I like ginger snaps. I love the ginger snaps from Marks & Spencer. They’re real good – ahh spicy with plenty of ginger taste! It was then that I decide to bake my own ginger snaps cookies. You can read all about my first ginger snaps baking attempt in my personal blog. I referred to Alice Waters’ ginger snaps recipe in David Lebovitz’s blog.
There are many ginger snaps version but I think they almost always end up with the same taste and texture. This (the similarity) is what I found out when I tried Joy of Baking’s ginger snaps recipe in this post. Though both recipes differ from M&S’ ginger snaps, they’re still very good.
First gather all the dry ingredients in a bowl. I like to prepare the dry first and put it aside because they won’t react chemically unlike the wet.
Cream butter and sugar (white and dark sugar) until creamy.
If you find that molasses sticking to measuring cup is a nuisance like me (difficult to wash off), then apply a thin layer of butter on the surface of the measuring cup.
There are 2 methods (as far as I know) to mold ginger snap cookies. One being shaping the dough into a log -> chill/freeze it -> slice log into thin slices. Another method is to simply do nothing with the dough. Let it remain in the baking bowl -> chill/freeze it -> roll into 1 inch diameter balls -> flatten cookies with bottom of a glass.
I’ve tried both methods and I like the latter best as rolling the dough into a ball and then flatten it will yield a perfect round shape. As for the log, it will not promise a perfect round. So if you’re into rustic & grunge look for the cookie then the log method is perfect. Haha
Bake for 12-15 minutes. I like my cookies crispy so I baked for about 13-14 minutes.
I prefer using Alice Waters’ ginger snaps recipe compared to Joy Of Baking as the first is one less sweet and baking time of 10 minutes will yield a perfect crunch ginger snaps. Whereas the ginger snap cookie recipe from Joy Of Baking that I used here is very sweet and I had to experiment with the baking time (spell: Lazy).
Yield 5 dozens.