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Grandma’s Ginger Cookies (for 3baid)


This is a very soft dough. It is easier to work with if you chill it before rolling, but even then the rolling pin and rolling board should be well floured, and you need to work fast, before the dough gets too soft again.

Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C

1 cup molasses (Brer Rabbit Green Label)
1 cup sugar
1 cup hot water
3 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups flour

Add hot water to molasses, sugar and shortening. When well mixed, and cool, stir in sifted dry ingredients.

Roll out to 3/8″ thick, sprinkle with sugar and cut with cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.

If you are making gingerbread boys and girls, use raisins or small hard decorations for eyes and buttons, and a small slice of candied cherry for the mouth.

(Grandma said use Brer Rabbit Green Lable Molasses, but here in Kuwait, use whatever molasses you can find! I have seen some honey-molasses that looks like it would make a good gingerbread cookie.

Pop in the oven, bake for 10 minutes – maybe a little longer if your cookies are thick. They should be soft and chewy, but cooked through.

November 5, 2007 - Posted by | Christmas, Cooking, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Generational, Kuwait, Recipes, Relationships


  1. I ❤ ginger cookies, 3baid, make sure you make enough for all of us 🙂

    Comment by Chika | November 5, 2007 | Reply

  2. Aww intlxpatr, you should’ve have 😀

    Comment by 3baid | November 5, 2007 | Reply

  3. *shouldn’t

    Comment by 3baid | November 5, 2007 | Reply

  4. yum yum yum we are so bringing back this family tradition this Christmas:) hint hint Seattleites 🙂

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | November 5, 2007 | Reply

  5. I had never seen that I ❤ symbol before, Chika! Very cool!

    3baid – I think men who cook are very cool. 🙂

    Little Diamond – I think women who cook are very cool, too! YOU and Sporty Diamond can carry on the cookie tradition!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 5, 2007 | Reply

  6. Oh! Oh! Don’t forget to use “red hots” for the buttons!
    OK, LD, Seattleites acknowledge the hint…we shall see… 😉

    Comment by Sparkle | November 6, 2007 | Reply

  7. Maybe we can have some waiting in the cookie jar, Little Diamond. Sparkle, wanna help? I’ll make the dough. It will be fun. . . (!)

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 6, 2007 | Reply

  8. haha yes yes please do but they might be Grandma’s gingerbricks by the time I arrive on the 21st 🙂

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | November 6, 2007 | Reply

  9. Too funny on the gingerbricks!

    Comment by LetUsTalk | November 6, 2007 | Reply

  10. Lettuce, I just figured out who you are! TOOOO funny! We call you Big Diamond!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 7, 2007 | Reply

  11. I must not have received the “ginger gene” as I am not a “ginger girl”…I do like other cookies, though! Are Angel Kisses a family recipe, too? Light, sugary, with chocolate chips…yuuummm…Little D, those would DEFINITELY be rock solid by the time you arrive…

    Comment by sporty diamond | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  12. Sporty Diamond – I love ginger tea, and ginger in lots of things, but I can’t eat too many of these cookies. For one thing, they are big and puffy! I was thinking they might be freezable. Will have to check with Grandma Diamond!

    You can find the Angel Kisses here – I call them meringues. So easy to whip up, and really, so few calories per cookie!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  13. Hi there intlxpatr, any idea where I can buy them ready in Kuwait?

    Comment by MiYaFuSHi | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  14. No, sweetie, you can’t buy these. Even in the US, these are the old fashioned ones you have to make yourself. . . sorry!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 27, 2009 | Reply

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