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Amish Ginger Cookies

Amish Ginger Cookies

Amish Ginger Cookies

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Amish Ginger Cookies
4.8 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: Drop CookiesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy



Traditional drop cookies from Amish Country. These are moist and chewy, and perfectly spiced, with a bit of sparkle with plain white sugar for everyday, or colored sugars for the holidays. A very old recipe and my go-to ginger cookie!


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • extra granulated sugar or colored sanding sugar, for decorating


  • In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and 1 cup sugar until creamy. Add egg and molasses; beat until combined. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. Then, preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the extra granulated sugar or colored sugar. Place balls on baking sheet about 3 inches apart.
  • Bake for 7 – 9 minutes or until puffy but before they start to crack. (You can do one test cookie to see what the best time is in your oven).
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet and then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Cookies will set up as they cool.


  • Recipe from Frankenmuth Historical Association Heritage Cookbook Volume 3, 1990.



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Nice recipe, but dough was still raw after 7 minutes in the oven. I recommend 10-12 minutes, which still leaves them soft. My oven temp tests true. Browning is not a good index of doneness, since they are brown to begin with. You have to cut open a test cookie.
- Linda in Winnipeg

Love this recipe. I'm a huge ginger cookie fan and these are the best! You can throw in slivers of ginger for an extra punch.
- A Baker

I have used this recipe over and over. It's one of my best Christmas cookies. Soft and flavorful. They also freeze well.
- A Baker

Moist, wonderful flavored cookies. This recipe will be added to our family favorites!
- Karen

Making a double batch for a church cookie walk. I\'ve been making several kinds and these are the best. Simple and delicious.
- Sara

I've made these cookies every year for the last 12 years! They are the BEST! Love them rolled in the coloured sugar for the holidays. Only thing I can't figure out is sometimes they get the nice crackled look and sometimes they don't spread as much and are quite round. Always good.. they just look different.
- LaraB

This is my husband's absolute favorite cookie. I make it all the time and just use plain granulated sugar on them.
- Dina

This is a recipe that everyone insists I make at Christmas or even during the Fall season. Seriously, hands down, THE BEST recipe for Ginger cookies.
- MN Baker
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