Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Cookie #1: Gingersnaps

25 Days Til Christmas

I had to start our Christmas Cookie Countdown with one of my all-time favorites. I had never been a fan of gingerbread or gingersnap cookies - until I had these.

Jason's mom has been making these as long as I've known him, and we request them every Christmas. And summer. And fall. And spring.

These are soft, chewy cookies - not like a traditional crispy gingerbread/snap cookie. They are delectable! The combination of spices is just perfect.

Our lesson: Just like we're thankful for Miss "Ginger" and Mr. Dave, we are so thankful for the many friends that God has given us.

a family recipe...

1 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 cup sugar (for rolling dough)

Cream butter and shortening with sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and molasses. Sift together dry ingredients and add to butter/sugar mixture. Beat until combined.

Refrigerate dough for one hour. Roll tablespoon sized balls of dough into sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheets approximately 3" apart.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes. Cookies should be soft on top. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes on cookie sheet. Remove and place on cooling racks. Store in cookie tin or airtight container.


  1. Wait, wait... is this a FAMILY recipe... a SHARED family recipe? ;)


  2. They sound good - and since it's a family recipe I know they will be. Thanks!

  3. Oh, Thanks for sharing! I love Ginger Snaps and just had some really good ones on Saturday and they were so soft!

    I can't wait to try this!

  4. i had some with my lunch today!! simply amazing!!!

  5. they are the best; one of my favorites

  6. Doh, that reminds me that we forgot to take some home with us! :) Mmmmm...they are delish! Fun idea!

  7. I'm not a fan of ginger stuff either, but glad you are a fan of "me".

    Is there such a thing as a chocolate ginger cookie? Now that would be worth trying :)

  8. OK, Emily - was that aimed at me??? LOL. Just kidding. These sound absolutely delicious and I am totally going to try these with the girls this season. Thank you for sharing it.

  9. This sounds like a recipe my Mom makes, except she calls them molasses crinkles. They are awesome.

  10. oh how i love ginger snaps. i have a recipe but don't love it since the cookies don't stay soft. i can't wait to try your recipe, i am sure i won't be disappointed.