Drop Ginger Cakes (Cookies)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 14 mins

Made for my son's school where they devote a week every year to "Old-Fashioned School". They go to an authentic one-room schoolhouse, wear period clothes, write on slates, read out of McGuffey Readers, play with old-timey toys, etc. I got this recipe from the Texas Hill Country website: http://texfiles.com/pioneercooking/index.htm . "Written on odd scraps of paper, old envelopes and the backs of cancelled checks, these recipes were discovered in an old kitchen cabinet purchased at a garage sale. The recipes, dating from the late 1800s to early 1900s, were used by the pioneers...." The original is as simple as this: Drop Ginger Cakes. Take one cup of sugar, 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of molasses, 1 cup of boiling water, 3/4 cup of butter, 2 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoonfuls of soda, 1 teaspoonful of ginger, 1/2 teaspoonful of cinnamon, and a little grated nutmeg. Below is how I did it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Mix the butter, sugar, molasses, and water together. Mix in the eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, soda, and spices.
  4. Add to the wet ingredients, mix well, and drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.


Most Helpful

These big soft, tender cookies are packed full of flavor. The texture is wonderful. The ginger cookies were easy to make with nice results. I also added 1 1/4 cups of flour to help thicken the batter. We really enjoyed these, they were a great addition to our christmas platter. Thank you so much for sharing.

Baby Kato December 28, 2009

These are delicious, and they remind of of the old-fashioned cookies my Grandmother made. The molasses and sugar added the perfect amount of sweetness, and the ginger provided a subtle taste, not overwhelming as in other ginger cookies I've tried. I did have to add 1 1/4 cups extra flour because the dough was very thin and wouldn't hold its shape when I put it on the cookie sheet. With the addition of the extra flour these came out perfectly!! Thanks for posting this delicious recipe!!

TasteTester August 19, 2008

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