Eloise's Ginger Cookies

Eloise used to make these cookies for us when I was a little girl. These are the best! To lighten them up, applesauce can be substituted for part or all of the shortening. The flavor is still great, but the texture will change.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
12 servings


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup shortening

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup white sugar, or as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Beat 1 cup white sugar and shortening together in a large bowl until light and creamy. Add molasses and egg; beat until smooth.

  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl. Gradually stir flour mixture into shortening mixture until dough is just-combined.

  4. Pour 1/2 cup white sugar into a shallow bowl. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll each ball in sugar to coat; place 2-inches apart on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until set and lightly golden, 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

313 Calories
13g Fat
46g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 313
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 267mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 3g
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 131mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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