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Grandma’s Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies

old fashioned ginger snap cookies

I love baking batches of Grandma’s Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies recipe. Her recipe makes spicy and crunchy gingersnap cookies!

My Grandma Rood had a sweet tooth, as evident in our family cookbooks.

Generally speaking, the main course section was about ten pages long and the other 80 pages of the book contains cakes, cookies and desserts.

Oh, and to be fair, I suppose there is a salad section. “Salads” back in the day often consisted of jello mixes and whipped topping. Clearly I was born a decade or two too late.

There’s not a single recipe for baked kale chips in this family heirloom!

But oh, the treasure of baked goods her recipes are! I’m so glad to share her old fashioned ginger snap cookies recipe with you.

What are ginger snaps?

Ginger snaps are made with ground ginger and other spices such as clove, cinnamon and molasses. I’m sure the number and variety of gingersnap cookies recipes been passed down from generation to generation number more than the stars in the sky!

For me, this recipe is full of cozy aromas and makes me recall memories of Grandma baking in her kitchen with cabinets that touched the ten foot ceilings in her farm house.

She always seemed to have these cookies in her legendary cookie jar, as other grandkids can attest!

Ingredients in Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies

old fashioned ginger snap cookie ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make homemade ginger snaps.

  • shortening, aka Crisco. Because these cookies are made with shortening, it’s a crunchy ginger snap recipe.
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • molasses, which is a slow pouring and deeply colored derivative of sugar cane. You’ll find it in the baking aisle or by the maple syrup
  • salt
  • spices – ground ginger, cinnamon and cloves
  • baking soda

How Do You Make Ginger Snap Cookies

This is a simple recipe to make.

In a stand mixer, cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses and egg; beat well. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl.

In a medium sized bowl, sift together salt, flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and baking soda. Add to mixer and incorporate, mixing well.

The dough will be very dense. Chill the dough for at least two hours.

old fashioned gingersnap cookie dough

Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon, measure and roll into small bowls. Dip each ball into sugar and place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until light brown and crackled. Do not overbake, per Grandma’s instructions!

CAN YOU FREEZE GINGERSNAP COOKIES?

Oh, snap! Yes you can!

I love to make cookie dough to freeze for later. Simply make the dough and before baking, roll into balls.

Freeze on a parchment or waxed paper lined cookie tray for an hour or two. Once the cookie dough freezes remove and place into a ziplock type bag, or package them for gift giving in these little containers!

gingersnap cookies

It’s also a great idea to freeze dough for yourself. If you want just a few cookies, or unexpected company comes by, pull a few cookies to bake. Easy peasy!

old fashioned gingersnap cookies

Gift Labels for Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies

old fashioned ginger snap cookies gift tag

Can ginger snap cookies soothe an upset stomach?

According to my Grandma, yes! Granted, I am not a doctor or nutritionist – disclaimer unnecessary, I’m sure you know that by now – but ginger is said to soothe an upset stomach.

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5 from 4 votes

Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies

I love baking batches of Grandma’s Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies recipe. Her recipe makes spicy and crunchy gingersnap cookies!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: old fashioned ginger snap cookies
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 145kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4.5 cups flour sifted
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 4 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  • In a stand mixer, cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses and egg; beat well. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl.
  • In a medium sized bowl, sift together salt, flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and baking soda. Add to mixer and incorporate, mixing well.
  • Chill the dough for at least two hours.
  • Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon, measure and roll into small bowls. Dip each ball into sugar and place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until light brown and crackled. Do not overbake, per Grandma's instructions!

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    December 2, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    5 stars
    Best time of the year to try these super delicious and flavorful cookies. Best option for gifting too.

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    December 2, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    5 stars
    These cookies bring back all the memories of Christmas growing up. This is a great recipe. Can’t wait to share these with my neighbors in their goody bags.

  • Reply
    Caroline
    December 2, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    5 stars
    There’s something special about handed-down recipes, whatever they are, but gingersnaps are so delicious as well. These look great!

  • Reply
    Beth
    December 2, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    5 stars
    I think your Grandma and I would be great friends! I would love her recipe book too! These cookies look wonderful and will be a big hit around my home for the holidays!

  • Reply
    Calleigh
    December 3, 2019 at 12:04 am

    These gingersnaps cookies satisfy all my desires: light and crispy, with spicy kind of ginger.

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