Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Three Snaps for Ginger Snaps

Today the weather is so nice out. It is a lot cooler than the hot Summer days we have been experiencing and Fall is in the air. These are the days when my spirit is renewed and creativity flows like a river, especially in my kitchen. So what better way to enjoy this time than with a recipe for a spicy Fall favorite, Ginger Snap cookies.

A little facts of the recipe and its ingredients:

Ginger Snaps- crackly topped cookies so named for the crisp texture of the classic version- are surprisingly, a secret ingredient in many recipes for the German stew sauerbraten.

The powerful spice in these cookies is not only ginger but cloves. Cloves are not seeds like most other spices but are actually dried flower buds. The pungent flavoring (used in small amounts) often works hand in hand with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Ginger Snaps

1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 tsp cloves
1 egg
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 1/4 cups AP flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda

In large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, butter, molasses, and egg; beat until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg; mix well. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in 1/4 cup sugar. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-12 minutes or until set. ( cookies will puff up, then flatten during baking.) Cool 1 minute and remove from cookie sheets.

Yields 5 dozen cookies


  1. Thanks for the recipe, a great crisp ginger snap is one of my youngest son's favorites! I'll have to give this one a try!

  2. Cookie girl, I'm gonna love stopping by your blog daily. yummie!

  3. Oh I love ginger snaps! They are my very favorite. I ate them a lot when I was pregnant since ginger calms the tummy.

  4. Yum! My hubby loves these. You have inspired me to make a batch of them today to surprise him!

  5. MMMMMMMM.....
    Ok need some chocolate milk LOL

  6. Oooh, I've never had ginger snaps before, but they look yummy!! (Licking my lips)

  7. Thanks for the recipe. My hubby loves ginger snaps. I must try your recipe and surprise him!


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