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5 from 3 votes

Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies

This vintage old fashioned ginger snap cookies recipe makes the most delicious spiced cookies that are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Perfect for Christmas cookie swaps, gift giving or any time of the year!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas cookies, Cookies, ginger snaps
Servings: 45 cookies
Calories: 55kcal


  • Electric hand mixer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sifter
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment paper


  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup extra for coating
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream vegetable shortening with an electic hand mixer. Add sugar gradually and cream until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and molasses and mix until smooth.
  • Sift flour, baking soda and spices into the wet mixture and stir well.
  • Roll dough by hand into 2 1/2 inch balls.
  • Roll dough balls in sugar.
  • Place about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake cookies for 12 minutes. They are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.