Family Favorites...Gingersnaps

Milk and cookies – to me that means gingersnaps and milk in our Grandmother’s kitchen.  She seemed to always have them on hand.  They are low calorie, spicy, crunchy and just plain good.  I liked this recipe for them from the "Fannie Farmer Baking Book."   They seemed to be the closest to what I remember as a child - actually, they are perfect, crisp but not hard.  This is a blue-ribbon recipe in my opinion.    
This is a simple, easy-to-make recipe – I agree with Myrna, I only dip the tops of the cookies in sugar.  The tablespoon of ginger isn’t too much; I used Grandma’s Original molasses for these.  I used a size 100 scoop to make the balls, and got about 4 dozen.               
     ¾      Cup  Shortening -- 5 1/2 ounces
  1          Cup  Sugar -- 7 ounces
  1          Large  Egg
     ¼      Cup  Molasses
  2         Cups  Flour, All-purpose -- 9 ounces
  2         Teaspoons  Baking Soda
     ½     Teaspoon  Salt
  1         Tablespoon  Ground Ginger
  1         Teaspoon  Cinnamon
             Sugar -- for topping
Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment.
Beat together shortening and 1 cup of sugar.  Add the egg, and beat until light and fluffy, then add the molasses.  Stir and toss together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon, and add to the first mixture, beating until smooth and blended.
Gather up bits of the dough and roll them into 1" balls, then roll each ball in sugar.  Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies have spread and the tops have cracked.  Remove from the sheets and cool on a rack.
40-50 cookies
Per Serving: 65 Calories; 3g Fat (42.8% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 4mg Cholesterol; 71mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.


  1. Yes, these are my families favorite also.
    This recipe is just what I remember eating than and we eat them now.

  2. I just wanted to say that I love your blog. I have made several of your recipes and they all have been a big hit with my family. I can't wait to make these cookies. Gingersnaps are my all time favorite.

  3. What a nice thing to say, we try to only use recipes that our families will eat and enjoy. Not all of them make the cut.
    Sure hope you like these cookies as much as we do.

  4. Could you use butter instead of shortening ?

    1. Probably not a good idea...butter would probably make them spread too much and not be as crisp.
      I certainly wouldn't use more than half butter half shortening.
      I have substituted lard with success.


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