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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day One

If you know me, you know I love to bake. I recently came across this list of cookies on Pinterest and thought a lot of them sounded delicious and looked so cute! So I had an idea. What if I did the 12 Days of Christmas but with cookies? I thought it was cute and cheesy and perfect. I'll be honest - making 12 different kinds of cookies sounds super overwhelming. But I decided I could do it. And here we are! For the next 12 days I'll be bringing you guys a new cookie recipe that is perfect for the holiday season. Hope you enjoy! Here is my first cookie. 

Giant Ginger Cookies

These aren't necessarily the most beautiful cookies - but man do they taste good! I think these were one of my favorite, since they were so huge and chewy and I'm a big fan of ginger.


4 1/2 cups all purpose flour

4 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 c shortening

2 c sugar

1/2 c molasses

3/4 c coarse or granulated sugar


In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds to soften. Gradually add the 2 cups granulated sugar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and molasses. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour mixture.

Shape dough into 2-inch balls using 1/4 cup dough. Roll balls in the 3/4 cup coarse or granulated sugar. Place about 2-1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are light brown and puffed. (Do not overbake or cookies will not be chewy.) Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. 

I followed this recipe pretty much exactly, but I didn't have quite enough shortening so I just added some butter. Let me know if you make these delicious cookies & hope you're all having a wonderful Holiday Season! 

Giant Ginger Cookies | Recipe Source: Better Homes and Gardens