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Gingerbread Cake Cookies

Prep time
3 1⁄2 hours
Desserts | Cookies/Bars | Baked goods
Special Diets
Kid Friendly

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These are a cakey version of gingerbread cookies; soft with molasses, warm spices, and a crunchy layer of sparkling sugar.


3 call-purpose flour
1 tbaking soda
1 tcinnamon
1 tginger (ground)
1⁄2 tallspice (ground)
1⁄2 tcloves (ground)
1⁄2 tsalt
1⁄4 tblack pepper (ground )
8 Tbutter (unsalted, room temperature)
1⁄4 cvegetable shortening
1⁄2 clight brown sugar (packed)
2⁄3 cmolasses (unsulphured)
1 egg (large)
3⁄4 cturbinado sugar


In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda. cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Use a stand mixer or handheld mixer to cream the butter and vegetable shortening until smooth. Add the brown sugar and mix until fluffy, about 2 minutes, then mix in the molasses and egg. With a spoon, gradually mix in the flour and spice mixture. Turn the dough onto a clean surface and divide in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at lest 2 1/2 hours (or up to 2 days.)

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Place the turbinado sugar in a shallow dish. Form balls of dough about 3/4-inch in diameter, and dip each one in the turbinado sugar. Arrange on parchment-lined cookie sheets about an inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet mid-way through the baking time, until the edges of the cookies are firm. 

Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. When completely cool, they can be stored in a covered container up to 5 days.