Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

A recipe my mom always made for us. I think she is the reason I love all those nutty spices like ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves - the list goes on and on. These are great with a nice cup of tea for dipping! The dough needs to chill 2 hours before rolling out for cutting - so allow this extra time. The amount of cookies will vary depending on the size and shape of the cookie cutters you use. For a standard 2" round cutter, you will get approximately 40 cookies from this recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the shortening, brown sugar and molasses.
  3. Stir in the 1/2 c cold water.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, and spices (NOT the baking soda).
  5. Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.
  6. In a small bowl, stir the baking soda into the 3 tbls of cold water; then stir into the other dough mixture.
  7. Chill dough for a minimum of 2 hours.
  8. Roll out dough to a 1/2" thickness.
  9. Cut with cookie cutters of your desired shape/design.
  10. Place 2 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet.
  11. Bake for 14-16 minutes.
Most Helpful

These cookies are very good. The molasses flavor is very intense and I would like to taste more of the ginger. I did chill my dough well over 2 hours, but the dough did stick to the counter when I tried to roll it. I don't know if you are supposed to add flour, but I didn't think that would look very nice since these cookies are brown. So, instead of continuing the rolling, I rolled them into balls and then into granulated sugar like I do with my recipe for ginger cookies. These cookies did not flatten, however, which was fine. I baked the first batch for 12 minutes. However, that was too long for me since I like them a little bit soft. The next batches were baked for only 10 minutes. Overall, this is a very good cookie and if you like a strong molasses flavor, you will love these. Thanks for sharing!

Lainey6605 January 08, 2009

Made for 123 tag. I chose to copy Lainey's method by rolling them into balls and then sugar...I just LOVE these cookies...I'm a huge fan of ginger!

Lorrie in Montreal February 03, 2009

Always love the smell & taste of ginger anything, & these cookies are no different ~ They're GREAT! I did make mine considerably bigger & got 25 cookies from the recipe! Also used a dark brown sugar (The more molasses, the better!)! Thanks for posting! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup cooking game]

Sydney Mike July 31, 2008