Old Fashioned Gingersnap Cookie Recipe (2024)

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Gingersnaps scream old fashioned with their use of warm spices and molasses. They are a type of crispy cookie that makes a snapping sound when eaten or broken in half.

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The brittle structure of gingersnap cookies makes them easy to package as gifts. The ginger’s spiciness and the molasses’ richness pair well with tea or coffee.

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Ginger flavored cakes have a very long history. Written accounts of ginger breads can be found as early as the 13th century in records of medieval monks in Franconia, Germany.

Variations of ginger snaps, ginger nuts, ginger biscuits, and ginger bread can be found around the world. Early versions of gingersnaps were firm gingerbread biscuits pressed with a stamp that imprinted a decorative pattern.

As English, Dutch, and German settlers came to American colonies, they brought the tradition of baking ginger snaps along with the necessary spices, including dried and powdered ginger.

Gingersnap recipes have appeared in many of the early American cookbooks, including The Improved Housewife by Mrs. A. L. Webster, published in 1844, Miss Beecher’s Domestic Receipt Book by Catharine Beecher, published in 1846, and The Practical Cook Book by Mrs. Bliss in 1850.

This gingersnaps recipe is adapted from my Grandmother’s, The United States Regional Cook Book, published in 1939. When I inherited this cookbook, I noticed several pages marked using bookmarks made from a folded piece of plain paper from our local paper mill. I have kept each bookmark in place all these years. This page spread includes several classic cookie recipes from my childhood, including these gingersnaps. I have used a variation of this recipe for many years.

Steps to Making Gingersnap Cookies

This gingersnap cookie recipe is bursting with ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses flavors and coated with granulated sugar for a bit of sparkle and a crackly coating.

It is important to use fresh spices for this recipe. Older spices lose flavor over time, and you want the full, warm flavors of fresh spices in these cookies.

You will want to use unsulphured molasses in baking sweets, not blackstrap molasses. Molasses made from ripe sugar cane is called unsulfured molasses. It has a higher natural sugar content that helps preserve it. It tastes sweeter and has no additives. Blackstrap molasses is extracted from unripe sugarcane and treated with sulfur dioxide as a preservative. It has less sugar and a somewhat bitter flavor that you don’t want when baking cookies.

You can find the full detailed recipe at the bottom of this article, but here are the illustrated steps to making old-fashioned gingersnaps:

Make the Cookie Dough

  1. Combine the dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Blend the butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses, and continue mixing until everything is well combined.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients: Gradually add the flour mixture a little at a time and combine until well blended.
  4. Cover and chill cookie dough for at least one hour or up to 24 hours.
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Shape and Bake the Cookies

Preheat the oven to 375˚F, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, and add the granulated sugar to a small bowl.

  1. Shape: Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop out about a heaping teaspoon of dough and shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  2. Coat with Sugar: Roll each ball in the sugar to coat all sides, and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  3. Flatten: Use the bottom of a glass to flatten the cookie dough balls for a thin, crisp cookie, or leave them as is for a softer, chewy cookie.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven until edges are set and tops are crackled, about 8 to 10 minutes.
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Cool slightly, remove from the baking sheet, and cool completely on a wire rack. Let the baking sheets cool, and repeat with the next batch until all the cookie dough is used. Makes about 48 cookies.

To store, let the cookies cool completely, and then store them in an airtight container for several weeks, or you can freeze the cookies for up to 6 months.

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Old Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies Recipe

Gingersnaps scream old fashioned with their use of warm spices and molasses. They are a type of crispy cookie that makes a snapping sound when eaten or broken in half.

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Keyword gingersnaps

Prep Time 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes minutes

Chill Time 1 hour hour

Total Time 1 hour hour 25 minutes minutes

Servings 48 cookies

Calories 69kcal

Author Grow a Good Life

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt to a medium bowl. Stir with a wire whisk until combined. Set aside.

  • Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, molasses, and mix until well blended.

  • Gradually add flour mixture a little at a time and mix until well blended. Cover and chill cookie dough for at least one hour (or up to 24 hours).

  • Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Add the granulated sugar to a small bowl.

  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop out about a heaping teaspoon of dough and shape into 1-inch sized balls. Roll each ball in the sugar to coat all sides, and place 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

  • Flatten the dough balls with the bottom of a glass for thin crispy cookies, or leave as is for a soft cookie.

  • Bake in a preheated oven until edges are set and tops are crackled, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly, remove from baking sheet, and cool completely on a wire rack. Makes about 48 cookies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.8g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 9mg

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