My Mom's recipe and one of my favorites. Spicy and chewy, they store well and can be frozen. Great for gift giving or shipping.

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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together the melted margarine, 1 cup sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in the molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger; blend into the molasses mixture. Cover, and chill dough for 1 hour.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Roll dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining white sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until tops are cracked. Cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

119.8 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 18.6g 6% DV; fat 4.7g 7% DV; cholesterol 6.2mg 2% DV; sodium 178.8mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2005
Yes, it is THAT good. A nice chewy molasses cookie. EXCELLENT flavor. When storing these (and other cookies) store a piece of bread with them to keep them moist, otherwise they dry out like rocks! But these are exactly what you're looking for - easy, idiot-proof, and EXCELLENT. MAKE THEM NOW!!!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/16/2009
I grind my own flour and found that I needed more than 2 cups of flour I ended up after baking a batch adding more flour and then they turned out great. In the future I will use 2 1/2 cups of flour. I did use butter as it is MUCH healthier than margarine (it's natural margarine is NOT) and also used brown sugar. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 45
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 24
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2005
Yes, it is THAT good. A nice chewy molasses cookie. EXCELLENT flavor. When storing these (and other cookies) store a piece of bread with them to keep them moist, otherwise they dry out like rocks! But these are exactly what you're looking for - easy, idiot-proof, and EXCELLENT. MAKE THEM NOW!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2007
Substituted butter for the margarine and brown sugar for the white. They turned out fabulous. The are the most consistent and uniform cookies I ever make. Tastes like a soft ginger snap. My husband requests them again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2007
I have made these cookies about 15 times over the past few years and they always turn out great. I also use butter instead of margarine. After rolling in sugar and placing on baking sheet, I slightly flatten using a smooth bottomed glass. Depending on my mood(and time) I will glaze with a simple home-made frosting. Make sure to watch the timing on these cookies, it is critical. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2006
very good however I took the advice of others and made some changes. Doubled the spices only 1tsp of baking soda and used brown sugar. I also dipped all the cookies in powered sugar after they were cooled and it was not only pretty but delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2003
This is my favorite cookie recipe I have found on this site. The spice is just right not too subtle not too strong. They are wonderfully soft. I have however made one change. I use one teaspoon baking soda instead of two. I thought the soda taste was too obvious and when I halved the amount they turned out perfect. I also found that if I just slightly softened the margarine instead of fully melting it I was able to skip the chill time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2006
I made them exactly except I used only 1 tsp of soda as suggested. Also since I don't like eggs I used egg substitute ( good for vegans!!) and they came out perfect. I creamed the sugar in softened NOT melted unsalted butter. The dough mixed nicely with the 2 cups of flour. I chilled the dough for a couple of hours which worked out well. My baking time was about 10 minutes in a gas oven @ 375 F. They cracked beautifully and the taste was chewy and soft with a slightly crisp top due to the sugar. I love them and will bring then to my holiday parties. I'm keeping this recipe for future use. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2006
very tasty. I Changed a few things. I halfed the soda as suggested. I also used brown sugar and butter instead of margerine and a splash of vanilla (you just can't bake without vanilla). I cooked them for two different times. They're prettier when you cook them till 7 minutes because of they crackle but 6 minutes makes a chewier cookie. Next time I'll double the spices. Thanks for a good recipe! My one year old thinks it's good too!! PS Don't listen to the people who say that batter turns out runny there's obviously something they missed in it. The dough is lovely. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2006
Nice flavor. Maybe it's my oven but these took less than 8 mins. I started taking them out at about 7 mins and the last sheet of cookies removed were actually burnt. Leave them in a ball when you bake and don't flatten them (like I did on some). They are better thick and chewy otherwise they are more crisp like a gingersnap. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2007
Every year my family has a "bake off" when we get together and bake cookies and give them out to friends for Christmas. But being the highly competitive people that we are we make it a contest. For the first time in 7 years of baking I won with these cookies in 2005. I was thrilled! I followed the recipe exactly since I'm really not much of a baker. The results aren't in yet for 2006 bu so far I am in the lead with two recipes that I also got from this site. Thanks to Brenda and all the others who post thse wonderful recipes! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/16/2009
I grind my own flour and found that I needed more than 2 cups of flour I ended up after baking a batch adding more flour and then they turned out great. In the future I will use 2 1/2 cups of flour. I did use butter as it is MUCH healthier than margarine (it's natural margarine is NOT) and also used brown sugar. Read More
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