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Grandma's Gingersnaps Recipe
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Grandma's Gingersnaps

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"This was my mother-in-law's recipe and my husband's favorite. Shorten or lengthen the cooking time for a softer or crisper cookie."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and molasses until well blended. Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; stir into the molasses mixture to form a dough. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll the balls in the remaining sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 28, 2005

Add cardamom! It will take your gingersnaps to a whole new level, I promise! 1/4 tsp per batch (or more if you're brave). Cardamom is somewhat peppery, and is the perfect addition to any gingerbread/snap/cookie recipe. I used margarine and butter because we like our cookies chewy. Happy Baking!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 07, 2010

Very tasty cookie but nothing like what I expected. There was no way that dough was the right consistency to roll and so they were drop cookies. They spread out a LOT. I don't know why this happened as I followed the recipe exactly. I'm searching for an answer to that very predicament. They do taste good though.

Feb 15, 2007

Excellent cookie! Comes out thin and crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle. Baked them for exactly 8 min and they came out perfect. Be sure to follow the directions and leave them on the cookie sheet for 5 min before transferring to a rack (or else they will fall apart!). And they spread out A LOT, so don't make them too big! Delicious!

Apr 12, 2003

This gingersnap recipe is a DELIGHT! I have been looking a long time for the perfect gingersnap, and this is the one! I did make a few changes: I added 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of allspice. Also, I always use real butter in my baking, instead of margarine. I chilled the dough overnight, but I don't think it was necessary. Don't skip the rolling of the cookie dough in sugar, it provides a nice coating that keeps the cookie looking beautiful. Thank you, Ruth Ann! Good job!

Mar 01, 2007

this is a ginger cookie that even people who don't like gingersnaps love. I have had marriage proposals (co-workers), offers to clean my house and just down right begging for these. If that doesn't get 5 stars then nothing does

Jan 11, 2007

Very yummy! I followed the reciped exactly. I baked them for 12 minutes and they turned out perfect. The right amount of chewiness (for me anyway!) The only thing was I found the yeild was closer to 2 dozen than 3 dozen. They are so good, next time I'll double the recipe.....they won't last very long!

Dec 19, 2005

I made these for our family Christmas Cookie Day this year, and found a new favorite! My only substitution was butter for the margarine, and they still came out beautifully--thin and crispy! This is a wonderful recipe that will be added to my list of regulars. Everyone loved them!

Nov 09, 2007

These were delicious. I added 1/4 tsp cardamom and extra cinnamon. Also I ran out of molasses, so it ended up being 1/8 molasses and 1/8 honey. I think it was better that way though. Eat them warm.


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  • Calories
  • 100 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 4 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 149 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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