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Ginger Cookies from Cade’s Cove

Ginger cookie recipe from cades cove

I was thumbing through Recipes, Remedies & Rumors, a set of cookbooks published by the Cades Cove Preservation Association, when I came across a Ginger Cookie recipe shared by the LeQuire family. I’d been looking for a sweet to make for my bunch and thought the cookies sounded like just thing.

Ginger Cookies

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses or sorghum (I used sorghum)
  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • additional sugar

Crisp ginger cookie recipe from cades cove TN

Cream shortening, egg, sugar, and sorghum together.

Sift together flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, gloves, and ginger.

Add the sifted ingredients a little bit at a time mixing thoroughly after each addition.

Chill cookie dough in frig (I skipped this part and the cookies were still great!)

Roll cookie dough into small round balls about the size of large marbles; roll balls in sugar and place on cookie sheet. Flatten balls slightly with a fork and then bake at 350° for 8 – 10 minutes or until cookies are done. Allow cookies to cool on pan before moving.

Print Ginger Cookies Recipe from Cades Cove Association (right click to open link and print recipe)

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The cookies turned out just great with the perfect crispness. When I was making them Chitter said she didn’t like Ginger Cookies but that was ok. After I pulled the first cookie sheet out of the oven she decided she’d have a small taste just in case. Four cookies later she decided she liked Ginger Cookies after all. The Deer Hunter knew he liked Ginger Cookies before tasting the first one. As the container of cookies begin to empty he allowed he might have to go to rehab once the rest of the cookies were gone.

Check out this link for information on purchasing Recipes, Remedies & Rumors Volume I &II Cades Cove Preservation Association . Drop back by later this week to learn more about the LeQuire family from Cade’s Cove.



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  • Reply
    February 9, 2022 at 4:51 am

    Ginger cookies are definitely one of my all time favorites!

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    Sherry J Artman
    October 29, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    I’m going to make these tomorrow. Congrats Wanda. Love your content Tipper.

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    b. Ruth
    March 3, 2020 at 2:21 am

    I love Ginger Snaps…Mom used to make Ginger Bread and Ginger Snaps….Are your cookies like a Ginger Snap? Are they had to break in half? Are they sort of hot and peppery and well with the taste of Ginger? Some folks put pepper in their Ginger Snap recipe…
    Your recipe looks like a softer cookie recipe, more like a peanut butter cookie or sugar cookie texture…
    Seems like Mom let her Ginger Snaps bake a long time until they dried out more and let them sit for a while on the cookie sheet too…I’ve never made them myself but your post sure brought back memories of my Mom baking and the smell of ginger in the house.
    I do love to slice some fresh pieces of Ginger into Carrots when cooking before glazing them…yummm..
    May give this recipe a try, thank you,
    Love this post today..

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      March 3, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      B.Ruth-it is softer like a peanut butter cookie. I like those crisp cookies too!

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    December 21, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Great recipe! And ginger is a natural cure for upset tummies! When Karen used to fly with her job, I tried to keep some gingersnaps in the house, so she could tuck a handful into her pocketbook, and have them if the flight was making her queasy. I wonder if she could pass inspection with them now! Have a Merry Christmas!

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    Denise Mauck
    January 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I love Ginger Cookies! I’ve been making them from an old recipe for years so I could control the sugar, etc. I’m trying this recipe too. An old client in Augusta used to bring us ginger cookies at the office. Her eyes were always perfect, but just a little bit on the chewy side Kama which I adored. She wouldn’t tell me how she achieved such excellence, so I’ve been trying for years to duplicate iiut. Now, I want cookies!

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    Pam Danner
    February 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Mmmm, Mmmm, I love ginger cookies! I also love Cades Cove! Thank you for the recipe!

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    Ken Roper
    February 22, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I forgot something: Congradulations Wanda on winning one of Charles Fletcher’s Books, and take them Nurses some Good Ginger Cookies.
    It’s warm today, but the rain has started again now, just as I got the 4th wheelboro load of wood in from the shed. Looks like Snow is coming in about 3 days and the cold weather is going to return…Ken

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    February 22, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Congratulations to Wanda! Yum, we love all things ginger. This recipe is going straight to our BP recipe folder. This one is a keeper for sure! PS Glad that Chitter learned she likes ginger cookies.

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    Ken Roper
    February 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Those Ginger Cookies look great! No wonder The Deer Hunter said that about rehab. I don’t set my doe balls in the frig for a few hours either, I make Peanut Butter Cookies alot and they have that cross-haired markings with a fork on them too. Homeade Cookies are the only thing that make me switch from a good, fresh cup of hot coffee to a glass of Cold Mayfield Milk…Ken

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    February 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for the ginger recipe! I really enjoy ginger cookies! I can just smell them baking!

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    Wanda Devers
    February 22, 2016 at 11:51 am

    One of the nurses at my doctor’s office said she was craving gingerbread cookies the last time I was there. Both of the nurses there make me feel like a friend more than a patient. I think I will make some of these & take her some. They look so good.
    I am glad to win the book!! Thanks so much!!

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    Ed Ammons
    February 22, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I never cared too much for Ginger but I thought Mary Ann was cute! If you get it, you are getting old or are watching too many reruns on TV.

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    February 22, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Congrats to Wanda on winning the book!!
    Hubby and I love ginger cookies. I’m always looking for the ‘perfect’ recipe, so I’ll try this one out. Thanks for sharing!

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    Carol Rosenbalm
    February 22, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I’m glad you published this recipe and I’m going to try to make them. An ancestor of the LeQuire family lives over the hill from us & every year he has a reunion of his family. I think also they have a cemetery in Cades cove. I love spice cookies and I hope mine are as good as your looks!
    Thank you for sharing something from my neck of the woods!
    Love in Christ,
    Carol Rosenbalm

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    February 22, 2016 at 9:25 am

    The Deer Hunter’s comment about rehab is the funniest I ever heard! The cookies must have been real good. This recipe sounds like something I would like and a perfect way to use all the sorghum I bought at a great price.

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    February 22, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Looking at those pictures I can smell the ginger! And I love ginger 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 22, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I love ginger cookies, ginger bread, and a touch of fresh ginger in my morning tea. I’m sure I’d like your cookies!
    Congratulations to Wanda! I’m sure I wouldn’t like living off the grid, it would way too much work!

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