Heavenly Scented Soft Ginger Cookies

“From Bon Appetit January 2006. When I tested these the first time I had to add an extra egg. Is it just my imagination, or are eggs getting smaller? Prepare your nose for the wonderful scent!”
1hr 42mins
40 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients.
  2. Add the molasses, shortening and egg; beat to blend ingredients well. Next, beat in the boiling water. Chill dough 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°.
  4. Roll the chilled dough by tablespoonful into balls. Roll each ball into granulated sugar.
  5. Place the balls 2-inches apart on ungreased aluminum baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake the cookies until puffed and cracked on top and centers still feel very soft; approximately 12 minutes.
  7. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool.
  8. Don't forget to leave some cookies out for Santa Claus!

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