Total Time
1hr 8mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 8 mins

Great cookies, I got them from and English friend of mine.


  1. Cream the shortening, sugar, egg, molasses and water.
  2. Mix in the flour, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.
  3. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  5. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for about 8 minutes.
Most Helpful

Ah... childhood memories! I had completely forgotten how much I enjoyed these little diamonds as a kid and was overjoyed to see that some astute person had unearthed a good recipe for them. I used caster sugar (for smoother texture), fresh ground ginger (that's the purist in me) and good English treacle instead of molasses (accept no American wannabe-treacle substitute). Mirj, you've never let me down, and this is no exception.

Mille® November 05, 2002

Nice and light cookies. Great flavor without being overpowering, and soft! However, my dough was a bit wet so I piped the dough onto the cookie sheet...worked great actually!

Thedeath458 August 13, 2006

These cookies didn't work too well for me. I think the ginger taste was a little too strong for my taste. But I liked the texture & they were easy to put together. Thanks anyway for the taking the time to post this recipe.

LUVMY2BOYS July 10, 2005