October 30, 2003
Tod’s Soft Ginger Snaps

recipe thursdayJust in time for Halloween or some early holiday baking, I’m offering you my recipe for the world’s best ginger snaps.

This is a tried-and-true recipe handed down from Tod’s mother, though I don’t know where it came from before that. I’ve baked them a few times a year for the past 14 years. Absolutely scrumptious and easy to make.

Tod’s Soft Ginger Snaps
3/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 t salt

Combine the shortening, egg, sugar and molasses. Add the remaining ingredients. Chill for 1 hour, then shape into 1” balls. Roll the balls in sugar and arrange on an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with a little bit of cold water to help keep the cookies moist and to form cracks on top. Bake for a scant 8 minutes in a 350 degree oven. They come off the cookie sheet much more easily if you let them sit for a minute after they come out of the oven. Makes 6 dozen, but it’s never enough…

Posted by kuri at October 30, 2003 12:00 AM


6 dozen is never enough! These rock. I made them twice so far since you shared this recipe with me years ago. Why only twice? I have no idea. Maybe I’ll make some this weekend…I have a lot of molasses in the pantry.

Posted by: Jenn on October 30, 2003 08:02 AM

If you don’t mind, please show the photo of this cake. IN Japan these days HALLOWEEN is becoming populer. Now this week I have been giving lessons to studends wealing ???? clothes and a hat. If you are interesed in it,please come to my bbs(not my diary).

Posted by: MIeko on October 30, 2003 08:30 AM

Ohhhh. Man, they sound good…
I may be having them tonight with a big glass of cold milk…

Posted by: Jim on October 31, 2003 02:40 PM

I made these last night. Actually, I made the dough the night previous and rolled out two batches and baked them last night. Helen said when she bit into one, “They’re ok.” Then she ate three more! She took some with her lunch today. Ha!

The trickiest part of these (for me) is keeping them uniform. I like when they come out all the same - little molasses soldiers.

Posted by: Jenn on November 4, 2003 10:51 PM
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