So until recently, I've never eaten a ginger snap. Nor do I know what one is supposed to taste like. But as you can see by my blogroll, I do a lot food picture browsing on foodgawker, tastespotting and seriouseats. And so I get to see a lot of pretty cookie pictures. Lately, I've been seeing a lot of gingersnap cookies.
I decided to try to make them, so that I can find out exactly what one is supposed to taste like. I found multiple different recipes, but ended up going with a recipe submitted by Elaine on allrecipes.com, called Mom's Ginger Snaps.
The recipe was easy to follow and I followed it exactly. It was a super simple recipe that required very little prep time. Probably one of the fastest cookie recipes I've ever done from scratch. (I was going to make a pun here with the name, but I won't). Here is the recipe from Elaine on allrecipes.com:
Yields: 36 cookies
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/3 cup white sugar for decoration
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, oil, molasses, and egg.
Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger;
stir into the molasses mixture. Roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Roll
each ball in white sugar before placing 2 inches apart on ungreased
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven, or until center is firm. Cool on wire racks.
I was super excited to see the results. The cookies came out so pretty and round and I love how they were all crackled on top! I've tried to get the crackling effect on my snickerdoodles and have failed to do so. But these ginger snaps crackled perfectly.
The reviews said that the cookies were chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. While they were initially chewy for me straight of the oven, once they cooled, they weren't anymore. They were just crispy cookies. They taste great, but next time I might look to find a chewy recipe. I do love chewy cookies.
I also now have a lot of molasses leftover…I'm going to try to make my first ever molasses cookies, something else I've never tasted before.