Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Gingerbread Cookies

   It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s!  Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me.  I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers.

So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy.  It might be a main course recipe.  A cookie or baked item.  Candy.  Salads.  Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is GINGERBREAD COOKIES.

Yeah, I know Christmas is only 2 days away but the holidays aren’t complete without gingerbread cookies. And there’s still time to have your…cookie, and eat it too. So pull out those favorite cookie cutters and fill the house with the best scent of the holiday season!

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I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s.  Happy eating!


P.S.  We’re at 17 recipes and counting with this posting.  Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, etc.



1/3 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cup dark molasses
2/3 cup water
7 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves (optional)
1 tsp. cinnamon

Cream shortening and brown sugar, Stir in molasses. Add water slowly. Measure flour into sifter along with other dry ingredients and sift together in separate bowl to blend well. Add  to molasses mixture and mix slowly. Chill about 1-1/2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out on lightly floured surface to 1/2-inch thick and cut with floured cookie cutters. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet, 10-12 minutes. Cool and, if desired, decorate with icing, nuts, candies, etc.

4 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Gingerbread Cookies”

  1. Yum…thanks for the recipe Karen! I’ve been on the search for a good gingerbread cookie recipe and this might be the one! Sounds delish! I hate to say it but the last batch I made I used a boxed recipe…it was good, but there’s nothing quite like homemade 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, Christine. I hope this is the recipe for you! These are relatively easy to make, just takes a bit of fridge time. The recipe calls for cloves (it says optional because some people just don’t like it) so you’ll have to determine how much UP to the one teaspoon you like. Might take a couple of trials. Personally, I like the cloves.

      Merry Christmas, Christine! I hope you and your family has a wonderful holiday weekend!


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