Okay friends {confession time} – I grew up never being exposed to a ginger snap. I honestly thought that my GRANDMA’S GINGER COOKIES were the only type of ginger cookie that people made. It wasn’t until college at a cookie exchange where I discovered the famous ginger snap cookies.

And wowza I feel in love with those snaps. I vividly remember the brown bag with the orange lettering that they came in and devouring the entire bag with my roommate. I’m pretty sure I was a wall flower that night, not really socializing and instead stuffing my face in that bag of ginger snaps. No shame whatsoever!

While I love ginger snaps, nothing in my eyes will ever beat my GRANDMA’S GINGER COOKIES. They are so soft and chewy, yet have a crispy outer crust. I made these with my mom and siblings every year growing up over the holiday season. Scratch that, we made them at least a dozen times every Christmas. They were the most requested item in our goody bag to our family and friends, well these cookies and my grandma’s BEST EVER ZUCCHINI BREAD.

Now I make these for our family and friends over Christmas with my kids just like my mom did with us. I love this tradition and of course eating one straight of a hot pan and dipping it into a cold glass of milk. {Mouthwatering as I write this.}


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups shortening
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In your mixer cream sugar and shortening together. Slowly add in the molasses and eggs, one at a time.
  4. ………………………………..

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