Big Soft Ginger Cookies-Home in the Finger Lakes

One of my all time favorite flavors is ginger, I love it’s aromatic and explosively spicy flavor. One of my favorite holiday cookies is Big Soft Ginger Cookies, they have all of the gingery flavor I love without all the crunch gingersnaps, I think I have already established my love of big soft cookies in multiple posts here. 🙂

I actually came across this recipe for Big Soft Ginger Cookies a few years ago when I was looking for a quick and easy ginger cookie to use in place of gingerbread men on my holiday cookie trays. The recipe evolved for over the course of a couple of adaptations, the original recipe calls for margarine, I substituted butter for better flavor, and the cookies where awesome but flattened while they cooled. The addition of shortening helps the cookies keep their shape, which made a bigger softer cookie which was exactly what I was looking for.

Big soft ginger cookies are actually better the next day when the spices have had a chance to hang out together and do their thing. But they are great for longer term storage too. I like to make them well in advance and store them in the freezer.  I usually start my holiday baking right after Thanksgiving, I just stack my cookies in layers separated by wax paper in an airtight container and keep them in the freezer to pull out as needed.

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Preparation 0:20 2017-05-23T00:20:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:10 2017-05-23T00:10:00+00:00 Total Time 0:30 2017-05-23T00:30:00+00:00
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  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter,softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and shortening with 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then the water and molasses.

Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and flatten slightly.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container.


Big Soft Ginger Cookies-Home in the Finger Lakes
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Recipe adapted from: Allrecipes

Big Soft Ginger Cookies-Home in the Finger Lakes