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Cemetery Ginger Cookies

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 20 mins

Makes 5 dozen

These easy-to-bake cookies have just the right amount of spice.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup Demerara sugar
  • Parchment paper

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 6 ingredients.

  2. Beat butter and granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until creamy. Add molasses and egg, beating until well blended. Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until blended after each addition. Cover and chill 2 to 4 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in Demerara sugar to coat. Place balls 2 inches apart on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Flatten balls slightly with bottom of a glass.

  4. Bake at 325°, in batches, for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and cool 10 minutes.

From Food to Die For, benefitting the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia.