This is an easy recipe used by my grandma to make crunchy cookies.

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Servings:
12
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and confectioners' sugar. Stir in the egg. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the creamed mixture. Finally, stir in the ginger. Cover the dough, and refrigerate for at least a 1/2 hour.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees c).

  • Dust a clean, dry surface with corn starch. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness, and cut out cookies with the cutter of your choice. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart on unprepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are slightly brown at the edges. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

179 calories; protein 2.2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 21.9g 7% DV; fat 9.1g 14% DV; cholesterol 15.5mg 5% DV; sodium 33mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
This recipe is wonderful! I used 1/4 c. applesauce and 1/4 c. smart beat instead of 1/2 c. shortenning. And I did not roll the dough I just made it into balls and flattened them with my hands. I used ground ginger instead of ginger roots. It came out VERY delicious crunchy at the bottom but soft inside. Thank you very much for this recipe. I will use it with different spices and flavors in the future. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/01/2005
Not ideal for use with cookie cutters. The cookies turned out to be good with tea but bland on their own. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
This recipe is wonderful! I used 1/4 c. applesauce and 1/4 c. smart beat instead of 1/2 c. shortenning. And I did not roll the dough I just made it into balls and flattened them with my hands. I used ground ginger instead of ginger roots. It came out VERY delicious crunchy at the bottom but soft inside. Thank you very much for this recipe. I will use it with different spices and flavors in the future. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2006
These are a perfect way of getting ginger-root into my 3 yr. old. (Ginger-root keeps her from getting carsick.) We cut these with little heart-shaped cutters and dipped the topsides in sugar before baking. (Lots of fun for my little helper!) I had to hide some because everyone else in the house was eating them! Oh these freeze nicely and thaw quickly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2003
A very nice simple cookie that my husband actually ate and asked me to cook again - the only other type he likes are Anzac biscuits which are also crunchy. I want more crisp crunchie cookie recipes!!! The dough was a nice consistency and handled very well. I will add a bit more ginger next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2009
yum! I substituted butter instead of shortening because I was out. I think next time I'll chop the ginger even finer so that it incorporates better. I dusted them with some granulated sugar right before popping them in the oven to give them a little bit of sweetness. I'll definitely make these again... Maybe with a little crushed up peppermint candy in the batter to give it a holiday flair. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/01/2005
Not ideal for use with cookie cutters. The cookies turned out to be good with tea but bland on their own. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2003
One of the best cookie recipe very crunchy and easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2010
Very tasty good consistency something a little different. I used sushi ginger - minced it finely by rolling a pizza cutter over it. This worked fine but it would probably taste better with fresh ginger. These cookies are a good consistency for shipping. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2011
more ginger is called for Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/27/2011
Followed recipe exactly. These were very dry and crumbly. The taste is ok. I am going to add allrecipes /sugar-cookie-frosting icing to them to jazz them up a bit. Read More
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