Cookie Jar Gingersnaps Recipe
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Cookie Jar Gingersnaps Recipe

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My grandma kept two cookie jars in her pantry. One of the jars, which I now have, always had these crisp and chewy gingersnaps in it. They're still my favorite cookie recipe. My daughter, Becky, used this recipe for a 4-H fair and won a blue ribbon. —Deb Handy, Pomona, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 92 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. In another bowl, combine next five ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Dip one side into remaining sugar; place 2 in. apart, sugary side up, on greased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned and crinkly, 12-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Cookie Jar Gingersnaps in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p63

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katsho 239193
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"I can't say it better than anyone else. These are simply the best cookies I have ever had."

hd4baja 238911
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"These are fantastic! I had been looking for a good gingersnap recipe and have tried a couple but been really disappointed. No more - this one is a keeper!! Made some yesterday and will probably have to make again today; they were that good!"

Sue Zappa 233747
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"Would give these cookies 10 stars if I could! These have been favorites in our family since the recipe was published back in 1994. When our six kids were growing up, I baked nearly every day because their friends came home with them. Now that we're down to a household of three, this cookie is still requested! Was hitting the panic button because I couldn't find it!"

carlajacobs 4729
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"This cookie recipe is exactly what I was looking for! They look wonderful and taste even better. Yummy perfection!"

misty0924 6524
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"I baked these cookies this fall and gave some to a friend. Needless to say she said they were the best she has ever tasted and of course requested the recipe! Excellent cookies!"

butterfly3gayle 6752
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"Have made these for years now...and still our favorite!"

delowenstein 5785
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2012

"I have prepared these cookies before-in fact, one of my nieces had requested these cookies back in 1996 for her 11th birthday & she'll be 27! I plan to prepare these again this week! Thank you for this recipe!"

Coolchikaboom 2464
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Yummy! First time making this type of cookie so I have nothing to compare to. My batch was crunchy and tasty!"

mpgarrett 4960
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Simple and delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"Wonderful cookie..I added fresh and crystallized ginger to this once cooled I melt white chocolate chips in microwave and drizzle top of cookie! Yummy"

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