Colossal Ginger Cookies

If you want huge, thick ginger cookies that are soft in the middle but have crispy edges, give this recipe a try. I’ve been making these for years and they are always a hit, plus they’re perfect for wrapping and giving as gifts or selling at bake sales.  They’re also incredibly simple.

Colossal Ginger Cookies

Shortening is key to the texture.  When made with butter, the cookies come out flat and sort of greasy. Luckily, non-hydrogenated Spectrum and Nutiva brand shortenings both work perfectly and the palm oil flavor is masked by all the spices.

Spectrum Butter Flavor

Also, don’t skip the chilling time.  The cookies bake up thicker if you let the dough chill overnight .

Colossal Ginger Cookies
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These cookies are big, soft, dense and chewy. Unfortunately, to get the right texture you must use melted shortening. As much as I love butter, it just doesn't work properly in these cookies therefore shortening is key.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 9
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup shortening, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Crystal sugar for garnish (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer beat sugar, egg and vanilla until light. Beat in melted, cooled shortening and molasses.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, pepper and pepper.
  3. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture until thoroughly combined.
  4. Using a 1/4 cup measure, scoop dough and shape into large mounds. Place dough scoops in refrigerator and chill thoroughly for at least 3 hours or chill dough in freezer for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment. Dip dough mounds in crystal sugar (if using) and arrange 5 mounds on each cookie sheet, keeping remaining mounds chilled until ready to bake.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes. If cookies seem brown after first 15 minutes, lay a sheet of foil loosely over the top. Let cool for 2-3 minutes on cookie sheet. Cookies will be large, thick, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.


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  1. Amy says

    I love ginger. I am a ginger freak. I am trying to tell myself that I am not allowed to make these until I make your chocolate pecan chewy thingamajigs.

  2. Anonymous says

    Hey Anna, I couldn’t agree with your post (Colossal Ginger Cookies) more. thanksgiving cooking

  3. Veronica says

    I just made these and they are delicious! I love the crispy outside and soft inside texture. Also, delicious ginger molasses flavor. This will be my go to ginger cookie; fast, easy and so delicious.

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