This month’s #BakingBloggers theme is Gingerbread. Our family has been building gingerbread houses for years. You can read all about our tradition here: Gingerbread Cookies – Our Family Tradition! Another treat I really enjoy is Gingersnap Cookies, so I chose that for this challenge.
Gingersnap cookies are similar to gingerbread cookies in that they contain molasses, ginger and spices such as cinnamon and cloves. These gingersnaps are a little lighter on the molasses flavor and are drop cookies instead of roll and cut. I appreciate the simplicity of a drop cookie and it’s a great way to have those wonderful smells through your house for the holidays. These cookies can be eaten or turned into crumbs for a fabulous pie crust, perfect for my Pumpkin Cream Pie.
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Gingersnap Cookies Recipes
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Course sugar
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets with shortening or cooking spray, or line with parchment or silicone baking mats.
- In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, molasses and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients except course sugar.
- Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls. Dip into coarse sugar. On cookie sheets, place balls about 3 inches apart.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.
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