Old Fashioned Gingersnaps

You can’t have a holiday season without some delicious old fashioned gingersnaps. This recipe is perfect for events, gifts, and snacking at home! 

You can’t have a holiday season without some delicious old fashioned gingersnaps. This recipe is perfect for events, gifts, and snacking at home! 

Old Fashioned Gingersnap Recipe

Gingersnap cookies are a childhood favorite. I remember being little and walking into the kitchen and being so excited that mom would be making gingersnap cookies. 

To this day, Gingersnap cookies are still a favorite of mine! I love the spices, the texture, and the softness. I am known to make a big batch of Gingersnaps and then freeze them  then when I want a nice warm cookie I take one out, wrap it in a paper towel, and microwave it for a few seconds to make it all soft and delicious! 

If you haven’t made Gingersnaps before this recipe is the perfect one to try! 

Old Fashioned Gingersnap Recipe

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You can’t have a holiday season without some delicious old fashioned gingersnaps. This recipe is perfect for events, gifts, and snacking at home! 

Makes: 28 cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients for Old Fashioned Gingersnaps

You can’t have a holiday season without some delicious old fashioned gingersnaps. This recipe is perfect for events, gifts, and snacking at home! 
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cups butter, softened
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • White sugar for decorating

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How to Make this Old Fashioned Gingersnap Recipe

  • First, you will want to prepare 2 large cookie sheets. To prevent sticking it is recommended that you line your sheets with parchment paper. 
  • Set the prepared cookies sheets aside. 
  • Next, you will preheat your oven to 375 degrees. While it preheats grab a large bowl and your favorite mixer. 
  • Cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. This will take about 1-2 minutes. Add the egg and molasses and beat until smooth. 
  • To this mixture add the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt and stir until well mixed. 

Prepare a bowl or plate with the white sugar intended for decorating. 
Scoop a tablespoon-sized amount of the dough and roll it into a ball.

Dip the top of the ball into the white sugar and place the sugar side up on your cookie sheet. 

Repeat with the remaining dough and place the dough balls about 2 inches apart. 

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are set. 

And there you have it! Time to enjoy your yummy old fashioned gingersnaps! 

You can’t have a holiday season without some delicious old fashioned gingersnaps. This recipe is perfect for events, gifts, and snacking at home! 

Tips and tricks for Old Fashioned Gingersnaps

  1. Try not to overmix your dough when you add the dry ingredients. To ensure the most fluffy and chewy cookie, stir the dry ingredients into the dough just until you don’t see any more flour. The dough should be fully mixed, but no need to go overboard. 
  2. Make sure your butter is room temperature before trying to cream it. It will mix a lot easier and incorporate more smoothly into your dough. 
  3. Try using a silicone baking mat for your cookies instead of parchment paper. They will help your cookies not stick and they are easily cleaned and reused. Less waste and they work great!
  4. If you don’t have cloves or ginger, check to see if you have pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, or something similar. Most of these mixes have a lovely holiday combination of spices and be able to be a good substitute! 
  5. These yummy cookies would be delicious served with a hot chocolate or other warm holiday drink. You could even try dipping your cookies into the drink before enjoying them! 
  6. Try a dark brown sugar instead of the usual household light brown sugar. It will add some extra rich flavor to these cookies! 
You can’t have a holiday season without some delicious old fashioned gingersnaps. This recipe is perfect for events, gifts, and snacking at home! 

Are gingersnap cookies healthy? 

You may have heard that gingersnaps can be a healthier option than alternatives during the holiday season. 

There is quite a bit less sugar and fat in these cookies than some recipes, but keep in mind that they are definitely still cookies! 

Perhaps these are a good option if you are trying to cut back, but they still have a bit of sugar, fat, and sodium in them. 

How long do gingersnap cookies last? 

These cookies are great right after they’ve cooled, but they can also be stored in an air-tight container for about 4 or 5 days. 

If you are serving them at an event or gifting them, make sure you keep them covered and sealed until they will be eaten so that they stay nice and fresh. 

Are ginger snaps the same as gingerbread cookies? 

Yes and no. 

They both have that same delicious molasses flavor that reminds us of the holidays, but the finished product is a little different. 

Gingerbread cookies are a softer cookie and are missing that caramelized sugar coating. Gingersnaps are baked a bit longer and have an extra “snap” when you bite into them. Both are delicious!

Where are gingersnaps from? 

There is evidence of gingersnaps dating back all the way to the middle ages! 

They are also referred to as ginger nuts and were commonly used as a cookie to be dipped into coffee or tea. 

It is thought that they were originally made because molasses was so much cheaper than sugar at the time, but have been kept around because of the delicious taste. 

Can you freeze gingersnap dough? 

This dough should freeze perfectly! 

Make your dough and roll into balls as described, but skip the sugar dipping step. Place them closely on a cookie sheet and pop them in the freezer for an hour. 

Once they are set, put the balls in a freezer-safe bag or container and you will have ready-made dough balls whenever you need them. They will keep in your freezer for about 3 months so you can have these ready for the whole season! 

When you are ready to bake, pull the dough out and dip into the sugar and put on a cookie sheet. Let them sit on the counter to thaw for 30 minutes before baking.

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You can’t have a holiday season without some delicious old fashioned gingersnaps. This recipe is perfect for events, gifts, and snacking at home! 

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Yield: Makes about 2 dozen

Old Fashioned Gingersnaps

You can’t have a holiday season without some delicious old fashioned gingersnaps. This recipe is perfect for events, gifts, and snacking at home! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cups butter, softened
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • White sugar for decorating

Instructions

    1. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
    2. Preheat oven to 375F.
    3. In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
    4. Add the egg and molasses and beat well.
    5. Stir the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt into the creamed mixture until well mixed.
    6. Roll into tablespoon sized balls and dip the tops into the white sugar.
    7. Place the balls sugar side up on the prepared baking tray about 2 inches apart.
    8. Bake until edges are set, about 12-15 minutes.

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