My Great Grandmother’s Ginger Cookies – Recipe

Thanks to these cookies, I learned from a very young age that being in the kitchen was fun.

Teaspoonfuls of of cookie dough are dropped onto a baking sheet, then the bottom of a cup is dipped into a bowl of water, then into a bowl of sugar to coat, and finally the sugary glass cup bottom is squashed onto the cookie dough until the dough is flattened into the shape of a cookie.

The traditionally winter spices in these cookies make them festive, and their flavor and chewy texture quickly ensures they become a family favorite.

Ginger Cookies
2/3 cup organic butter
1 cup Sucanat
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup light molasses
1 3/4 cups unbleached organic whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Cream the butter and Sucanat. Add the egg and molasses. Beat well. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and spices and mix thoroughly. Drop by the teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet, and then flatten with the bottom of glass that has been dampened with water and pressed in Sucanat. Or, roll out and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 F degrees for ten minutes.
Makes 5-6 dozen.

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Margie H.
Margie Huxham2 years ago

My Grandma used bacon fat (saved from frying bacon and kept in the fridge) in place of the butter. It gives the cookie an unique taste. Still make them to this day, a family favorite.

Maggie Kearns
Maggie Kearns2 years ago


aj M.
aj E.3 years ago

suncanat appears to be a brand name of whole cane sugar. explanation would have been helpful.

aj M.
aj E.3 years ago


Melinda offline K.
Past Member 3 years ago

You could make these with gluten free flour too

Lori M.
Lori Montgomery3 years ago

great timing needed a ginger cookie recipe

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thanks for sharing, Annie! :)

Carole R.
Carole R.4 years ago

Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Yummy! Thanks for sharing.