Heavenly Scented Soft Ginger Cookies

Total Time
1hr 42mins
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 12 mins

From Bon Appetit January 2006. When I tested these the first time I had to add an extra egg. Is it just my imagination, or are eggs getting smaller? Prepare your nose for the wonderful scent!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients.
  2. Add the molasses, shortening and egg; beat to blend ingredients well. Next, beat in the boiling water. Chill dough 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°.
  4. Roll the chilled dough by tablespoonful into balls. Roll each ball into granulated sugar.
  5. Place the balls 2-inches apart on ungreased aluminum baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake the cookies until puffed and cracked on top and centers still feel very soft; approximately 12 minutes.
  7. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool.
  8. Don't forget to leave some cookies out for Santa Claus!
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Super easy, gorgeous, and delicious!! My husband ate one and said he could eat a whole dozen.

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