The Recipe Box: Gingersnaps

Last night, I had a hankering for gingersnaps. These have been one of my most favorite cookies since I was a kid. My mom would buy the one-pound bags of gingersnaps from the grocery store, and I could usually manage to sneak an extra cookie or two into my (Barbie) lunchbox…or as an afternoon snack. They’re the sort of cookie that works if it’s crispy or chewy—though of course, then they don’t ‘snap’! Plus, they have that wonderful spicy taste and smell like Christmas. If there’s one thing I support, it’s having a bit of Christmas all year long

So, here is the recipe for gingersnaps, which you can also find at It makes about two dozen cookies.

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

    Cue choirs of angels.

As you can see, they look like perfect gingersnaps: round and crackle-topped. I can also assure you that these taste as good as they look.

Sing-Along Suggestion: typically, I pick one of the many podcasts I follow, but I was feeling like listening to some music last night, and opted for The Puppini Sisters: in the style of the sister acts of the 30s and 40s, they do both old standards and modern songs in swing rhythm (check out their cover of Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love”!)


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