Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Crunchy, Spicy Gingersnap Cookies

Traditional Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Crunchy, spicy, and yummy are all words used to describe a good gingersnap cookie.  My hands-down, favorite cookie is a gooey chocolate chip cookie but occasionally spice cookies, like gingersnaps and this molasses cookie, call my name.  Did you know the gingersnap cookies we make in the United States are related to ginger cookies made in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia?

Gingersnaps Cookies

In the U.S., gingersnaps are usually a drop cookie with lots of cracks in the surface.  That's exactly how I like them.  Those found in other countries may be thinner and sliced.  The Lebkuchen, a traditional German cookie, and the pepparkakor, from Sweden, are often cut into festive shapes.  My gingersnaps are round.

These gingersnaps are tasty cookies any time of the year.  Their spiciness is perfect as a holiday cookie, as well.  Enjoy them with a hot cup of coffee or tea, or a tall glass of milk.  In the summer, spread some vanilla ice cream between two gingersnap cookies for a sweet and spicy ice cream sandwich.  You can even crush ginger snaps and use them for a cheesecake crust.  However you decide to use them, gingersnaps should be in your cookie rotation.
Crunchy, Spicy Ginger Snaps

Gingersnap Cookies

Gingersnaps cookies ready to bake
Ginger Snaps Ready for the Oven
Printer Friendly Recipe
Makes 2 dozen 3-1/2 inch cookies


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • granulated sugar for rolling the cookies


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Mix together the brown sugar, oil, egg, and molasses in the bowl of your mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment.  In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.  Add the dry ingredients to the molasses mixture, mixing to combine.

Roll the dough into balls 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches in size.  Roll each ball in the granulated sugar to cover.  Place the balls on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until browned and the centers are set.

Baked Gingersnap Cookies
Yummy Ginger Snaps
You might also like this molasses cookie recipe.
This sugar cookie with buttercream frosting is one of my favorites, too.

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  1. Are these similar to snickerdoodles? My husband loves those.

    1. No, Heather, these gingersnaps are not at all like snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles are softer with a more mild flavor.


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