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Easy Molasses Ginger Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
42 mins

If you love baking and sharing delicious cookies, but don't have a lot of time to fuss with fancy recipes, these Easy Molasses Ginger Cookies are for you!

Course: Dessert/Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30
Calories: 110 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¼ cup very soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup sanding sugar Demerara, Turbinado or granulated sugar, for rolling
  1. Combine shortening, softened butter, sugar, egg and molasses in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.
  2. Sprinkle flour, baking soda and spices evenly over the mixture in the bowl. Stir until all flour has been incorporated.

  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper for easy clean up.

  5. Place rolling sugar (sanding, Demerara, Turbinado or granulated) in a medium-size shallow bowl. Scoop up dough and roll into 1 1/2-inch balls. Roll balls in sugar until coated.

  6. Place dough balls on prepared sheet pan, spaced 1 1/2-inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for one minute, then transfer to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above 

Adapted from The Gold Lining Girl

Nutrition Facts
Easy Molasses Ginger Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 90mg4%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.