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Oma's Ginger Snap Cookies Recipe

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This easy ginger snap cookies recipe, aka Gewürz-Plätzchen, has been a family favorite for years. It's one I made with my kids when there were young - easy and fun to make. It's like a molasses cookie recipe but more gingery. This is one of those cookies that Omas will love to make with their grandkids ... making memories!

Ginger Snaps (Gingersnaps) are made throughout the world ... with various recipes. Where this recipe below comes from, I'm not sure. It's been in our family for years. Not purely German, I don't think, but it's one we all love. 

Oma's Ginger Snap Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • extra sugar (about ½ cup)
Instructions:
  • Beat shortening until creamy.
  • Add brown sugar, egg, and molasses.
  • Mix together dry ingredients and add to sugar mixture. Blend together.
  • Cover and chill dough.
  • Shape into balls (about 1 inch diameter) and roll in granulated sugar.
  • Place 2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheets (or line with parchment paper)
  • Flatten with bottom of glass (dip in sugar to keep dough from sticking).
  • Bake at 350° F. for about 10 - 11 minutes.
  • Makes about 7 - 8 dozen.

Hints:

  • Use a glass with a "crystal cut-glass base" to make a pretty design on the top of the cookies.

Have the kids help with these ... :)

This is one of those easy recipes for kids to help with.

I particularly like bringing math into any baking I do with my granddaughters. Either we half the recipe or double it. In this case, we may just half it because the whole recipe makes lots. With 7 - 8 dozen, there's lots to share.

Because of that, it's a great one to learn division with. Makes it fun to calculate ½ of ¾ cups molasses, but we even have fun with that!

It's also fun to try to find just the right glass to flatten the dough. We go through several crystal glasses and sugar bowls and dessert bowls to find just the right one that will leave a pretty impression on the cookie.

Oma says,

Since the dough needs to be chilled, I either make it ahead of time, or else I make the dough with by granddaughters.

Then we play some Wii together, and then finish the cookies!


If it's Christmas, I'll make the full amount, sometimes even double it. The cookies disappear so quickly at this time of year, that this becomes an easy recipe that tastes so Christmas-y with the spices.

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