Melissa's Grandma's Ginger Lace Cookies


If you've ever wondered why our pastry chef Melissa is so good, you need only dig into her family history to realize that she comes from a long line of talented bakers. This recipe from her great-grandmother Formanek dates from the WWI era, hence no butter. These freeze well.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
60 cookies


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 ½ cups shortening

  • ½ cup molasses

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or as needed


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

  2. Beat 2 cups sugar, shortening, and molasses together in a bowl using an electric stand mixer until uniform, making sure not to overbeat. Add eggs and mix for 30 seconds.

  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt together in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix until just combined and dough is stiff.

  4. Pour 2 tablespoons sugar in a shallow bowl. Form cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar, making sure not to flatten. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies crackle on top for 'lace' design, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Notes:

Don't overbeat dough, as overbeating makes very flat cookies.

Don't overbake! They should not have dark edges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

114 Calories
5g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 114
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 52mg 1%

* 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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