These cookies are full of delicious warming spices, perfect for warming up on cold winter days. While baking these classic winter cookies, your house will be filled with the aroma of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves- perfect to get in a festive mood on even the most dreary of days! Roll in the optional cinnamon for a sparkly finish, and add an additional 3 minutes to the cooking time for a more crisp cookie.
1 1/2cupssugar + an additional 1/4 cup for rolling if desired
Preheat oven to 350* F. Line cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl and an electric mixer over medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar (reserving optional 1/4 cup sugar for rolling the cookies in) until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add in eggs and beat again over medium-high speed until throughly combined. Add in molasses and mix again until combined.
Stop mixer, and without mixing add in flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Mix again, but over low speed this time, until all the flour is just combined with the butter mixture.
Form 1-1/2 inch balls, rolling between your palms. If you don't do this step, your cookies will not have the classic 'crackle' top. Once balls are formed, roll in sugar if desired, and then place 2 inches apart on the parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until centers are cooked and edges of the cookies are dry. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes if desired for crisp cookies. Cookies will firm up as they cool.
After removing from oven, allow to rest on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, and then use a spatula to remove to a cooling rack. Repeat rolling and baking with the remaining dough.
Cookies keep in an air-tight container for 1 week at room temperature, or can be frozen in zip-top bags for up to 6 months.
Classic Gingersnap Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 77Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Vitamin A 78IU2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe by Cara Comini of Health Home and Happiness. Visit us at healthomeandhappiness.com