Crunchy Ginger Snap Cookies Recipe

Updated on December 20, 2017
The Best ginger snap recipe.
The Best ginger snap recipe. | Source
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Be Inspired

I love everything ginger. Ginger beer, ginger ice cream, ginger ale, and most of all ginger biscuits (known as cookies in the U.S.).

For some time, I have been on a quest to find the best biscuit recipe; the cookie that makes a nice "snap" when you break it in half.

Each recipe I tried resulted in a good cookie, but always soft and chewy. My childhood memory was a crunchy gingersnap cookie. Recently, I hit on the recipe to produce just that.

Enjoy!

Your diet can always start on Monday.

Benefits of Ginger

A British medical journal called The Lancet reported that 2 capsules of powdered ginger root (940 milligrams) was twice as effective as Dramamine, a drug used for those who suffer motion sickness.

A study was conducted by two psychologists, and involved 36 students in a motorized chair. These volunteers were spun for 6 minutes each. Half of the students who took the ginger lasted the whole 6 minutes. And those who took Dramamine? Not one of them lasted the whole time! One of the psychologists claims ginger can counteract diarrhea and vomiting from gastrointestinal flu. Is this why we crave ginger when we are ill? My wife always wants tea and ginger biscuits!

Ginger contains a compound that dissolves parasites and parasitical eggs. Therefore, after a visit to a tropical country, it would be good to take any ginger product, especially in its raw form. It may not be to your liking but it sure is better than having parasites.

The University of Michigan conducted a study using Gingerol, the principle component in ginger. It demonstrated that Gingerol can help to kill ovarian cancer.

In Perú, ginger is sliced and put in hot water as a cure for stomach aches.

Ginger has been around for thousands of years. In the Bible at Revelation 18:13, there is mention of "Indian spice," which literally translated means "amomum" or an aromatic shrub of the ginger family.


Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 2"cutter makes 50 cookies

Ingredients

 
 
 
2
Cups
Plain flour
3-4
Teaspoons
Ground Ginger
2
Teaspoons
Baking Soda
1
Teaspoon
Ground Cinnamon
1/2
Teaspoon
Salt
3/4
Cup / 152g
Unsalted Butter
1
Large
Egg
1/4
Cup
Molasses
1
Cup
Brown sugar

Let's get baking!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees (175c degrees)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and then add the sugar a little at a time. Add a large egg and mix in well with food mixer. Add 1/4 cup of molasses and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mix a little at a time, until a cookie dough forms.
  5. On a floured surface roll the dough to about 3mm thick and cut out cookies with cookie cutter of your choice. Transfer to a baking sheet with a silicone liner (or lightly oil the baking tray) and put in the oven, baking until golden brown.
  6. Bakers Tip: every oven is different, keep a close eye on these after 10 minutes.

Tips & Ideas

  • Cardamom or other spices of your choice can be added to the mix.
  • Use a Teflon baking sheet liner to stop cookies sticking to baking sheet.
  • When cooled, if the cookies are not crunchy, place in the oven again for a second bake for a few minutes.
  • At the dough stage, how about adding small pieces to your homemade ginger ice cream and fold in so that you get double ginger cookie dough ice cream!
  • Make a ginger cream filling and put between 2 cookies as a sandwich.
  • Crush the biscuits to use as a fantastic cheesecake base.

Method in pictures

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Weigh up the butterAdd flourTo the flour add cinnamon & gingerCream the butter, then add sugar, followed by the eggAdd molassesyou can add ginger dough in pieces to ginger ice creamlightly flour the board and roll to about 3mm thin.Cut out with cookie cutterThis recipe makes about 50 cookies with a  2"cutterBake off until golden brown.Enjoy with a coffee.
Weigh up the butter
Weigh up the butter | Source
Add flour
Add flour | Source
To the flour add cinnamon & ginger
To the flour add cinnamon & ginger | Source
Source
Cream the butter, then add sugar, followed by the egg
Cream the butter, then add sugar, followed by the egg | Source
Add molasses
Add molasses | Source
you can add ginger dough in pieces to ginger ice cream
you can add ginger dough in pieces to ginger ice cream | Source
lightly flour the board and roll to about 3mm thin.
lightly flour the board and roll to about 3mm thin. | Source
Cut out with cookie cutter
Cut out with cookie cutter | Source
This recipe makes about 50 cookies with a  2"cutter
This recipe makes about 50 cookies with a 2"cutter | Source
Bake off until golden brown.
Bake off until golden brown. | Source
Enjoy with a coffee.
Enjoy with a coffee. | Source
Ginger Snap Creams
Ginger Snap Creams | Source

Ginger Snap Creams

Add another dimension to your ginger snaps by making a ginger butter cream to sandwich two biscuits together for a real ginger overload experience.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Butter at room temperature
  • 4 oz Icing sugar
  • Ginger syrup to taste

Method

  1. Cream the butter with a food mixer until smooth.
  2. Add the icing sugar a little at a time. As you add icing sugar, drizzle in ginger syrup to help the mix. Check the buttercream is to your taste, tweaking with more syrup if necessary.

Putting the Sandwich Together

  1. Put a small amount of ginger butter cream in the middle of one of the cookies (wrong side)
  2. Spread the cream so that it is thinner on the edges and thicker in the middle.
  3. Place 2nd half on top and apply slight pressure until cream feels evenly placed between the 2 halves.

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Whisk until the butter cream is smooth with no lumps.Drizzle in a small amount of ginger syrupSift in a small amount of icing sugar and if needed more ginger syrup. keep testing to see if it is strong enough for your taste.Your cream should look soft and smooth like thisAdd a small amount of the cream to the centre of one half of a cookie.Spread around making a bevelled edgePlace 2nd half on top and apply pressure to level off the cream between the sandwich.Now your cookies should look like this.Enjoy with a espresso or gingerbread latte!
Whisk until the butter cream is smooth with no lumps.
Whisk until the butter cream is smooth with no lumps. | Source
Drizzle in a small amount of ginger syrup
Drizzle in a small amount of ginger syrup | Source
Sift in a small amount of icing sugar and if needed more ginger syrup. keep testing to see if it is strong enough for your taste.
Sift in a small amount of icing sugar and if needed more ginger syrup. keep testing to see if it is strong enough for your taste. | Source
Your cream should look soft and smooth like this
Your cream should look soft and smooth like this | Source
Add a small amount of the cream to the centre of one half of a cookie.
Add a small amount of the cream to the centre of one half of a cookie. | Source
Spread around making a bevelled edge
Spread around making a bevelled edge | Source
Place 2nd half on top and apply pressure to level off the cream between the sandwich.
Place 2nd half on top and apply pressure to level off the cream between the sandwich. | Source
Now your cookies should look like this.
Now your cookies should look like this. | Source
Enjoy with a espresso or gingerbread latte!
Enjoy with a espresso or gingerbread latte! | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • JanisaChatte profile image

        Janisa 

        6 months ago from Earth

        I love ginger as well! Where do you get ginger ice cream from?

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        Jo-Ann 

        10 months ago

        how much sugar?

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        Cheryle Conte-Coulston 

        10 months ago

        Brown half butter

        Add 1/2 tsp cardamon

        make 11 ounces balls

        each then flatten with fingers

        And use pasta roller with greased paper and roll each evenly flat

        Bake 7 minutes on parchment paper

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        Vincent 

        3 years ago

        I would like to thnkx for the efforts you've put in wntiirg this web site. I am hoping the same high-grade web site post from you in the upcoming also. Actually your creative wntiirg skills has inspired me to get my own web site now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a great example of it.

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        4 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thanks for commenting. Hope you get to try them soon :-))

      • Prithima Sharma profile image

        Prithima Sharma 

        4 years ago from Delhi, India

        Amazing hub, thanks for sharing with us

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        DDE when you love eating you always find a way of sticking it together. Glad you enjoyed the hub, so much better to eat it though :-)

        I must say of all the biscuits i have made....these are FANTASTIC, but then i am parcial to a bit of ginger.

        thanks for your comments

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        Devika Primić 

        5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Incredible how you put it all together in such a creative way, and in detail awesome!

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        After making these that will be the word every weekend "MUST"make them.

        I don't have to make them as much now. After showing the recipe to a friend, she now packages them up and gives them ME as a gift. Appreciate your vote and bookmarking and tell your husband to just enjoy them.

      • Mama Kim 8 profile image

        Sasha Kim 

        5 years ago

        Well my husband just saw this... and now I MUST make it! lol He just loves ginger snaps and your recipe looks fantastic!! I love how you put the cream in the middle. Voting up useful and bookmarking!

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thanks for popping by, and yes anything ginger is amazing and great for friends coming by over the holidays.

        All the best scrubbing your cookie sheets :-)

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        Sarah Carlsley 

        5 years ago from Minnesota

        These look absolutely delicious! Yum!!

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thanks vespawoolf, they really are good. The cream takes them to another level. You will only need a thin layer of cream and maybe use a smaller cutter. Thanks for your visit again

      • vespawoolf profile image

        vespawoolf 

        5 years ago from Peru, South America

        After sampling these, I can highly recommend them! They have just the right amount of ginger and the crispiness is like no other recipe I've tried--the perfect texture. Next time I plan to make the cream and try the sandwiches. Thanks so much!

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thanks for your visit lori they sure are a great gift or to have around when friends come by.

        Make a batch and see how they go down

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        By Lori 

        5 years ago from USA

        Those are nice for holiday cookies!

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thank you mary615 i will keep an eye out for that hub on the 12th.

        I think i may have a go at growing ginger. sometimes a mix of fresh ginger with ground in baking can make a big difference.

        In peru most use ginger for savoury, we need to change the world and introduce ginger as dessert to everyone. :-)

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thank you ImKarn23 for visiting glad you enjoyed the hub.

        Buy yourself a tub of good valilla icecream and wack a ginger in the top of it.

        not very creative but it's a good way to eat them.

        maybe on Forum we need to find out how other use Gingers.

      • ImKarn23 profile image

        Karen Silverman 

        5 years ago

        yum, yum, me want some! Could you ship a few dozen over to Canada - please? lol

        While i adore the additional tips of what to do with the cookies after they're done ie: filling, ice cream, etc - chances are excellent that all i'll do - is EAT them..

        gingerbread's my fav...

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        Mary Hyatt 

        5 years ago from Florida

        I love Ginger! We grow ginger here in S. Florida. It has the most beautiful blossom that looks like ceramic. I make a gingerbread house each Christmas for a daughter's birthday on the 12th. I'll be publishing a Hub this week (I hope) if it turns out nice.

        You did a fantastic job showing how to make these cookies, and I have bookmarked this so I can make some. I've never made ginger snaps, but I have to try this recipe. I've never seen ginger syrup in our stores, but I'll look again.

        I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share.

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thank you for coming by "moonlake" ginger seems to be a real winner with everyone. they would also make a great gift or have them around during holiday season to warm your friends up.

        Appreciate you voting it up.

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        moonlake 

        5 years ago from America

        I love ginger snaps and these look so good. Great hub shows how to do everything. Thanks for sharing. Voted UP.

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        vespawoolf, i am ginger crazy at the moment. just this week i have made 3 batches to share with friends, they love them.

        Doing research on ginger has made me appreciate this root so much more. Thank's for your comments

      • vespawoolf profile image

        vespawoolf 

        5 years ago from Peru, South America

        Wow, these sound delicious! I especially like the idea of adding them to ice cream or crushing for cheesecake crust. And the filling? That's just over the top wonderful. It sounds like we need to add ginger to our diet, especially when taking bus rides down rough mountain roads! : )

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thanks for the awesome comments Peachpurple, i´m glad you like the hub, it really is a ginger lovers dream.

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        peachy 

        5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        this is the best ginger snap hub i have ever seen. So simple to follow and yr photos are driving my salivas nuts! Thank you !

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        This is a simple and perfect recipe to have crunchy ginger snaps.

        you will not be disappointed.

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thank you for coming by RTalloni, i must say i have never ever used coconut oil in recipes. Great idea, i would be interested to know how that works for you. Ginger and coconut! very tropical.

        Long live ginger

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thank you for coming by DzyMsLizzy, me too ginger is the best and if they are still soft when you make them just put them in the oven for another 5 mins to double bake. Thank you for voting up :-)

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        RTalloni 

        5 years ago from the short journey

        Oh, oh, oh! These look wonderful. I could stop everything and make them now. Though mine will not taste precisely like your because I will have to substitute coconut oil for butter, I have enough experience with the coconut oil now to know that mine will have a very similar texture and they will taste good.

        Viva everything ginger!! :)

      • DzyMsLizzy profile image

        Liz Elias 

        5 years ago from Oakley, CA

        These sound awesome. I love ginger snaps; I always have, but never tried to make them more than once or twice. Like you, I was disappointed that they did not come out crispy.

        I'm definitely saving this recipe in my bookmarks. Voted up, interesting, awesome, useful and starred!

      • lemonkerdz profile imageAUTHOR

        lemonkerdz 

        5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

        Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy making, and more importantly, eating these delicious cookies. please let me know what you think of them. Good day hubbers.

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