Spicy Gingerbread Cookies

Spicy gingerbread cookies boast slightly crunchy edges with a chewy center full of spicy ginger and cinnamon flavors.
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword spicy gingerbread cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Servings 24
Author Lauren


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup molasses or 1/4 cup for a milder flavor
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger or 1/2 teaspoon for a milder flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour or 2 cups if making the less spicy version
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling dough balls


  • Whip butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in molasses, egg and vanilla. Scrape sides of bowl and stir again.
  • In separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients and spices. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into butter mixture until thick, uniform dough has formed and no dry ingredients can be seen.
  • Place dough into refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove and scoop dough into tablespoons.
  • Roll into ball and toss in granulated sugar. Place two inches apart on greased baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Cool 3 minutes on baking sheet and remove to cooling rack. Store in air tight containers for up to 4 days. YUM!