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Rating: 4.53 stars
118 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 81
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

Cookies.....soft, chewy, with a burst of cinnamon.

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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and 2 cups sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and ginger; stir into the sugar mixture until well blended. Mix in cinnamon chips. Dough will be stiff. Roll into walnut sized balls and roll each ball in remaining sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until tops are crackled. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

151 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 21.4g; fat 6.7g; cholesterol 6.4mg; sodium 175mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2010
These baked up pretty, delicious and crackly. I followed the recipe exactly. I had no problem rolling the dough into balls or the sugar. I tend to like thicker cookies, so on the last cookie sheet I tried not flattening the cookie dough balls at all and, interestingly, it made no difference whatsoever. They're light, just barely crispy and chewy all at once, and almost literally melt in your mouth. One thing they're NOT, however, and what made me somewhat disappointed with them, is cinnamon-y! I'm not so much disappointed in the recipe, I guess, as I am with my own expectations. The title does begin with "Cinnamon," and I based my expectations on that and the cinnamon chips - I should have had foresight, I suppose, and noticed there was no cinnamon in the dough. In keeping with the "Cinnamon Cookie" idea, were I to make these again I'd try backing off on both the nutmeg and ginger, and add a good amount of cinnamon instead. This made a LOT of dough, way more than I needed. But it worked out well because I gave half the dough to a busy friend to bake with her daughter and she was thrilled! Just another thought...with vanilla extract as pricey as it is, I have my doubts as to whether 2 T. is necessary. I'd bet that with all the spice in the cookie that you'd notice no difference if that was reduced to 2 teaspoons. Additionally, the lesser amount of liquid may be all that's needed to help those who found the dough difficult to work with. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2004
These had a nice flavor. Don't be afraid to put the 2 T of vanilla in like I was; it's balanced by the spices. However this was not the molasses spice cookie I thought it would be but a light batter. The dough was not at all stiff as mentioned. It was too soft to roll. I added an extra 1 c of flour and chilled it. I also did not need to flatten them as they spread when cooked. Cinnamon chips were impossible to find in my area. I substituted butterscotch. I'm sure the cinnamon would be great but I spent 2 hours and didn't find them. Read More
(8)
118 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 81
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
07/15/2010
These baked up pretty, delicious and crackly. I followed the recipe exactly. I had no problem rolling the dough into balls or the sugar. I tend to like thicker cookies, so on the last cookie sheet I tried not flattening the cookie dough balls at all and, interestingly, it made no difference whatsoever. They're light, just barely crispy and chewy all at once, and almost literally melt in your mouth. One thing they're NOT, however, and what made me somewhat disappointed with them, is cinnamon-y! I'm not so much disappointed in the recipe, I guess, as I am with my own expectations. The title does begin with "Cinnamon," and I based my expectations on that and the cinnamon chips - I should have had foresight, I suppose, and noticed there was no cinnamon in the dough. In keeping with the "Cinnamon Cookie" idea, were I to make these again I'd try backing off on both the nutmeg and ginger, and add a good amount of cinnamon instead. This made a LOT of dough, way more than I needed. But it worked out well because I gave half the dough to a busy friend to bake with her daughter and she was thrilled! Just another thought...with vanilla extract as pricey as it is, I have my doubts as to whether 2 T. is necessary. I'd bet that with all the spice in the cookie that you'd notice no difference if that was reduced to 2 teaspoons. Additionally, the lesser amount of liquid may be all that's needed to help those who found the dough difficult to work with. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2003
These cookies are so chewy spicy and good. I used 3 sticks of butter (eeek good thing it makes a lot of cookies!) in place of the 1.5 cups of shortening and reduced the salt to three-quarters of a tsp. and they came out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2006
These are very good cookies with a taste all their own. I only made two minor changes and that was to use margarine instead of shortening(I personally don't like using shortening for cookies) and I also only used 1 tsp of nutmeg and ginger. My dough was not "stiff" as was indicated it would be. The dough was too gooey to roll so I just scooped it out using my Tablespoon cookie scoop like any other cookie and sprinkled them with sugar before I put them in the oven. Oh and one other thing I could not find light molasses so I used regular. The cookies turned out excellent! This recipe is a keeper! I will definately make them again. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2009
Amazing little cookie. I did end up cutting this recipe in half I almost wish I hadn't. Only change I made was using all butter. I found that nine minutes at 350 was perfect for these cookies. I used my small #40 cookie scoop for this and it made perfect sized cookies. And the taste? Wow. These might be my new favorites! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2003
These cookies are soooo yummy especially when right out of the oven! The cinnamon chips really add a lot of flavor. This is definitely a "do again" recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2007
A refreshing change from the traditional "gingersnap" cookie. Wow! Still have that yummy spiciness but with the cinnamon chips... Brilliant! Used my trademark Butter Flavor Crisco. And tossed in a bit more of recommended spices. Presented beautifully!! Can't wait to serve these at Xmas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2003
These must be the best cookies in existence. INCREDIBLE!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2004
These had a nice flavor. Don't be afraid to put the 2 T of vanilla in like I was; it's balanced by the spices. However this was not the molasses spice cookie I thought it would be but a light batter. The dough was not at all stiff as mentioned. It was too soft to roll. I added an extra 1 c of flour and chilled it. I also did not need to flatten them as they spread when cooked. Cinnamon chips were impossible to find in my area. I substituted butterscotch. I'm sure the cinnamon would be great but I spent 2 hours and didn't find them. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
Fantastic cookies - I've had more requests for this recipe than any other! Read More
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