German Gingerbread Cookies

  • Yield 6

Here's an easy-to-make gingerbread recipe that your children are sure to love.


1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups molasses
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix the shortening, butter, molasses and brown sugar in a heavy saucepan.  Cook over low heat until the shortening, butter and brown sugar dissolve, stirring to blend well.  Remove from the heat.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt into a bowl.  Add the molasses mixture and mix well to form a dough.  Chill for several hours.  Roll 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface and cut as desired.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375F for 10 minutes or until the edges are firm.  Cool on the cookie sheet for several minutes.  Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Salt Lake City’s  Always in Season (Junior League of Salt Lake City, 2005). 



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