Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies

Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies

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  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    10 m
  • Ready In

    30 m
Marie Ayers
Recipe by  Marie Ayers

“This melt-in-your-mouth ginger cookie recipe that I received from my grandmother has been enjoyed in my family since 1899.”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 5 dozen



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Sift the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir the mixture to blend evenly, and sift a second time into another bowl.
  3. Place the shortening into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Gradually beat in the white sugar. Beat in the egg, and dark molasses. Sift 1/3 of the flour mixture into the shortening mixture; stir to thoroughly blend. Sift in the remaining flour mixture, and mix together until a soft dough forms. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll into 1 inch diameter balls between your hands. Roll each ball in cinnamon sugar, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the tops are rounded and slightly cracked, about 10 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an air tight container.

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I substituted all butter instead of shortening to avoid the trans fats, and these cookies came out INCREDIBLE! Gingersnaps have always been one of my special favorites--cookies I absolutely adore but tend to be picky about and thus have only very rarely. Now I've found a perfect recipe so I can make them on my own! The holidays are long past, yet my apartment currently smells like Christmas, and I have about 3 dozen light, crisp, pleasantly spicy, semi-sweet cookies cooling in my kitchen. This is definitely a recipe going in my "Will Bake Many Times Again" file!



I was very nervous making these cookies because Gingersnaps are my husband's favorite cookie and his mother makes them all the time all year round. I had a lot against me - biased views and no knowledge whatsoever with this type of cookie! I've never made Gingersnaps before. The smell of the cookies during the mixing stage was wonderful! Very Christmasy. :) The baking smell was even better! My kids couldn't keep their hands off these cookies once they were done, and when I tasted them I could see why! These cookies are amazing in flavor! I did do one thing different from the recipe - I added 1 teaspoon of cloves into this as well, because my husband likes his gingersnaps good with spice. The drumroll for me came when he came home at night and I gave him a cookie to try. I could tell he wasn't expecting much (being biased for his mother's) but after the first bite his eyes got wide and he said "Wow! These are REALLY good! They taste just like Mom's!" I told him that her recipe is different (hers calls for oil) and he said, "Don't worry about it - just make these - they are wonderful!" They have a great outside texture for crunch and inside chewiness. Perfection in my husband's opinion! Now I wish I had made these much sooner in my married life. His smile and face was all worth the jitters of messing it up! :)

Crystal S

Crystal S

Good gingersnap recipe. For those that don't have a sifter, try using a pasta strainer or wisk prior to adding to the recipe; they work in a pinch!!! Not the best I've had, but definitely better than most! Would definitely make again!!!

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Amount Per Serving (30 total)

  • Calories
  • 121 cal
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs
  • 17.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 126 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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