.. and my husband just asked for them again. Definitely a keeper"

mfolson User ID: 7168166 9082
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"This is right at the "top of the list" favorite cookie I make for my family! Marie Olson,Amboy,MN"

MY REVIEW User ID: 5844959 11095
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"A family favorite at Christmas time."

COOKFROMTHECAPE User ID: 6163398 8779
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"I was looking for a new cookie recipe for my care packages and goodie baskets, when I came across these cookies. The smell was heavenly and the cookies were soft and sinfully delicious. They were a hit with both kids and adults alike. I used them with and without frosting with great success and cannot keep up with the requests."

owleyes872 User ID: 5680466 9081
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"You don't need to frost these cookies. I took them to work and receive rave reviews from everyone who tried them."

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