Grandma’s Soft Ginger Cookies Recipe

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We are in Florida this winter and for the first time ever, we will be celebrating Christmas without my family around.  Just Dave, me and the dogs.  This galavanting around the country in our RV has a whole lot of awesomeness to it.  But there are some drawbacks, and the holidays have the potential to be one.  When perusing Walmart the other day, I stumbled upon the Hallmark section and it occurred to me that there is absolutely nothing wrong with creating new traditions- and maybe mixing in a bit of the old.

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

So, I pulled out my recipe book that has all our family recipes in it and whipped up a batch of my Grandma’s Soft Ginger Cookies.

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

My mother made them every year, and I know my husband loves them.  They are plump, and soft.  Like ginger snaps, but without the snap!

Let’s start with baking something wonderful and making this RV festive with some Christmas decor!

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

My original plan was to have Dave park next to a nice fir tree.  But we are in Florida, so there goes that.  But after looking around, we figured out a place in the coach for a cute little tree.  Filled with my favorite glass ornaments, it was fun to put together.  Each ornament holds a fond memory of places we’ve been and family fun.

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

I stocked up on Hallmark greeting cards too.  They work well for any holiday or special occasion, but the holiday selection is just amazing.  I chose those cards that seemed to best fit my idea of the Christmas season.  Reindeer, snow and sugary treats.  It will be fun to put together some photos of our little family and send to our relatives.

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

A new holiday tradition will be to pick up a meaningful ornament each year!  Hallmark Ornament selections include 16 Walmart exclusives, resin figurines, Holiday Barbie, new deco figurines and more!  I chose this sweet little gingerbread house.  Our new home is our RV, right?

Yes, new traditions are happening.  I put on the Hallmark station on Pandora and started baking…

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

Grandma’s Soft Ginger Cookies

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2-1/4 cups flour

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

Begin by mixing together the sugar and butter.

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

Mix in the egg and molasses.

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

Add in the cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking soda, and salt.  Slowly mix in the flour. Your batter will be a soft dough consistency when mixed.

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

Roll into 1.5″ balls and then roll those balls in sugar.

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

Place the sugar covered cookies about 2″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes.

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

Cookies are done when they are lightly browned.  Allow to cool on a rack.

grandmas soft ginger cookies recipe

Don’t they look fabulous!  These little cookies are packed with the great taste of cinnamon and ginger.  Pop some in a mason jar wrapped in a pretty bow, with a sweet Hallmark card.  They make fabulous homemade gifts!

Grandma’s Soft Ginger Cookies Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Suzy Myers
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 2.5 dozen
Soft ginger cookies just like Grandma made!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
Instructions
  1. Begin by mixing together the sugar and butter.
  2. Mix in the egg and molasses.
  3. Add in the cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Slowly mix in the flour. Your batter will be a soft dough consistency when mixed.
  5. Roll into 1.5″ balls and then roll those balls in sugar.
  6. Place the sugar covered cookies about 2″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Cookies are done when they are lightly browned. Allow to cool on a rack.

The Christmas season has arrived in my little RV and we are enjoying our new traditions.  Oh and the cookies too!

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  • Christy September 17, 2017, 1:39 pm

    Hi! I can’t wait to try these! I do have a question: after you place the balls on the cookie sheet, do you give them a press down or do they do that “on their own” ?
    Thanks!

  • Lela Roberts November 27, 2016, 5:35 pm

    Love Grandma’s cookies. Just made a batch. My dough was a little sticky so I put sugar in my hand and dropped the scoop of dough and rolled in my hand. I am making these for gifts and a couple more batches for me. This will go into my make and eat often file thanks and Merry Christmas .

  • Debbie January 7, 2016, 12:28 pm

    I tried your recipe and it was delicious! But I must have baked them too long because they were as hard as little rocks! I live at a fairly high elevation. Should I be doing something differently?

    • Susan Myers January 7, 2016, 10:03 pm

      Hi Debbie, I did a bit of research because our next place of residence will be at 7000 feet near the Grand Canyon. Apparently altitude greatly effects how things bake. This is what I found: Due to rapid evaporation of liquids at high altitudes, cakes must be carefully timed to avoid excess dryness.

      High-altitude conversion tips

      To convert standard recipes into those that can be used for high-altitude baking:

      Use 5% more flour to disperse the leavening action and slow down the rapid rise of the cake.
      Use 20% more water to counterbalance the rapid evaporation of liquids at high altitudes and the extra flour added to the cake batter
      Bake about 25 degrees higher to help “set” the cake’s crust
      Reduce baking time by about 20% to prevent overbaking at the higher temperature

      Hope that helps!
      suzy

  • Anonymous December 23, 2015, 10:13 pm

    The recipe calls for flour. Which kind of flour?

    • Susan Myers December 23, 2015, 10:21 pm

      My grandmother and I both use regular all purpose flour.

  • Anonymous December 22, 2015, 9:03 am

    I make a similar recipe and dip them halfway in melted white chocolate. I make many batches every year as everybody loves them!

  • Anonymous December 19, 2015, 9:46 pm

    Can I substitute honey or more molasses for the 1 cup of sugar? If so, what would be the amounts?

    • Susan Myers December 19, 2015, 10:55 pm

      I would not substitute. I doubt it would come out the way it should.

      suzy

  • gigi December 17, 2015, 11:20 am

    You had me at plump and soft! These look like exactly the kind of cookies I love. I love soft chewy cookies. I also love any cookie that you roll in your hand to shape cos it is easy to make them the same size that way and they come out so perfectly shaped. Thank you for this recipe!

  • Lorena December 15, 2015, 6:42 am

    The cookies were great.My brother took some to work to share and everyone loved them. Thanks for sharing

    • Susan Myers December 16, 2015, 10:43 pm

      Hi! I’m so glad you liked them! It is definitely one of my favorite cookie recipes! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

      suzy

  • Samantha December 11, 2015, 9:15 am

    I want to take that tree and put it in my pocket!!! Plus, these cookies look super sweet and special! Thank you for sharing! #client

  • michelle December 10, 2015, 7:42 pm

    I used margarine and they were to sticky to roll so I just made drop cookies but honestly they looked like Reindeer poop. lol guess this is one of those recipes I should make sure to use butter? They are delicious and my “goof” brought some holiday cheer to my family…

    • Susan Myers December 16, 2015, 10:47 pm

      Hi Michelle,

      I’m sorry they didn’t turn out how you wanted. I think maybe just adding more flour might have helped. But I’m glad your family still enjoyed them! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

      suzy

  • Jan December 10, 2015, 1:52 am

    Do you use fresh ginger, or dried powder?

    • Susan Myers December 10, 2015, 9:25 am

      Hi Jan!

      I used dried powder, but I imagine either one would work.

      suzy

  • Anonymous December 9, 2015, 7:25 pm

    This recipe is great timing for me.I can’t find my favorite one and I want ginger bread!!Love the way yours have that crackle look. Yum!

    • Susan Myers December 10, 2015, 9:26 am

      Enjoy! These will definitely fix that gingerbread craving.

      suzy

  • heather December 9, 2015, 1:32 pm

    Printed these off Suzy. I am definitely going to try them. They look so good. I love your tree too 🙂

    • Susan Myers December 10, 2015, 9:31 am

      Hi Heather!
      These are my husband’s favorite and I love how easy they are to make!

      Hope your holiday is wonderful!

      suzy

  • Lynda December 9, 2015, 11:17 am

    I’m going to have to add these cookies to what I’m baking this year now
    that you’ve reminded me how good they are. LOL

    • Susan Myers December 10, 2015, 9:33 am

      Baking a lot this year? Remember the days when we got together and baked 50 different kinds of cookies in a day. And how happy the pizza delivery guy was when we gave him cookies along with his tip? Fun!

      suzy

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 9, 2015, 10:42 am

    Yum, these look delicious!

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