Ginger Cookies

Topped with Vanilla Cream Frosting
Servings 4 dozen cookies
Prep Time


  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light molasses
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 6 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Cream Frosting recipe below


  1. Cream margarine and brown sugar; blend in molasses and water. Combine dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight. Shape 2 level tablespoons dought into balls; place 4" apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten with bottom of sugared 2 cup glass measure. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven just until no finger print remains when lightly touched (12-14 minutes). Cool on baking sheet 1 minute. Remove to wire rack to cool. Frost when cooled. Store between sheets of waxed paper in tightly covered container.
  2. Vanilla Cream Frosting: Combine 5 cups sifted powdered sugar, 6 tablespoons half-and-half, 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon salt until smooth.
  3. Tips: For faster measuring, use a level 1/8 cup (2 tablespoon) coffee scoop to measure out the cookie dough.