This was my mother-in-law's recipe and my husband's favorite. Shorten or lengthen the cooking time for a softer or crisper cookie.

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and molasses until well blended. Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; stir into the molasses mixture to form a dough. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll the balls in the remaining sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

100.2 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 15.5g 5% DV; fat 4g 6% DV; cholesterol 5.2mg 2% DV; sodium 149mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2005
Add cardamom! It will take your gingersnaps to a whole new level, I promise! 1/4 tsp per batch (or more if you're brave). Cardamom is somewhat peppery, and is the perfect addition to any gingerbread/snap/cookie recipe. I used margarine and butter because we like our cookies chewy. Happy Baking! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2010
Very tasty cookie but nothing like what I expected. There was no way that dough was the right consistency to roll and so they were drop cookies. They spread out a LOT. I don't know why this happened as I followed the recipe exactly. I'm searching for an answer to that very predicament. They do taste good though. Read More
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460 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 364
  • 4 star values: 59
  • 3 star values: 25
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2005
Add cardamom! It will take your gingersnaps to a whole new level, I promise! 1/4 tsp per batch (or more if you're brave). Cardamom is somewhat peppery, and is the perfect addition to any gingerbread/snap/cookie recipe. I used margarine and butter because we like our cookies chewy. Happy Baking! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2003
This gingersnap recipe is a DELIGHT! I have been looking a long time for the perfect gingersnap, and this is the one! I did make a few changes: I added 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of allspice. Also, I always use real butter in my baking, instead of margarine. I chilled the dough overnight, but I don't think it was necessary. Don't skip the rolling of the cookie dough in sugar, it provides a nice coating that keeps the cookie looking beautiful. Thank you, Ruth Ann! Good job! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2007
Excellent cookie! Comes out thin and crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle. Baked them for exactly 8 min and they came out perfect. Be sure to follow the directions and leave them on the cookie sheet for 5 min before transferring to a rack (or else they will fall apart!). And they spread out A LOT, so don't make them too big! Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2007
this is a ginger cookie that even people who don't like gingersnaps love. I have had marriage proposals (co-workers), offers to clean my house and just down right begging for these. If that doesn't get 5 stars then nothing does Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2009
Lovely cookies, but just narrowly miss a 5 star because they're far more delicate than a true ginger snap. To those who are wondering what went wrong when the cookies come out as flat discs, the answer is absolutely nothing! Ginger snaps are supposed to be flat and very crisp. If you are looking for a puffy, soft ginger cookie recipe, I can heartily recommend "Big Soft Ginger Cookies" from this site. Even though I upped the baking time to 12 minutes, the edges were properly crispy, but the centers still remained chewy. The dough is extremely soft. I chilled it overnight, but it was still too soft to roll into balls by hand. So I scooped them out with two spoons, and rolled them around in the sugar. They spread out a lot while baking, so allow ample room on your baking sheet. Excellent, tasty cookies, just not crispy enough to be called gingersnaps. Edited to add: By evening, all had lost any crispiness and become chewy, which underscores the appropriateness of the 4 star rating. Again, delicious cookie, just not a true gingersnap, without any "snap." Edited to add: I discovered how to make them properly crisp. Use vegetable shortening in place of the margarine, bake for 12 minutes and you'll have actual "snaps." Also, in order to get that proper warmth that we associate with gingersnaps, add a few shakes of cayenne or white pepper. Perfect then! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2007
Very yummy! I followed the reciped exactly. I baked them for 12 minutes and they turned out perfect. The right amount of chewiness (for me anyway!) The only thing was I found the yeild was closer to 2 dozen than 3 dozen. They are so good next time I'll double the recipe.....they won't last very long! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2010
Very tasty cookie but nothing like what I expected. There was no way that dough was the right consistency to roll and so they were drop cookies. They spread out a LOT. I don't know why this happened as I followed the recipe exactly. I'm searching for an answer to that very predicament. They do taste good though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2005
I made these for our family Christmas Cookie Day this year and found a new favorite! My only substitution was butter for the margarine and they still came out beautifully--thin and crispy! This is a wonderful recipe that will be added to my list of regulars. Everyone loved them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2007
These were delicious. I added 1/4 tsp cardamom and extra cinnamon. Also I ran out of molasses so it ended up being 1/8 molasses and 1/8 honey. I think it was better that way though. Eat them warm. Read More
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