Chewy Ginger Cookies

When I got married over ten years ago, my grandmother gave me a stack of “cooking” magazines she had saved since the 70’s. I guess she was trying to help, since I kind of suck at cooking. But I can bake! So when I was thumbing through those magazines and found this recipe I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did!

After trying it the first time, we were hooked and I have been making these Chewy Ginger Cookies ever since. The magazine is long gone, but the recipe is now handwritten in my recipe book for future generations. And now I share it with you, so that your family can enjoy that little recipe I found in a magazine from long ago……

¾ Cup shortening                   1 Cup sugar
1 egg                                      ¼ Cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract        2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon              1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda           1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves

Now I am a “commando” baker. I just throw all my ingredients into a bowl and mix. But if you must, you start by creaming the shortening and the sugar together. Then add the egg, molasses and vanilla and mix well. After combining the dry ingredients in another bowl, add them to the mix. Make sure your dough is well combined.

Next make the dough into 1 inch balls. Take some extra sugar and put it in a bowl. You then roll the balls in the sugar. This is a wonderful thing for children to help with AFTER they wash their hands. LOL Sorry but my country kids are boys and boys have dirty hands. The dusting of sugar not only adds a little sweet, but it makes the cookies sparkle when they are cooked! Place the balls on an UN-greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Yes, these cookies are just that simple! Oh but they taste so very yummy. I hope after whipping up a batch this Christmas season, that little recipe I found in a long ago magazine makes its way into your recipe book too!

28 thoughts on “Chewy Ginger Cookies

  1. I had a recipe similar to this one and lost it, so I was really excited when I seen yours. Does your recipe really not have baking soda or salt? I made the cookies and they didn't turn out the way I expected them to, so I checked my cook books and most ginger cookie recipes did.

    1. OMG *egg on my face** I left off the last three ingredents!!! Thank you so very much for questioning that!!! LOL The recipe has been fixed. That's what you get when you try to write a post with a sick kid on the couch and a toddler trying to steal the computer mouse!

  2. Chewy cookies are my favorite; gingerbread is too hard so this sounds perfect. Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you'll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi @

    1. I am sorry… I am not very good with tech stuff and still haven't figured out how to put a print feature on a blog post 🙁 You could print the whole thing or write it down. Sorry 🙁

  3. OK so don't think I am a stalker but out of the 500 or so links in the party I attended (the saddest party I have ever been invited to, thank you), I picked two links. Wanna guess who's blog they are from??
    Where have you been all of my life?
    I swear I am not a stalker.

    1. LOL Stalk away! I try not to look at what other bloggers are doing. Most are regurgitating the same content. I try to do my own thing and if it has been done before (which, lets face it, everything has been done before) then at least I didn't get an idea from someone from a party the week before. Does that make sense? Probably not, I tend to ramble LOL

  4. These sound amazing!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. Looking at this recipe is making my mouth water! I've been on a ginger kick lately and I bet these are fantastic. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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