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, 0g 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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meaganteal 233584
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."

Atlasbaglady 230569
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"My these today,awesome!"

Plyons773 222685
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"

krbmom 18559
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"

sugarcrystal 19892
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!"

RKJSCJ 46430
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"The best fall cookie recipe...."

homemadewithlove 15412
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"Hubby loved these and they do have a homey, spicy aroma when baking. I added cinnamon to mine as well and threw in some butterscotch chips which added to the flavor. I agree they wouldn't have to be rolled in sugar."

DaisyRachel 22240
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"Delicious recipe! I followed the recipe except added tiny bits of candied ginger. Next time, I wouldn't bother to roll them in sugar. Makes them a little too sweet."

caralynn1 75500
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"These were good, not great in my opinion. I'll be on the lookout for a better gingersnap recipe but this one will do in the meantime."

heartlandmom 202238
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"I made these for Christmas instead of my usual soft gingersnaps. They are delicious. I agree they could use just a bit more spice, maybe a little more clove."

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