Oma's Ginger Snap Cookies Recipe - Gewürz-Plätzchen

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. 

It's like a molasses cookie recipe but more gingery. And, if you like ginger, then you really also need to make these German gingerbread cookies.

Prep Time

20 minutes + chill time

Bake Time

11 minutes

Total Time

31 minutes + chill time


Makes 7 - 8 dozen


  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • extra sugar (about ½ cup)


  1. Beat shortening until creamy.
  2. Add brown sugar, egg, and molasses.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients and add to sugar mixture. Blend together.
  4. Cover and chill dough.
  5. Shape into balls (about 1-inch diameter) and roll in granulated sugar.
  6. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheets (or line with parchment paper)
  7. Flatten with bottom of glass (dip in sugar to keep dough from sticking).
  8. Bake at 350°F. for about 10 to 11 minutes.


  • Use a glass with a "crystal cut-glass base" to make a pretty design on the top of the cookies.
  • For more gingery cookies, try these German gingerbread ones.

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