Nauvoo Gingerbread Cookies

Nauvoo Gingerbread Cookies

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"A delicious gingerbread cookie from historic Nauvoo, Illinois. These used to be made by Mormon pioneers in the 1840's"
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1 h 35 m servings 83 cals
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Original recipe yields 72 servings



  • Calories:
  • 83 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 2.4 g
  • 4%
  • Carbs:
  • 14.2g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 37 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, molasses, lard, and hot water until smooth. Stir in eggs. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger; stir into the batter to make a soft dough. Add more flour if needed. Cover the bowl and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour, or until firm.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cookies appear dry in the center.


  1. 114 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Now ... I've never been a big fan of Gingerbread, as a general rule. I tolerated it! As taste goes, JUST because I'm me, I'd give these a "4" ... but to be fair, as Gingerbread goes these are ...

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this is receiving one star only for the texture of the cookie. They tasted like cardboard! I even added extra spices (nutmeg and cloves) and extra ginger and cinnamon. The dough was easy to work...

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Now ... I've never been a big fan of Gingerbread, as a general rule. I tolerated it! As taste goes, JUST because I'm me, I'd give these a "4" ... but to be fair, as Gingerbread goes these are ...

I've put off trying this recipe. Not sure why, but that was a big mistake. This is the best gingerbread recipe I have tried to date. It's light in color, it puffs up nicely, and it stays soft...

I love these cookies! They stay soft forever. The dough is easy to work with and has a beautiful color. Great christmas recipe!

Wonderful! Super easy recipe. The dough has great texture and is fun to work with. I substituted shortening for the lard. I made the recipe in the morning while making breakfast for the kids...

This is the only gingerbread cookie recipe I will ever need again! If you want a nice soft, not-too-spicy gingerbread cookie, this is the one to try. Don't over-bake, though. Like the directions...

very nice gingerbread cookie. I made the dough two days before we rolled them out, and it kept nicely in the fridge. The cookies are soft yet firm and have nice ginger flavor. Perfect for dec...

THis recipe was wonderful, it took a long itme to make, but it turned out the cutest little gingerbread men that I've ever seen!

this was great! downside: took very long time to make!

These cookies were the BEST gingerbread cookies I have ever tasted!!! Soft, chewy, delightful, sweet! We will be making these again for Christmas Eve! :D Thanks!

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