Ginger Snaps


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If you are a fan of ginger snaps like I am, then you gotta give this recipe a try. This recipe came from my mother-in-law. It doesn’t make a hard and crisp ginger snap.

These cookies turn out soft and chewy. In my oven, I even have to cook them less than the recipe calls for. These go great with the pumpkin dip recipe that I posted yesterday. My daughter loves these ginger snaps and requests them often.

This cookie base is made with shortening and brown sugar. These help to make the cookie both soft and chewy. Then there is also some egg an molasses added in there too. Molasses is a key ingredient to any ginger cookie.

You also have your usual flour, salt, and baking soda. Then the last few ingredients give the cookie that wonderful warm flavor. There is cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

One other key thing with this recipe is to not overcook the cookie. The ginger snaps with get crunchy if you over cook them. If you like them crunchy then it’s no big deal. However, for my daughter it’s a huge no no to overcook the cookies.

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Ginger Snaps

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Ginger Snaps


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  1. Combine shortening, sugar, egg, and molasses and mix until combined well. Mix in remaining ingredients. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.
  2. Shape into balls and dip tops in granulated sugar. Place 3″ apart on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 375 for 9-12 minutes (in my oven it’s 7-8 minutes). Remove from cookie sheet immediately. Makes 2 1/2 – 3 dozen.
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Richard September 4, 2022 - 12:35 am

Made this twice now,
2nd go round I added another ½tsp ginger, went just a little heavy on the cinnamon and cloves and added ¼tsp nutmeg. Turned out fantastic both times.
Also added a few chocolate chips to a few cookies just because. .. not bad at all. But it gave a little bit of a burnt taste. Weird but still good.
10 minutes at and altitude of around 4,500 ft was perfect for me.

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Anna December 16, 2010 - 12:38 pm

Hello! I just wanted to pop in and say that these cookies were fantastic! I made them for a work function and they almost didn’t make it because my husband and I kept munching on them. Gingersnaps have always been too crunchy for me, so I’ve never really liked them. These, however, were perfectly chewy and wonderful! Thanks!

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Steph November 1, 2008 - 3:02 pm

My new GO TO recipe…had one friend even say these were her favorite cookes EVER! Thanks for sharing!!!

Stephanie October 25, 2008 - 7:41 am

Oh yum, I love ginger and molasses, and mixed in a cookie they’re even better! I love soft ginger cookies, instead of crispy ones. I think I’ve found the next cookie recipe I’m going to try…