• Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Servings:
  • Preparation Time:


  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups shortening (I used butter flavored)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup sugar for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In large mixing bowl whisk together: flour, baking soda, ginger, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Set aside.
  • In mixing bowl beat shortening for 30 seconds.
  • Add sugar and beat until well combined.
  • Beat in eggs and molasses until combined, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  • Add as much of the flour mixture as your mixer can handle and fold in the rest by hand. (my KitchenAid handled the whole job nicely)
  • Shape dough into 2-inch balls.
  • Roll balls in the 3/4 cup coarse or granulated sugar.
  • Place about 2-1/2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Press dough balls slightly to flatten for more even baking.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are LIGHLTY brown and tops are puffed.
  • Do NOT overbake.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes and finish cooling on wire rack.
  • Enjoy!


Everyone LOVES these cookies. I will definitely be making them again!!!

Author Credit: Better Homes & Gardens

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