Soft Perfect Gingersnaps

So, I’m always on the hunt for the best cookie recipes and I have definately found another one. I found this cute woman’s recipe named Marjorie Johnson from the cookie madness blog, she’s been on Jay Leno and other shows demonstrating her recipes. I LOVE homemade gingersnaps, and these are absolutely the best I’ve had! Enjoy! Here’s the link to Marjorie Johnson’s information:


Blue Ribbon Gingersnaps
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup sugar (for dipping)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cream shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg in large bowl. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, blending until mixed. Dough can be chilled for easy handling.
3. Shape the dough into balls the size of whole walnuts. Roll balls in sugar, place on baking sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool on sheet one minute before transferring to rack.
Makes 3-4 dozen.

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17 Responses
  1. Barbara Drew

    Could you p
    Could you plEase tell me what you use for shortening? Thank you very much! Anxious to try these receipts.

  2. Charlesetta Manzueta

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  3. Cupcake Activist

    I made these a few weeks ago and they were so good! My husband suggested I call them gingersofts instead of gingersnaps since they were so soft.

  4. Cheryl

    Ha! This is funny. My great-grandmother’s name is Marjorie Johnson (no, not the same one), and that same recipe is the one my family has been using for generations — except we use white sugar instead of brown sugar. They really are the most wonderful cookies, aren’t they? My roommate in college used to steal them when my mom would send them in care packages. LOL

  5. Laura

    Your gingersnaps look so good! One trick I learned this winter from a blog (cookie madness I think), is to use turbinado sugar for rolling. It makes the outside extra crunchy (like pepperidge farm gingermen cookies). Trader Joes sells turbinado sugar (aka sugar in the raw)–it is a larger size sugar crystal than regular sugar.

    1. Luis

      These cookies are super yummy! They are a litlte on the sweet side so I will probably decrease the sugar next time. I disagree that dieters should stay away from cookies and sweets. As soon as I tell myself I can’t have something, it’s all I can think about. I like to have a few substitutes on hand for the junk food I would normally have.

  6. Jenny

    Glad everyone liked these gingersnaps. I think they are the best homemade recipe I have ever had. A real keeper!

  7. Becky

    I found your blog while exploring new recipe blogs. I tried these ginger snaps, and everyone loved them! You have some fantastic recipes! I’m excited to try more.

  8. Jenny

    Great to know! I thought I was loosing it!

    I get bored with my layout as well, I’m sure I’ll be changing colors often. Have a good day!

  9. Emiline

    Don’t worry-Emiline is my nickname, given to me by my family. I keep changing my name, layout, etc. on my blog. I get really bored with it.

  10. Jenny

    Hi Amy,
    I’m pretty sure I got the coconut cake mix at Walmart, but if you cannot find it I would just use a yellow cake mix and use coconut milk (which is in the chinese section at the grocery store) in place of the Kerns Strawberry Drink. That would taste just as yummy!

    Hope you like the thai noodles!

  11. A. Goodie

    So I wanted to make the coconut cupcakes but I cannot find a coconut cake mix. I tried Fry’s and Safeway…any suggestions? P.S. I love this blog! We are having the Peanut Tai Noodles for dinner tonight! Thanks

  12. Jenny

    I feel horrible, I thought your name was Emilie all this time. Sorry about that. Emiline is a great name.
    That cute little old lady is adorable. I saw here in her little red dress on that website of hers! Too cute.

    You are such a crack-up. That was fun last night. Thanks for bringing your great family to our celebration dinner! Right back at ya kid!

  13. Kim A

    Do you ever stop…..that’s what he said….Thanks for a great night tonight in “early” celebration of your Birthday! You’re the greatest sister and best friend a girl could ask for!

  14. Emiline

    I’ve seen her on Jay Leno, too. She’s so funny! She brings these cookies to award shows, and gives them away to celebrities. She always wears that red outfit. I bet she has a dozen of those.

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