Easy Gingersnap Recipe Like Grandma Made

Here are the simple steps to make delicious gingersnaps just like you might remember from years past. Variations for chewy and crunchy gingersnap cookies are included, as well as two different ways to put on finishing touches. Learn how to coat with sugar or make a white chocolate frosted version. Gingersnaps are the favorite cookie of someone dear to me, so I have made numerous batches. Gingersnaps (or ginger snaps, as some dictionaries list them) never last long around my home, so I had to develop some efficient shortcuts to save time. They are great for a holiday cookie exchange, a favorite tradition. How do you make gingersnap cookies from scratch the easy way? Read on to find out the secrets to making fabulous old-fashioned gingersnap cookies!

How to Make Easy Gingersnaps Pinterest Image

***Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you.*** Already know what you’d like to get from Amazon? Here’s a handy way to get to the website, linked to a fun cookie decorating book. Just click on the button below, then browse around and do your shopping.

Equipment Needed for Old-Fashioned Gingersnap Recipe

A stand mixer makes this recipe come together very quickly. My stand mixer is a hand-me-down from my dear late mother-in-law. I use it often and think of her every time. I’m so grateful for the kitchen items that have been passed on to me by others. Each one brings back special memories. If you haven’t been the recipient of a hand-me-down mixer, I highly recommend the KitchenAid brand. Mine is vintage golden yellow, which I love. The new ones come in many other fun colors, like silver.

If you choose to decorate your cookies with white chocolate drizzle, you may want to use a small round decorating tip, as found in this set by Wilton. You can use it over and over, along with a reusable decorating bag and a coupler.

Easy Gingersnap Recipe Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup shortening (I use Butter Flavor Crisco)

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 cup sugar or 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Easy Gingersnap Recipe Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, combine 1 and 1/4 cup of the flour, brown sugar, shortening, molasses, egg, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat on medium to high speed until combined. Beat in remaining flour until the cookie dough forms a dense ball on the beater. There should be very little dough on the sides of the bowl.

Easy Gingersnap recipe rolling dough into balls

Shape gingersnap cookie dough into 1-inch balls. If you are choosing to coat in sugar, place 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl and roll the dough balls in the sugar. If you are choosing to put the white chocolate drizzle on, omit rolling the balls in sugar. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Easy Gingersnap recipe on baking sheet

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until set and there are cracks in the tops of the cookies.

Easy Gingersnap recipe on cooling rack

Remove cookies from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Makes about 48 cookies.

Decorating the Gingersnaps with White Chocolate Drizzle

If you prefer not to take the time to roll the gingersnaps in sugar, you can also decorate them with white chocolate drizzle. Put 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and run the microwave for 45 seconds. Stir the white chocolate and return to the microwave for 30 more seconds. Keep repeating the process until the chips are melted. Scrape the melted chocolate into a decorating bag fitted with a number 3 round decorating tip. Drizzle the melted chocolate onto the cookie in a zigzag pattern. Place each decorated cookie on a wire rack while the chocolate hardens. *Important note: I have tried to use sandwich bags for white chocolate drizzle (see white chocolate raspberry scones) but the bags tore. They just weren’t sturdy enough to hold up to the melted white chocolate.

Easy Gingersnap recipe white chocolate frosted

Easy Gingersnaps

This easy gingersnap recipe includes two options for embellishment. Roll the gingersnaps in sugar or top with white chocolate drizzle to make a tasty treat!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 80 kcal

Equipment

  • stand mixer
  • Baking sheets
  • Wire cooling racks

Ingredients
  

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ cup sugar or 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, combine 1 and 1/4 cup of the flour, brown sugar, shortening, molasses, egg, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat on medium to high speed until combined.
  • Beat in remaining flour until the cookie dough forms a dense ball on the beater.
  • Shape gingersnap cookie dough into 1-inch balls. 
  • If you are choosing to coat in sugar, place 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl and roll the dough balls in the sugar. If you are choosing to put the white chocolate drizzle on, omit rolling the balls in sugar.
  • Place the balls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until set and there are cracks in the tops of the cookies.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Decorating the Gingersnaps with White Chocolate Drizzle

  • Put 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and run the microwave for 45 seconds.
  • Stir the white chocolate and return to the microwave for 30 more seconds. Keep repeating the process until the chips are melted.
  • Scrape the melted chocolate into a decorating bag fitted with a number 3 round decorating tip.
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate onto the cookie in a zigzag pattern.
  • Place each decorated cookie on a wire rack while the chocolate hardens.

Notes

The calorie count is per cookie.
Keyword cookies, desserts, easy recipes

How to Make Chewy Gingersnaps

What are the best gingersnaps? Chewy or crunchy? In my family, we prefer the chewy gingersnaps. Here’s how to make soft ginger snap cookies. Make sure you use shortening, not real butter. Keep the baking time to around 8 minutes. When you take the cookie sheet out of the oven, remove the gingersnaps from the cookie sheet and place them onto the wire cooling rack as quickly as possible. Store the gingersnaps in an air-tight container to retain freshness.

How to Make Crispy, Crunchy Gingersnaps

Are the crunchy crispy kind more like old-fashioned ginger snap cookies than the chewy kind? The original gingersnaps were most likely the crispy kind, judging by the name. Here’s the ginger snaps recipe for crispy cookies. First, substitute real butter for the shortening. (The entire reason why I started using Butter Flavor Crisco instead of butter with cookies is that my chocolate chip cookies were flattening too much and were too crispy.) For the crunchy gingersnap cookies, a longer baking time is needed. Bake the gingersnaps for at least 10 minutes. When you remove the cookie sheet from the oven, leave the gingersnaps on the sheet for about a minute before placing them onto the wire cooling rack. That should give you cookies more like grandma’s old-fashioned ginger snap cookies.

It’s fun to dip a crispy gingersnap into a cup of coffee or tea. For another delicious beverage option, you could serve the gingersnaps with hot mulled cider (wassail). There are many options!

Gingersnaps Fun Facts and Frequently Asked Questions

How did gingersnaps get their name? Why are they called gingersnaps? Most gingersnaps contain ginger and are sweetened by molasses, so that is where the “ginger” part of the name comes from. The “snap” part of the name is a result of the crunchiness of some gingersnap cookies. In England, they are called ginger biscuits.

Are gingerbread and ginger snaps the same? Gingerbread has many of the same ingredients, but gingerbread can be made in a loaf pan like banana bread. Some gingerbread recipes call for sweetening with white sugar as well as brown sugar and molasses.

Are You Going to Try This Easy Gingersnap Recipe?

I’m going to make another batch of gingersnaps soon. If you decide to try it, I’d love to know what you like to serve them with. They make a great accompaniment to gelato. Looking for other sweet treat ideas? Check out Easy Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp or the popular Death by Chocolate Trifle. Your sweet tooth will thank you!

If you like what you’ve read today, please consider subscribing and becoming part of the Fluxing Well community. You will receive fresh ideas every week, plus access to a library of free printable resources, including a free cookbook filled with the best easy recipes from the Fluxing Well website.

Fluxing Well Cookbook

If you would like even more recipe ideas, consider following my Easy Recipes board on Pinterest. Have a fabulous day, and I hope you get to enjoy this easy gingersnap cookie recipe.

First Name Signature Conclusion
 

 

10 thoughts on “Easy Gingersnap Recipe Like Grandma Made”

  1. 5 stars
    I also have a stand mixer I use that belonged to my late mother in law. I think of her every time I get it out. She baked all of the time and made many cakes, cookies, and desserts with that mixer. You are right, this is an easy gingersnap recipe. I think I am going to try this recipe soon.

    Reply
    • Oh, good, I hope the gingersnap cookie recipe turns out well for you. How interesting that we each use mixers handed down to us!=)

      Reply
  2. 5 stars
    My nan used to make the best and easiest cookies! It is amazing how they remain in the family for such a long time, and we keep making them today! This is definitely a recipe I want to try before Christmas and repeat for the holidays!

    Reply
    • I hope you do get to try these easy gingersnaps. I’d love to know how they turn out for you.

      Reply
  3. 5 stars
    I love this easy gingersnap recipe. It’ so great that you split out different variants between chewy and crunchy, I’m definitely in the chewy camp. The white chocolate drizzle is a great added touch too. Thanks!

    Reply
    • You are very welcome! I hope you get to try these gingersnaps the next time you feel like baking cookies.

      Reply
  4. 5 stars
    Looks like another amazing thing to try 😊. I love hunger!

    Reply
  5. 5 stars
    I agree, soft, chewy gingersnaps are the best. I’ll take gingersnap cookies any way I can find them, though. Thanks for sharing this easy gingersnap recipe!

    Reply
    • I’m glad you like the recipe for gingersnaps. May all of your gingersnap cookie endeavors meet with success!

      Reply

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to content