Drop Ginger Cakes (Cookies)

READY IN: 24mins
Recipe by mliss29

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.

Top Review by Baby Kato

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.

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.

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