Spicy Ginger Cookies


These are our traditional Christmas cookies. The shortening keeps the cookies soft; all butter will result in a harder cookie.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups lightly packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening, melted

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

  • ½ cup molasses

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup coarse sugar crystals, or as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Whisk brown sugar, shortening, butter, molasses, eggs, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl until glossy; fold in flour until dough is just-combined.

  3. Pour coarse sugar into a shallow bowl. Roll dough into 48 balls. Roll balls in sugar and place 2-inches apart on a baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops of the cookies crack, about 9 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

151 Calories
7g Fat
22g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 151
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 129mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 80mg 2%

* 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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