EF Family Cookbook: Grandma Severs Ginger Cookies Recipe

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For the fourth treasured recipe for our Everlasting Footprint Family Cookbook, Cortni Merritt shares her family recipe for holiday ginger cookies.

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The holiday season is a time when everyone enjoys the best of their favorite foods. Smelling cookies, cakes, pies, and candies in the home of a loved one is one of the warmest, most welcoming feelings to be enveloped in. And no smell says “holiday” quite the same as something with ginger. Gingerbread, ginger snaps, ginger loaf – you name it.

My great-great-grandmother (my grandmother’s grandmother, on my mother’s side) developed a Ginger Cookies recipe that has been coveted in our family for as long as I can remember. For as long as my mom can remember, too. And of course, no ginger cookies I have ever tasted has been as sweet or had the same bite as my great-great-grandmother’s. Made with love, I imagine her hands working furiously and covered with flour. I saw my grandmother’s hands make these cookies using the same traditional techniques. Every year at the holidays, my grandmother’s ginger cookies always meant more than anything from a store.

This year, in honor of my grandmother, and in hopes that I can lure my own young son with the ginger cookies’ deliciousness, I’d like to share this treasured family recipe with everyone, so everyone can experience the love of the women in my family.



Wet ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tbsp. molasses

Dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in dry ingredients once wet ingredients are fully combined. Mix well. Drop dough by teaspoon-fulls onto cookie sheet. Grease the bottom of a glass and dip in sugar, and use the glass to flatten cookies on the sheet. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Grandma Severs Ginger Cookies

Mom says these ginger cookies are best crispy, and many other family members like them soft and flexible. Either way, serve Grandma Severs delicious ginger cookies with a glass of cold milk.

The Everlasting Footprint Storybook is the perfect place to share, collect, and collaborate on family recipes. Create a Footprint for a loved cook in your family, and begin to celebrate your family’s heritage together.


About Cortni Merritt

Managing Editor, Cortni Merritt, MA, reads everything she comes across. She has degrees in both psychology and English, and has been a composition instructor, and a copywriter for lawyers, a coordinator at a dating service, and a property manager of apartments. Cortni makes it her mission to read people's stories.

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