Ginger Snaps

Ginger Snaps

adaptation from many, many recipes over the years.

1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 – 2 teaspoons fresh ground ginger (not dried. I go heavy)
1 egg (lightly beaten)

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (I go light)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 (approximately) cup white sugar for decoration

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, oil, molasses, fresh ground ginger and egg.

Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger; stir into the molasses mixture in thirds. It’s going to be stiff!

Roll dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. Roll each ball in white sugar before placing 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Smush the cookie balls before baking. I like to use a small spatula that leaves 3 line-marks on the cookies.

Bake for 11 minutes in preheated oven, or until center is firm. Cool on wire racks.
Makes 3 dozen.

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6 thoughts on “Ginger Snaps

  1. I saw your recipe and thought I’d try it as the one I have is good, but not great. I like the taste of fresh ginger. I’ve made the dough and it is really sticky. I used vegetable oil like you listed, but I’m wondering if you meant vegetable shortening (Crisco) instead? I’m going to put the dough in the fridge to try and harden, but I would appreciate that you get back to me

  2. Hi Lisa. I did mean vegetable oil. I mix it by hand – it’s really stiff but I mix and mix and mix! It comes out smooth and not sticky. I wonder what’s different? Did you do the liquid first and then add the flour mixture in a bit at a time?

    1. It was thick but sticky, After sitting in the fridge it has gotten less sticky. It was smooth though. I use a KitchenAid to mix my cookie dough. Mixed my liquid first then added the dry ingredients in small batches. I’ll try to bake them tonight and hope they turn out….the dough is very yummy! Thanks for getting back to me.

      1. Baked them last night and they are soooooo good. I didn’t expect them to get as big as they did so I will make smaller balls next time! I had to work quick with the dough since it got sticky again when it got to room temp. They are hard and crisp like I have wanted…not soft and chewy like other recipes.

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