Three Ginger Gingersnaps

Three Ginger Gingersnaps

Three Ginger Gingersnaps

Do you ever plan a recipe and go shopping for the ingredients, only to discover that you can’t find that one very important ingredient? Well, for some reason this seems to happen to me all the time. The other day I was planning to make a little dessert and I wanted gingersnaps. I scoured 2 stores and couldn’t find gingersnaps anywhere. Finally I found something that resembled gingersnaps and took them home. I tasted them and they were only just OK – but not with that real gingery kick that my brain was conjuring up. Well, they say that necessity is the mother of invention, and I guess in this case it was true, because I got a brainwave! Hey, why not make my own gingersnaps?? And so I did! Now these are gingersnaps – bright – spicy – peppery with a bit of earthy sweetness from the molasses. The flavour is ramped right up because there are 3 different kinds of ginger in the recipe – powdered, fresh and candied!  These cookies were perfect for my dessert (next post) and in the future I will be more inclined to skip the store-bought stuff, and turn to my own kitchen instead; because as my husband constantly reminds me, “Everything is better when it’s homemade, dear!” This recipe is adapted from “Whitewater Cooks with Friends” by Shelley Adams.

I will be bringing a plate of these spicy cookies over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday! My blogging buddies there always appreciate a sweet nibble and these would be great with a cup of coffee or tea after all of the martinis have been polished off!  If you haven’t checked out Fiesta Friday yet, pleases join us!  This just happens to be the hottest spot on the blogosphere right now – you don’t want to miss it!


Three Ginger Gingersnaps


1 ½ cups flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ginger powder

1 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated

2 ½ tablespoons candied ginger, finely minced

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon black pepper, finely ground

½ cup butter, melted and cooled

1 egg, lightly beaten

¼ cup molasses

¾ cup large flake oats

½ cup sugar for dipping glass in


Preheat oven to 375°.

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, all gingers, cloves and pepper in a medium mixing bowl.

Add melted butter, molasses and egg and beat well.

Add oats until just incorporated

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Take 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into small ball.

Place only 6 balls on a cookie sheet at a time because they really SPREAD!

Flatten each ball into ¼ inch thick with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped into sugar.

Bake for 15 minutes or until crisp. Keep your eye on them!

Allow to cool 15 minutes before removing from the sheet.  Store at room temperature.

Please note: The original recipe called for shortening, but I prefer to use butter. It stated that the cookies would keep their shape if you use shortening. If you use butter, they really spread and you will only be able to bake 6 cookies per sheet.



99 Responses to “Three Ginger Gingersnaps”

  1. luckystaranise

    Lovely photos, they look delicious – I love everything with ginger, so I’ll have to try these!

  2. theseasonedtraveler

    These look absolutely wonderful! I am addicted to Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger cookies – I’m certain your homemade ones are 100x better and with the real ginger kick I love! Thank you so much for sharing, I will definitely make these.

    • chefjulianna

      Oh, I had no idea that Trader Joe’s had a Triple Ginger Cookie! The next time I am there, I am going to try them! Let me know what you think of these, Laura! Have a great weekend! 😀

  3. Hilda

    There’s nothing like a really spicy ginger cookie. Using three forms of ginger is a great idea. I have also squeezed fresh ginger through a garlic press which gives you nice clear ginger juice.

  4. Nancy

    These look fabulous, Julianna! I’ve never made homemade gingersnaps… thought about it, Lol, just never tried. Love the “triple threat” of ginger too! I’ve had some candied ginger in my pantry, with no idea where to use it, thanks to you, I do now! 🙂

  5. Jess

    Oh please give me one of these cookies….or two. Or three. Or four. lol Great job 🙂

  6. Sylvia

    I’m on love with these little precious cookies! And especially with how you present them, in the box and tied together with the string – so cute and what a beautiful color combination, the pale yellow of the ginger and the blue. Love this! 😉

  7. nancyc

    Those cookies look so yummy! 🙂 I bet they’re great with both the fresh and candied ginger!

  8. Lori

    Julianna….so glad you made your own! These are so much more delicious that you could have bought at the store….I don’t doubt that for a second! And I love how you wrapped them in string! Gorgeous! And that polka dot box…love it!

  9. Jhuls

    Oh! We all do appreciate anything sweet during Fiesta! 😀 I am glad you brought these. ❤ Have a wonderful weekend to you! 🙂

  10. Ngan R.

    Gorgeous, Julianna. These look perfectly crispy and spicy with three types of ginger! I love me a good gingersnap!

  11. Aditi

    Love gingersnaps and have been wanting to make these. Yours look perfect. What could I use in place of Molasses?

  12. illcookyouwash

    Looking good, Julianna! I regularly have that problem too – you get a recipe in your head and then you don’t have the ingredient. Its a special kind of torture! For some reason, Molasses has always been a difficult ingredient to find until recently. I’m definitely going to try this soon! Thanks for bringing it to Fiesta Friday!

    • chefjulianna

      Well glad I’m not the only one, Indira! Yes, it really is a special kind of toture! LOL! I now have 2 containers of molasses for that very reason 😀

      • illcookyouwash

        I love having a new ingredient in my pantry – it just opens up a whole new world of flavours and flavour combinations! I love to stockpile ingredients too 🙂

  13. chefjulianna

    Oh, Indira I really wanted to thank-you for being a co-host today!! It’s really wonderful to have such a cheerful and friendly host such as yourself! We really appreciate that you and Prudy are keeping us all in line too! Such a tough job with all of the crazy FF gang! Especially once they get going – look out 😉

  14. celestedimilla

    I sometimes can’t find an ingredient too and other times I get home and found that I just plain forgot something. Anywho, your gingersnaps look incredible!! Such lovely photos! Celeste 🙂

  15. deliciouslynell

    My mum would absolutely love these. She’s a big fan of ginger! 😀


    Good for you Julianna to make your own gingersnaps. The recipe sounds delicious with three different kinds of ginger which is an ingredient I just happen to love 🙂

  17. spiceinthecity

    I love ginger cookies!! One of the best cookies I have ever eaten was this buttery crumbly cookie with bits of candied ginger. I am sure yours are 3 times as good. They look so yummy & I love your props too 😀

  18. Sadia Mohamed

    Wooow. These cookies look fabulous. The spicy kick that the ginger gives to the cookies would be great treat for the tastebuds. 🙂

  19. MB

    The cookies look delicious… and I must say I love the photo composition of your tied cookies in a box – looks fab!

    • chefjulianna

      Thanks MB! So glad you like the composition – it’s fun to play with it. Seems I spend a lot of time playing with my food! 😀

  20. Kloesunny @ Kloe's Kitchen

    Julianna, these look amazing! Your pictures are gorgeous! I know what you mean about having everything except one ingredient. That happens to me all the time and it is frustrating!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe !
    -Kloe ♥

  21. Patty Nguyen

    This is one awesome brainwave you had there, Julianna! Fabulous cookies! My mom would love them as she loves her ginger!

    • chefjulianna

      LOL! I will tell him he is right! He will be so happy to know that! 😀 And thanks so much for your kind comments! Have a lovely week!

    • chefjulianna

      I’m so glad to hear that! I guess from the name of your blog, that I might find some more delicious recipes with ginger there? I am going to check that out for sure! 😀

      • Ginger

        Thanks – I am working on it, but it’s one thing baking and cooking and another to get the time to write it up…

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