Grandma Ford’s Spice Cookies

October 3, 2012

This is one of our family’s favorite recipes.  My mother’s mother adapted it from a recipe she found somewhere (we think).  Autumn has not arrived until we’ve made Grandma’s cookies.  I have two containers sitting on my counter waiting for an art reception this weekend.  Strong self-discipline and restraint has been required as we taste them with our eyes as we walk by.  Stop by the show and see if we were able to withstand such fragrant temptation!

1.  Preheat oven to 350o

2.  Cream together:
—  ¾ c shortening
—   1 c sugar

3.  Stir in:
—   1 egg
—   ¼ c molasses

4.  Add and stir in:
—   2 c flour
—   2 t baking soda
—   ¼ t salt
—   1 t cinnamon
—   ¼ t ground cloves
—   ¾ t ginger

5.  Drop by teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350o for 8-10 minutes.

6.  Cool on paper bags cut open or cooling racks.  While still warm, sprinkle with powder sugar in a sifter or wire sieve.

Makes 2-3 dozen, but I make at least a double, and most times a quadruple batch of these, they are so good!



  1. These sound good. Can’t wait to try them!

    • Come to the Art Bank Friday night for a sample with hot cider!

  2. yum yum yum!! I’m drooling over here!

    • For good reason, Margaret. Best. Cookies. Ever.

      I just made a yummy discovery with the last batch: take a bite of cookie, then a bite of apple… Autumn at its most delicious!

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