Giant Ginger Cookies


Giant Ginger Cookies
Giant Ginger Cookies These soft chewy ginger delights make wonderful gifts for the holidays. Very easy and quick to make! Be sure to not overcook them, so they are extra chewy. Yield: twenty-five 4-inch cookies Bake 350°F 12 mins to 14 mins per batch
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¾ cup coarse sugar or granulated sugar
  1. In a medium mixing bowl sift together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds to soften. Gradually add the 2 cups granulated sugar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and molasses. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour mixture.
  3. Shape dough into 2-inch balls using ¼ cup dough. Roll balls in the ¾ cup coarse or granulated sugar. Place about 2-1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are light brown and puffed. (Do not overbake or cookies will not be chewy.) Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  5. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  6. Makes 25 4-inch cookies.