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Soft Lemon Ginger Cookies Recipe: Spring into Spring

Lemon Ginger Cookies Recipe

Lemon Ginger Cookies Recipe

Spring is in the air–and what says “Spring” better than this Lemon Ginger Cookies Recipe!

These are so easy to throw together and really, really soft. This is from an old hand-written index card that I bought from a (now closed) antique shop in Rensselaer, Indiana once upon a time with just a few variations of my own.

Fast to fix, if you get the idea to try them out at 9:00 at night you would still get to enjoy them by 9:30 and not even have to share them.

Lemon Ginger Cookies Recipe

Soft Lemon Ginger Cookies

Yield: 3 Dozen Cookies

Hand-written on an old recipe card, I purchased a basket full of them from a now closed antique shop in Rensselaer, Indiana.


  • 1/2 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup BBrown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Granulated Sugar for Sprinkling


  1. Preheat 350* oven.
  2. Cream shortening and brown sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add egg, lemon extract, and lemon juice.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  5. Mix together just until combined.
  6. I use a 2 teaspoon cookie dough scoop, plop ‘em in the bowl with granulated sugar, and roll ‘em around.
  7. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet (I always use parchment paper) 2” apart.
  8. Bake at 350* for 12 to 15 minutes until cookies are golden.
  9. Remove from sheet after a few minutes to cool.

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By |2013-10-15T21:06:53+00:00March 24th, 2010|Eat, Little Towns, Recipes|5 Comments

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."


  1. Jenn May 13, 2010 at 11:32 am

    YUMMY ~ lemon ~ ginger ~ YUM!
    What a fun fun find!!

    found ya on Sits!!

    I will be back for sure!! =)

    Jenn ~

  2. Jessica Nunemaker April 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I buy it dried in a small container (it doesn’t last forever and I don’t use it everyday). You can find it with the rest of the spices at any grocery store — even one in a small town! 😉

  3. Happy Mommy April 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Oh. So go to try these. Just wondering, do you use fresh ginger and grate that or can you buy in dried?
    Stopping by from SITS. ~Monica

  4. Sherri @ Luv a Bargain March 27, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Oh my goodness…these look so delicious 🙂 I have never added ginger….what a great idea.

    Have a wonderful Saturday! Stopping by from SITS..Happy Saturday Sharefest! 🙂
    .-= Sherri @ Luv a Bargain´s last blog ..Printable coupons for today =-.

  5. justine March 26, 2010 at 9:15 am

    These sound great! Soft cookies are the best and the ginger sounds like a great addition.
    .-= justine´s last blog ../one/hundred/seventy/two/ =-.

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