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Old Fashioned Gingersnaps

These old fashioned gingersnaps will take you right back to your 10-year-old self at Grandma's house over the holidays. They smell and taste like Christmas, and are full of spice, with a crisp outside and chewy inside. I have no doubt they'll easily become a staple on your Christmas cookie platter.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Resting Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 75 kcal


  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar for dipping


Make the Dough

  • Mix shortening, brown sugar, egg, and molasses.
  • Add in baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Then add in the flour. Mix until just combined.

Rest the Dough

  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Bake the Dough

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Dip the tops into the sugar.
  • Place dough sugar-side-up about 3 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.


Calories: 75kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 5IUCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
Keyword brown sugar, ginger, molasses, spice
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