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, 0 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 User ID: 5277243 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 User ID: 7632119 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 User ID: 1094741 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 User ID: 2702108 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 User ID: 7473003 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 User ID: 3267063 6752
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

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

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 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 User ID: 6177254 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 User ID: 4684081 4960
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Simple and delicious!"

TLGREINER User ID: 3151501 7945
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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