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Chewy Ginger Cookies Recipe

Chewy Ginger Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 73 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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suefalk User ID: 6736080 258905
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2016

"Chewy is right! A soft, chewy, spicy cookie! Delicious!"

Khaduja User ID: 8111089 9963
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."

East_Coast_Girl User ID: 6228326 200545
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"Delicious and can't eat just one."

Mike Turner User ID: 1488112 8905
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

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

BigTimeBaker User ID: 7260777 6440
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."

cookinfanatic25 User ID: 6098804 7356
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

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

bitzee User ID: 6238972 17727
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"Great tasting!!! I rolled them in raw sugar otherwise did recipe the same. Would recommend to roll them out all at one time. as the last dozen got a little dried out and just a little crumbly to work with. I wouldn't double the recipe,just make one batch at a time. I didn't find them chewy...but really good flavor. Hubby liked them!!!"

Chewee User ID: 5327292 8845
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"Our family loves chewy cookies and these are the best! They travel better well and my chocolate loving kids love these even though they don't have any in them."

memaaa User ID: 3553302 17723
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"My family and my quilt guild loved these."

eeldouce User ID: 1607547 8514
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"I bake for work all the time. These cookies seem to be the favorite of everyone & get at least one request for the recipe every time I make them. They are quick and easy & make the house smell wonderful! One of my favorites too!!"

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