Best Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Average Rating:

Categories: American, Cookie, Dessert

Submitted By: The Spice House.

Best Gingerbread Cookies Notes

This recipe comes to us from The Junior League of Chicago. It is from their cookbook, "Celebrate Chicago! A Taste of Our Town."

  • 5 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cloves
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
Serves / Yields

8-10 dozen

Preparation Instructions

Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves together.

Cream shortening and sugar in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg, molasses and vinegar and beat well. Add flour mixture and mix well.

Chill for 3 hours.

Roll on lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutter. Place on nonstick cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 5 to 6 minutes or until browned.

Quick Shopping List

Vietnamese "Saigon" Cassia Cinnamon, Cracked or Ground
Ground, in a glass shaker jar
1/2 cup in shaker jar, net 2 oz.
China "Number One" Ginger, Whole Root Or Powder
Ground, in a glass shaker jar
In a 1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 1.75 oz.
Cloves, Whole or Ground
Ground, in a glass jar
1/2 cup jar, net wt. 2 oz.

Submit Comment

Alison L. Said:

This recipe is very nearly identical to mine! I use butter instead of shortening and apple cider vinegar. I actually have people offering to pay me to make these.

Make it Again? Alison L. would make this recipe again.