Chewy Ginger Cookies

These Chewy Ginger Cookies are a soft and chewy ginger cookie rolled in sugar and is perfect for your holiday cookie tray!

Chewy Ginger Cookies straight out of the oven ready to be served

This past weekend I was up at Marc's family cabin with his sister, sister-in-law, mom, dad, Lars, and our nephew for a weekend full of baking.  Is there any better way to start the month of December?  I don't think so!

We weren't originally planning to make these chewy ginger cookies, but my sister-in-law mentioned she wanted to make ginger cookies and my mother-in-law mentioned she loved my recipe.  I knew the photos from the recipe were pretty bad, so I figured we might as well make them again so I can re-photograph them.

Plus, they are one of my favorite holiday cookies so I was all for making them.

The "photoshoot" actually turned into a hilarious cookie fest between the two toddlers.  At first my nephew snuck his little hand in to snag a cookie.

Grabbing one Chewy Ginger Cookie from the tray of cookies

And then another curious little hand found its way to the cookie tray.

Grabbing more of the Chewy Ginger Cookies from the table

While my nephew stood and enjoyed his treat, Lars could not just stop at one.

These Chewy Ginger Cookies are so unbelievable tasty

He couldn't even stop at three.

Holding a load of delicious cookies and having so much fun with them

At one point we just lost track of how many cookies he had snagged.  He was in cookie heaven.

It is a real cookie heaven with lots of delicious cookies on the table

'Tis the season, right?

Trying the cookie - it must be absolutely delicious and healthy

Chewy Ginger Cookies

I can't blame the kids - these are dang good cookies.  They are super chewy thanks to the use of shortening.  Now, I hardly ever use shortening in my baking.  I pretty much always think butter is best.  BUT there are always exceptions and this is one of them.

Butter isn't a flavor that shines through in these cookies.  That's what the ginger, cloves, and cinnamon are for.  The key here is the texture and the shortening keeps these super chewy.

While you could definitely use regular sugar to roll the cookies in, we used sparkling sugar this time which made them even prettier and gave them an amazing crunch.

If you're a fan of ginger cookies - I would absolutely recommend adding these to your holiday baking list!

Closeup on the Chewy Ginger Cookies looking absolutely delicious

Chewy Ginger Cookies straight out of the oven ready to be served

Chewy Ginger Cookies

These Chewy Ginger Cookies are a soft and chewy ginger cookie rolled in sugar and is perfect for your holiday cookie tray!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 36 small cookies
Calories: 93kcal


  • ¾ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup sugar plus more for rolling
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In large bowl with electric mixer, beat together shortening and sugar until combined, about 1 minute.
  • Add the egg, beating until combined.
  • Add molassess, beating until combined.
  • In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt, and stir well to combine.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until just combined.
  • Roll the dough into approximately 1" dough balls, then roll in additional sugar. Note: I used sparkling sugar to roll the cookie dough balls in.
  • Bake in preheated oven 10-12 minutes.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 0.003mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  1. Hi Taylor! Just seeing your cookie swap post. It was actually me who sent the matcha green tea cookies. So happy to hear you liked them.

    Hope you're having a happy 2014!

  2. well these are DEFINITELY going on my baking dad ADORES ginger cookies and he will love these, as well as myself of course 🙂

    1. I am making them again this week...y'know, since Lars ate half the batch 😉 Happy baking!

  3. These are still my all time favorite cookies....well, and your chocolate chip and snickerdoodles! (: I keep coming back to this post to watch the Lars and Finn progression of sampling them. It always makes me laugh out loud....such a great way to start a Monday. (: