Amish Ginger Cookies
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Serves: 8 dozen
  • 2 cup shortening
  • 3 cup molasses
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 11 c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cup buttermilk or sour milk (hint: to make your own sour milk, add 1-2 tsp vinegar/lemon juice to regular milk and let sit a few minutes)
  1. In a non-stick pan, heat molasses, sugar and shortening until melted.
  2. Add milk, stir until smooth and remove from heat. In another bowl mix dry ingredients together. Stir in liquid ingredients.
  3. Stir till you have a smooth dough.
  4. Don’t worry, dough will seem too soft -don’t add more flour.
  5. Chill dough in refrigerator for an hour.
  6. Roll out ½ inch thick and cut out with a 3 inch cutter.
  7. You can glaze with a beaten egg or sprinkle with coarse sugar (sometimes called sanding sugar). If you are in a hurry, after chilling roll the dough into 2 ½ inch balls and dip into sugar, flatten gently onto cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 350F for 20-25 minutes.
Recipe by Amish 365 at