Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ginger Snaps

This is a quick and easy recipe GG's Mom gave me. I guess that qualifies it as a church lady recipe. GG's Mom was no slouch in the kitchen and these attest to that. I only make them at Christmas and Valentines.

Ginger Snaps

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • granulated sugar in which to roll the unbaked cookies
Cream shortening and sugar.
Beat in egg and molasses.
Set aside.
Combine dry ingredients.
Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.Form one-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar.
Place evenly spaced - about 12 per batch on greased cookie sheets.
Bake in pre-heated 350 F oven x 8 - 10 minutes.
Shift the pan around halfway through the bake time.Remove from oven and let the pan rest with the cookies still on it for about another minute to allow the hot cookies to set before removing them to cooling racks. I always double this recipe and it then makes about seven dozen, sometimes a bit more.I ran short of ground cloves with this batch but had whole cloves on hand. I took some whole cloves put them into a sandwich baggie, wrapped it into a tea towel and kept smashing the bag of spice with a wooden pestle. A rolling pin would do the same thing. I think the cookies actually tasted better. I don't recommend grinding whole cloves with a coffee grinder. We did this once and the grinder never worked properly after that and I could not get the cloves fragrance out of it either.


Caution Flag said...

I love Ginger Snaps!! I think we will give these a try next week. Thanks, Decadent!

Adeena said...

Yummy! Those look really similar to the recipe I use for gingerbread men! :D I've still got to get a batch or ten of those made. ;)


I swear I can smell those cookies! Ooooh Yummmmm!

Vicky x

Anonymous said...

Oh how funny! My mom and I have always baked these same cookies using the identical recipe. We always called them "Kay's Ginger Cookies" after the friend who gave Mom the recipe.
They really are wonderful, aren't they?
Have a wonderful Christmas!

The Canadian Chickadee

joolzmac said...

Yum, yum, yum! On my to do list - my girls will go nuts for these.

Merry Christmas & Cheers to you,


Sue said...

Those look so good! I am definitely keeping this recipe.

Your photos look so nice and cheery.

Mental P Mama said...

I made these during our blizzard last weekend! What a feast for the nose and tastebuds!

joolzmac said...

Just made a batch of the ginger snaps - they are Gooooood! They smelt awesome while cooking and hot out of the oven they were even better.
Thanks for the recipe,


Angie said...

Hi - I came over for a look by way of Joolzmac. I liked reading your blog so much that I joined your 'followers'. We adore ginger snaps in this house and though your recipe is very similar to mine I have never rolled them in sugar. I must try that.

Niki said...

they look delish ~ I'll have to give them a try :)

Decadent Housewife said...


Aren't they great? So glad you tried them.

Angie and Niki,
Thanks for coming by.

The recipe is from my mom-in-law. She always rolled them in sugar.

Gloria said...

Am still in London and still without internet connection so I popped into the local library to just have a quick look at what I'd been missing in the bloggie world and I'm so loving this post cos ginger snaps are my most adored naughty pleasure in the whole world!!!

Will be making these without a doubt when I return to my much missed home in Spain at the beginning of Feb. . . thanks so much!!!!

Decadent Housewife said...

You won't be disappointed with these.