Spicy Ginger Cookies


  • 2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coarse sugar crystals, or as needed


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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Whisk brown sugar, shortening, butter, molasses, eggs, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl until glossy; fold in flour until dough is just-combined.

Pour coarse sugar into a shallow bowl. Roll dough into 48 balls. Roll balls in sugar and place 2-inches apart on a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until the tops of the cookies crack, about 9 minutes.