Chewy Ginger Snaps

Posted on 12/08/2012 by patsrockmybosox
My boyfriend has been begging me to bake ginger snaps, even though I keep telling him I don't all of the ingredients (I'm looking at you, ground cloves and ground ginger). A couple of days ago, he brought me home a bag of crystallized ginger chips as well as the spices that I needed (and also two candy bars, but that has nothing to do with this story). I guess he just wasn't going to take no for an answer.

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Chewy Ginger Snaps

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup crystallized ginger chips
about 1/2 cup sugar, for dusting

In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar. Stir in molasses and egg. Add dry ingredients, stirring in the flour last. Mix in the ginger chips. Batter will be thick and hard to stir.

Chill dough in the refrigerator for one hour.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll dough into balls about 1-inch in diameter, then roll in sugar. Place on a greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yields approximately 3 dozen.

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(did you notice that one cookie has mysteriously vanished?)

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I'm pretty sure these are my new holiday cookies. SO good, but quick and easy to make! The texture is perfect, too - crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. The ginger chips are a completely optional addition, so if you don't have them/can't find them, don't stress it. A couple of the cookies I've tried haven't had any in them and they taste just as good!
pwalkeri 9th-Dec-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
(did you notice that one cookie has mysteriously vanished?)


I lol'd xD

These look delicious!
patsrockmybosox 9th-Dec-2012 11:45 am (UTC)
LOL I couldn't help myself! And they are SOOO GOOD!
querulouspeg 9th-Dec-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
They look so good! And yes, ginger is the perfect spice for comforting winter baking!
superbadgirl 9th-Dec-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Yum, I love ginger snaps!
trex_in_boots 9th-Dec-2012 12:52 am (UTC)
Oh, that looks super delicious. Thanks, totally saving this ♥
halfpastfish 9th-Dec-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Where does one find molasses? I'll admit i've never really looked for it, but I don't know where i'd look either! Is it available in your average grocery store (we have Publix here? as well as a Whole Foods about 45 mins away) Sorry OP if you don't know - but i figure maybe someone else reading the comments might?

and are crystallized ginger chips just like.. the candied ginger bits you can find? i generally eat those by themselves but with cookies involved.. omnomnom. I fully intend on baking at least two kinds of cookies this year :D
kateyleigh 9th-Dec-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Usually in the baking section or by the syrup. Pretty common, and should be easy to find. (Now that I've said that, watch no store have it for you)
halfpastfish 9th-Dec-2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Thanks! Hindsight says it might obviously be near syrup, but .. I tend to avoid that section. I have issues with sticky and I manage to control them only when I know the result will be delicious, and then I get my husband to pour it for me. Otherwise, I can't really think about it xD
patsrockmybosox 9th-Dec-2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Looks like you got your molasses question answered.

Yeah, crystallized ginger chips just candied ginger bits. My boyfriend got these from his work but they would probably be in the dried fruit section, like with raisins and stuff. Around here they usually put that stuff in the produce section, but it might be (probably is) different in your store.

halfpastfish 10th-Dec-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Mmm candied ginger! One of the grocery stores I go to has it in an obvious section near the produce, and I buy some every time because i looove ginger :D hehe. Thanks! ♥
halfpastfish 20th-Dec-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to thank you!! I made these yesterday and they're incredible. ♥
kateyleigh 9th-Dec-2012 01:59 am (UTC)
Those look delicious. I have a recipe for ginger cookies I got 30+ years ago from an older Norwegian farm wife --- those ladies knew how to cook. I'd be devastated if I ever lost it. Yours is similar, except mine uses shortening (She used lard--seriously and they were incredible) I've never heard of crystallized ginger chips.. I'll definitely have to try this.
cymraeg 9th-Dec-2012 06:26 am (UTC)
Would you be willing to share it? My stepmother inherited my Norwegian grandmother's gingersnap recipe and we never found it after she died...I've been trying and failing to approximate them!
kateyleigh 13th-Jan-2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yes I would...when I find it. I can't believe I can't find it, it's one of my favorite cookie recipes--I might be feeling a little sick :(
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slimequeen 9th-Dec-2012 03:09 am (UTC)
Those look yummy! Perfect holiday cookies.
tsuki_no_bara 9th-Dec-2012 03:48 am (UTC)
oh mommy. these look SO GOOD. i love gingersnaps, so admittedly i'm am easy sell, but still, YUM.
lab_jazz 9th-Dec-2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
These look so nice. They are very similar to a ginger biscuit that I already cook plus the addition of 1/2 cup crystallized ginger chips
I don't know about the "chips" bit, but crystallized ginger is common here. It comes in a packet of pieces about 1cm square, so I'd probably have to chop them up a bit
patsrockmybosox 9th-Dec-2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds like it's probably the same thing then. Mine are roughly the same size as chocolate chips, so I think what you have would be fine the way they are.
urb_banal 9th-Dec-2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
These look great. I think I will try them!
patsrockmybosox 9th-Dec-2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
I hope you do!
ma_ee_uh 9th-Dec-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I just made this a few days ago (though I made them normal-sized):

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/molasses_spice_cookies/

Seems very similar.
maidenmorticia 9th-Dec-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
I might have to try this recipe.

Boys are funny, aren't they, when it comes to baking in particular? I lol'd at your first para. Hilarious. Reminds me of a former b/f of mine who had a thing for my homemade mac and cheese. The first time I made it, he asked me to do it again the next 4 nights in a row. On the fifth night I had to say, "What shall we have for dinner and don't say "mac and cheese"" :-P
misspuppet 9th-Dec-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
These look just like pepernoten, a Dutch Sinterklaas treat!
Thanks for the recipe!
travistz 10th-Dec-2012 08:05 am (UTC)
They look so good!
rachelpage 8th-Mar-2013 06:25 am (UTC)
I was just looking for a gingersnap recipe so I will definitely be trying yours!
patsrockmybosox 8th-Mar-2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
You are going to love them!
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