Oatmeal Gingersnaps Recipe
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Oatmeal Gingersnaps Recipe

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I always get compliments on these delicious chewy cookies. The spicy aroma fills my kitchen when they're baking and never fails to set a warm holiday mood. —Sherry Harke, South Bend, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Additional sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 68 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Roll into 1-in. balls; roll in additional sugar.
  2. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until set (do not overbake). Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Oatmeal Gingersnaps in Country Woman Christmas 1996, p30

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Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"I found these to be good, but they did not stay as soft as I would like them. I did use cinnamon chips in half the batch, and they came out nice. I think I like plain gingersnaps the best, and I have another recipe that the cookies stay very soft. But, I DO like these."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"My these today,awesome!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"I omitted the cloves, replaced that amount of cloves with another tsp of ginger, added a tsp of cinnamon and used butter flavored Crisco in place of the plain shortening and pressed them thinner so they would have a nice snap to them. 10 minutes is the perfect cooking time"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Nice cookies, I doubled the ginger and added 1 tsp of cinnamon. Also subbed butter for the shortening. I think they really needed more ginger than 1 tsp"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"These are great! I flattened mine only slightly. I used butter in place of shortening & I also added a teaspoon of cinnamon and a bag of cinnamon chips! I rolled some in turbinado sugar and some it course white sugar. Both sugars added a nice crunch. I will make these again!"

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