12 Posts of Christmas Recipes

12 Posts of Christmas: Gram’s Ginger Cookies

12 Posts of Christmas


Post 10 – Gram’s Ginger Cookies

Waaayy back in 1989 someone in my extended family put together a family cookbook.  My Grandma Norma’s mother’s (Gram) ginger cookie recipe is in this cookbook. Now, I might be a little bit biased, but I think they are the absolute best ginger cookies. They are soft and chewy, and nice and gingery. My mom has been baking these cookies at Christmas for as long as I can remember and that tradition has now been passed on to me. I don’t think Christmas would feel the same if I didn’t bake at least one batch of Gram’s Ginger Cookies.

Last Friday, I invited my friend Lani over to bake cookies with me. As I learned earlier in the week, when baking with Lana, baking is a lot more efficient (and fun) when you have another set of hands to help out.

Gram’s Ginger Cookies

–  3/4 cup margarine
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 egg
– 1/4 cup molasses
– 2 tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp ground ginger
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– 2 cups flour
– 1/2 tsp salt

Ingredients for Ginger Cookies
Ingredients for Ginger Cookies

1. Turn the oven on to 350 degrees to start warming. Cream together the sugar and margarine until they are light and fluffy.

Margarine and sugar
Margarine and sugar

2. Mix in the egg.

Creaming together the sugar and margarine
Creaming together the sugar and margarine

3. Lightly spray a measuring cup with cooking spray (this will help the molasses come out easier) and use the measuring cup to measure out the molasses. Mix the baking soda with the molasses in the measuring cup and then add to the sugar mixture.

Sugar, margarine, eggs, vanilla, molasses and baking soda
Sugar, margarine, eggs, molasses and baking soda

4. Add the ginger, cinnamon and salt to the mixture.

5. Carefully add the flour into the dough and mix to incorporate.

The dough is ready
The dough is ready

6. Use a cookie scoop (or your hands) to make small balls of dough. Roll the doughs in granulated sugar and then place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Rolling the dough balls in sugar
Rolling the dough balls in sugar
Ready for the oven
Ready for the oven

7. Bake the cookies in the oven for about 8-10 minutes and once done, allow the cookies to cool slightly on the sheet before moving them onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Cookies cooling
Cookies cooling

8. Enjoy immediately! Or, put the cookies in a tin to save for later or put some in a ziplock to give away to your friend who is going to Hawaii.

Ginger Cookies
Ginger Cookies

To me, these cookies are one of the many little things that make-up a Stanley Christmas. Thanks again for your help baking, Lani! 🙂

Happy Monday!


  1. I love the cookies, too, but like them baked a bit longer so they are crisper. I also don’t think the texture turns out quite as we’ll since the evil transfats were removed from margarine.

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