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My Great Grandmother’s Ginger Cookies – Recipe

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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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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5:28AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

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.

11:35AM PST on Feb 21, 2013


10:59AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

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

10:57AM PST on Mar 4, 2012


3:50AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

You could make these with gluten free flour too

4:54AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

great timing needed a ginger cookie recipe

4:07PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

Thanks for sharing, Annie! :)

9:34PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

2:41PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Thank you

6:08PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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