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Crunchy Gingersnaps

Recipe for crunchy gingersnaps.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Crunchy, Gingersnaps
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 32
Author Cookie Madness


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (84 grams)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour (134 grams)**
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar (100 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons mild molasses (40 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons lightly beaten egg (24 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • granulated sugar for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Have ready two ungreased heavy duty baking sheets.
  • In a medium size saucepan, melt the butter over medium and continue cooking just until it starts to turn brown -- swirl often to keep it from burning. Remove from heat to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, thoroughly stir the flour, soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, black pepper and cayenne together in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the brown sugar and stir well to make a uniform dry mixture.
  • Make a hole in the center of the flour mixture and add the egg, molasses and lemon zest. With a fork or a whisk, mix the egg and the molasses together in the little hole, then use a mixing spoon and stir them into the flour.
  • Add the melted browned butter and stir to make dough. It should be thick and kind of oily.
  • Using a rounded teaspoon, shape dough into small balls – you should get about 32 total, so be careful not to make them too big. Roll the balls in sugar, arrange on baking sheet spacing about 2 inches apart, and bake one sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes at 350F. Dough should spread and crack. When cookies appear done, remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.


If measuring by volume, spoon the flour into the cup, do not pack at all.