Gingersnap Cookies - perfect for the Holiday.

Gingersnaps

Gingersnap Cookies - these are the crispy ones! Old Fashioned but will win your heart!

I remember baking Gingersnap Cookies with my Mom. Kneeling on a chair at the kitchen table, it was always the job of us kids to take a glass (and the one we used had a little design on the bottom – it might have been one of Mom’s crystal glasses) dip it in sugar and gently press the cookies before baking.

Gingersnap Cookies - perfect for the Holiday.
Gingersnap Cookies – perfect for the Holiday.

We were always so proud of our little imprints, but when the cookies came out of the oven, there was no sign of a design. Just sugary crusted crinkles. It was a mystery to my young self!! I can’t find that recipe, but I did find this one that looks very close to what I remember.

I thought these were fantastic, and I certainly ate more than my fair share! Thank goodness Kraig stopped by to help out with the “chore.” I also used these in my Make Ahead Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits. Yum! While the flavor was great, and after a bit of trial and error, these Gingersnaps baked up crisp all the way through, these cookies didn’t have the almost “shattering” crispness I think Gingersnaps should have.

I didn’t flatten them with a glass, though, so I next time around, I’ll give that a go. I also thought about leaving these to cool in the oven with the door ajar, but we have (okay I have) a little trouble delaying gratification.

Gingersnap Cookies - perfect for the Holiday.
Gingersnap Cookies – perfect for the Holiday.

I’d recommend a test batch when you make them. Make a few, let them cool and then see if your timing is going to get you crisp cookies all the way through or if they’re still a little soft in the middle – my first cookie sheet full baked up a little soft so the next went in for a minute longer.

Here’s a case where you don’t want to use butter. Shortening is the way to go, here. I also thought they baked up best with the most crinkles when baked on a standard (not an air-bake) cookie sheet, and 1 tray at a time in the top third of the oven. It took longer, but I think the quality of the cookie made it worth the extra baking time.

As far as the most bang for your buck, this is THE time of the year to stock up on baking goods and specials. See my list of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Savings.

Gingersnap Cookies - perfect for the Holiday.
Gingersnap Cookies – perfect for the Holiday.

Gingersnaps

  • Servings: 30
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 cups flour, stir to lighten, then scoop out into measuring cup with a spoon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dark molassess
  • cinnamon sugar: 1/3 cup sugar plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Sift, or mix with a whisk, the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a mixing bowl. 

Place the shortening into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Gradually beat in the white sugar. Beat in the egg, and dark molasses. Add flour mixture in three additions, mixing well after each.

Scoop or pinch teaspoon portions of dough and roll into a ball about 1″ in diameter. Roll each ball into cinnamon sugar. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven until the tops are rounded and slightly cracked, about 10 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an air tight container.

Note: Cookies bake best, one pan at a time, in the top third of the oven.

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33 thoughts on “Gingersnaps”

  1. Love a cookie with a history Mollie! these have pretty much the same spices as the gingerbread we make at Christmas– so I’m imagining just how they taste! They look spicy delicious!! hugs from here!!

  2. Great recipe Mollie – gingersnaps are a personal favorite and right around the holidays too. Ginger anything sits well with me, you nailed this one my friend 🙂

        1. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin. I remember my mother making strudel with grated pumpkin in it, when I was a kid, but it didn’t get a great response from my brother and myself. My dad (who had a real sweet tooth), of course, gobbled in down.

          Later on in my late 20s, my brother and SIL started a chocolate store (he took beginning classes in becoming a chocolatier) and he made several seasonal fudges … including cranberry and pumpkin. I LOVED the pumpkin version, surprisingly.

          1. Oh, I bet it was fun to taste test everything! 🙂 There are a couple of stores around here that just sell candies and lots of fudge, but I’m usually prone to just get the classic. I might have to be more open minded!

    1. They’re almost identical. I wonder if the sifting made a difference. Also mine look lighter – I wonderm now, if I forgot to add the cloves and didn’t realize it? Do you remember if you went full white sugar or 1/2 white and 1/2 brown. I would think the brown sugar would make a softer cookie, but I used all white.

      1. Half and half sugar … the ** is what I used in that particular batch. I alternate between buying dark and ‘golden’ brown sugar, depending on what’s on sale. Sometimes, I throw in turbinado or demarara sugar, if it’s lying around. And, of course, there’s always the lighting. 🙂

        I also noticed that I didn’t ‘press down’ on the balls of dough before baking. I would have made note of it in the recipe.

  3. Well, I think these look fantastic. The shape and crackle across the top–money. I need to take pointers from you on this, as the last time I made ginger snaps I really wasn’t too happy with the results. Great job Mollie 😀

    1. Hi Jess, while these were great and everyone loved them, they weren’t what I would call the pinnacle of gingersnaps for me! Don’t get me wrong, I’ll make them again (I could hardly stop eating them) but I’ll probably keep experimenting and trying other recipes, too 🙂

  4. I simply love gingersnaps, but never made ’em. I like my super-crunchy-crispy… I’m not a baker by any stretch of the imagination, but I wonder if they will come out crisper with a little less baking soda added?

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