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Gingerbread Cookies

Old fashioned gingerbread

When the winter wind blows I always get a craving for gingerbread and that craving usually kicks in during the Christmas holiday.

Granny Gazzie’s Gingerbread Cookie recipe is one of those old ones with amounts like wads instead of true measurements. Over the years Granny and I have worked out the exact measurements pretty well. Its my favorite gingerbread recipe because the cookies are not overly sweet or spicy.

Granny Gazzie’s Gingerbread Cookies

  • 1 small glass milk (1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup syrup (sorghum)
  • big wad of lard (2 and 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 3 cups self-rising flour (I changed it to self-rising just to make it easier)
  • 1 egg

Old time gingerbread

Beat lard and syrup until well blended; add egg-beat well. Mix spices with flour; alternately add milk and flour to syrup mixture to make a soft dough.

Granny gazzies gingerbread cookies

Using additional flour roll out dough and cut into desired shapes. I used a toothpick to make simple designs in mine.

Gingerbread cookies from appalachia

Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. If you make yours as thick as I did, if you make them thinner they’ll cook in less time.

100 year old gingebread recipe

Not a crunchy cookie at all more like bread, but oh so good with a cup of coffee.


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  • Reply
    Dona Silver
    February 13, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    I love your post Tioper. I am going to try these cookies for sure. I bake a lot of gingerbread during the Christmas season but I have never used milk in the recipe.
    This week for Valentine’s Day I decided to bake a Jamaican sticky ginger cake. Wow. I had to order certain ingredients over the internet like stemmed ginger in syrup but it was worth it.
    My family and friends are in love with these loaf cakes
    Thanks once again

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    Pamela Danner
    December 28, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I see ginger! I love gingerbread cookies. I will have to try these soon, thank you so much for sharing!

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    December 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    The cookies sound sooo good, and I bet the scent of them baking wafting through the house is amazing too – especially if a chill wind is blustering outside (like is around our house right now – brrr).
    God bless.

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    December 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Carol-thank you for the comment!! Yes shortening will work just fine. I know what you mean about the heat wave were having LOL : )

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    Carol Rosenbalm
    December 28, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Hope your family had a Merry Christmas! I’m going to make gingerbread cookies tomorrow while my grandsons are here! Question can you use shortening instead of lard?
    Hope making gingerbread helps my 70 degree sadness!
    Carol R.

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    Ken Roper
    December 28, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Soon as I get here of the mornings, right after feeding my impatient Cats, I make Coffee and have a Honey Bun with it. Any day now that may change, but I’ve been on this roll for several months and it suits me. My little dog Whisky has the patience of Job (like me), and he cleans up the Cat’s mess.
    Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year…Ken

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    Ken Roper
    December 28, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I like gingerbread cookies too, but I like Coffee even better. I use to buy the snaps at the grocery store somewhere but can’t recall where. Yours look soft and delicious, and those animals make it more fun to eat…Ken

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    December 28, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I noticed the pig and acorn theme. Good job! With all these wonderful recipes, please consider developing a cookbook for sale to your readers in the new year. If you do it, leave some empty pages for the new recipes you develop that can be added later by your readers. These look delicious; I consider them a must try.

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    b. Ruth
    December 28, 2015 at 10:19 am

    My Mother loved Ginger Snaps…she never made them…only got the store-boughten…These as you know, are dry and snap when you take a bite.
    She started buying them after she couldn’t find the right Molasses/Sorghum for the dark/black Gingerbread that she loved to make. Wow, did that aroma waft thru the house and starve one child to death! We could hardly wait until the Gingerbread pan would cool…Mother would (dip the cream off the fresh delivered milk) whip fresh cream and put a dollop on top of the square of thick gingerbread. I tell you it was beautiful on the saucer, dark Gingerbread with a big dollop of lightly sweetened, pure white whipped cream on top…why it was Christmas all over again! ha
    Oh my, I wish she was around to make me a big ole pan of Gingerbread right this minute…
    Only one time do I remember her making us Gingerbread men. It was trendy in the 40’s/early 50’s to make for children and for them to decorate these bad boys…ha She had one big aluminum cutter…that I have now. We never liked them as well as her Gingerbread, however!
    Tipper she would have loved your Grannie Gazzie’s cookies with her coffee in the early mornings!
    Thanks Tipper for the recipe!

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    December 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Daddy used to talk about the gingerbread his mom made and how he would love to have some. I tried every recipe I could find hoping to make the treat he longed for. When he went back home for a visit, his oldest sister had made him a big pan of gingerbread that looked nothing like what I had been making. It was made in an oblong pan and was very similar to a thin cake. She had dusted powdered sugar on the top instead of frosting. I’m so sorry I didn’t get the recipe before she passed away.

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    Miss Cindy
    December 28, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I love the pig and acorn cookie cutter shapes. Bet those cookies are wonderful with a nice cup of coffee…..I’ll be right over!

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    eva nell mull wike, PhD
    December 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Tipper: Gingerbread was one of my mother’s favorite treats in the winter time. I may get inspired – as it is too wet to plow – and make some gingerbread cookies.
    I’ll bet you will be getting some stormy weather – as we have been so lucky to miss those deadly storms recently down South of us. But I hope the sun shines!
    Eva Nell

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    December 28, 2015 at 8:42 am

    B.- thank you for catching my typo/omission! I’ve updated the recipe. Funny I left out the most important ingredient : )
    Have a great day!

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    December 28, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Harry-thank you for catching my typo/omission! I’ve updated the recipe. Funny I left out the most important ingredient : )
    Have a great day!

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    Ron Stephens
    December 28, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I am a gingerbread fan. My Grandma usually had some on top of the old Gibson icebox and underneath the beat up and scratched metal cake cover. I never think of gingerbread without thinking of ‘the old place’ where the cousins played hide and seek under the yard light. Grandma made gingerbread kind of as a sheet cake and cut it into squares. It was rather dense but nice and spicy.
    Thanks for the recipe.
    By the way, have you ever had, as best you recall, the words ‘shackly’ or ‘dusky dark’ on one of your vocabulary tests ? I seem to remember someone posting something about ‘shackly’ but alas, my memory is not what it was. I just thought of those two for no apparent reason the other day.

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    Harry Adams
    December 28, 2015 at 8:27 am

    There is no ginger in your ginger bread cookies.

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    b. Ruth
    December 28, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I love Ginger….where is the Ginger in your Gingerbread cookies and ummmm…the brown sugar;;
    Did the Gingerbread man run away with your Ginger? HA
    and sometimes Mom added ground cloves…
    Thanks Tipper…..just wondering!

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    December 28, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Grannie Gazzie’s gingerbread cookie recipe sounds very much like the one made around our house in Choestoe. One of the fondest memories of returning (walking) the mile from Choestoe Country School when I was young was smelling gingerbread cooking when I opened the door. The after-school snack was warm gingerbread cookies and a glass of cold milk! Quite a treat after a day at school with a lunch we’d carried from home in a “lard pail” or a “sorghum syrup tin bucket”. The gingerbread and milk made us know we were home and well provided for!

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