These little cookies are my grandmother's specialty. Perfect to keep in the freezer for later as well! I used to make these all the time with my grandmother, now I get a huge basket of them for every holiday and birthday! In my grandmother's instructions, it tells you to sift some of the ingredients. It makes for a nicer batter, but I don't own a sifter and it's not particularly necessary, I used a whisk or a fork to turn and fluff the dry ingredients before adding.

Abby Cobb


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 cookie sheets.

  • Beat 1 cup sugar, butter, molasses, and egg together in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer.

  • Sift flour, baking soda, ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, cloves, salt, and nutmeg together in a bowl. Beat into butter mixture until combined.

  • Combine 1/8 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Roll cookies in the sugar-cinnamon mixture to coat. Place on the prepared cookie sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden and edges are set, about 11 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 5 minutes before serving or storing.

Cook's Notes:

No need to press the dough once you place them on the cookie sheet, as they spread perfectly while baking.

This is my first recipe posted on here, I do not have exactly how much it yields yet. The yield listed is approximate.

Nutrition Facts

139 calories; 6.1 g total fat; 22 mg cholesterol; 227 mg sodium. 20.1 g carbohydrates; 1.4 g protein; Full Nutrition