Soft Gingerbread Cookies

These Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies are easy to make and are delicious any time of the year!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cookie, Ginger, Gingerbread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 Cookies
Calories 277 kcal


  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups sugar + extra for dusting
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease or cover 2 large cookie sheets. 

  2. In a large bowl, combine vegetable shortening, sugar, softened butter, molasses, eggs and vanilla.  Mix with a wooden spoon until only small lumps of butter remain.

  3. In a separate large bowl, sift together flour, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt.  

  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring after each addition.

  5. Chill dough uncovered in refrigerator for 10 minutes.

  6. Form dough into balls using a 1 tablespoon scoop and roll in sugar.

  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.   Do not over bake.

  8. Let cookies cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from a recipe by Betty Ackerly. 

Nutrition Facts
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 273mg 11%
Potassium 134mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Sugars 21g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 2.8%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.