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Ginger Thins Recipe

Ginger Thins Recipe

From Rock Island, Illinois, Eleanor Senske suggests a dollop of lemon sherbet complements her spiced treats nicely.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + freezing Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:21 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon cold strong brewed coffee
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Melted semisweet chocolate and chopped crystallized ginger, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy; set remaining sugar aside. Beat in molasses and coffee to creamed mixture. Combine the remaining ingredients; add to creamed mixture until well combined (dough will be soft).
  • 2. Cover and freeze for 15 minutes. Shape dough into a 7-in. roll; flatten to 1-in. thickness. Wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
  • 3. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/8-in. slices; place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with reserved sugar. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. If desired, dip cookies in melted chocolate and sprinkle with ginger. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (2 cookies) equals 81 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch.