Civil War Ginger Spice Cookies

Susan Feliciano


We've had this recipe for years. I'm not sure where the name "Civil War" came from, except maybe the recipe has been around that long. I used to take these to work and the doctors would gobble them up. They are moist, not hard, and keep for a long time. I think they are a perfect cookie.
One note: the original recipe called for lard. I changed it to butter because we don't keep lard in the house. But I know my grandmother did.


★★★★★ 4 votes

8-9 dozen cookies
15 Min
10 Min


  • 1 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 2
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    hot water
  • 5 c
    flour (approximate)

How to Make Civil War Ginger Spice Cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. You will need several UNgreased baking sheets.
  2. Cream together brown sugar, butter, and sorghum. Add eggs; beat until well blended.
  3. Stir baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into hot water; stir into creamed mixture, blending thoroughly. Add flour and mix well.
  4. Drop dough from a teaspoon onto an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar, or flatten with a glass dipped in white sugar.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in pans, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

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About Civil War Ginger Spice Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Heirloom

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