Spicy and crisp, gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookies. When I buy a bag of them, they quickly disappear within 24 hours. It’s difficult to only eat one at at time.
I came across this recipe from Farmgirl Fare and the cookies turn out in-fricken-credible! Seriously, I can’t go back to store-bought after trying these homemade gingersnaps.
The recipe makes a large batch and I assume this is on purpose, since the cookies will disappear quickly. I made the recipe as written with the exception of substituting in 1 cup of whole wheat flour and using Smart Balance 50/50 sticks in place of the butter and vegetable oil ingredients. I even bought a small cookie scoop in order to make perfect looking cookies.
The recipe notes that you may want to refrigerate or slightly freeze the dough in order to work with it. Maybe it was because I added the whole wheat flour, but my dough wasn’t too soft to handle. I immediately started to bake the cookies after mixing the dough. I wanted my cookies to be crisp so I baked for about 12-13 minutes. As they cool, they will harden. At first they didn’t seem fully crisp all the way through but after sitting in a container overnight (well, for the cookies that made it through the night), they were completely crisp the following day.
For self-preservation, I decided to freeze a few dozen of the cookies to help pace myself on over-dosing. Cookie dough freezes easily and makes for a quick pop-in-the-oven treat after a long day at work. Simply scoop your dough onto a parchment lined tray and freeze until solid, then bag into whatever quantity you’d like. I froze 3 bags of a dozen cookie dough balls. When ready to bake, you don’t even need to thaw them. Place the frozen dough onto a parchment lined baking tray and bake for the full 14 minutes.
I’m already thinking that the gingersnaps would make perfect treats for my neighbors this Christmas. I usually make something and hand out to everyone on our street. One year I made chocolate truffles and last year I made dog biscuits (everyone on our street owns dogs!). This may just be the year of the gingersnap!