Gingersnap Cookies

These Gingersnap Cookies Will Make Your Mouth Water

Gingersnap cookies are a classic holiday cookie that is perfect for gifting. The recipe has been around for decades and it’s a favorite with children and adults alike.

Gingersnap cookies are traditionally made by baking the ingredients in a hot oven, which creates a crunchy, brittle cookie with hints of ginger flavor. The best part about this recipe is that you can use whatever type of nut you have on hand to make the dough – whether it be walnuts, peanuts or pecans.

These cookies are also known as “gingersnaps” because they were originally made from ground ginger, molasses, and brown sugar.

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Back in August, I got an email from Kinfolk magazine. When I first saw the sender, I just thought it was one of their mass emails about a new magazine or article or something. But it wasn’t. It was the art director asking me if I would like to shoot a photo for their winter issue. I was in an utter state of shock.

Kinfolk is that kind of magazine that I would dream of shooting in but never thought my photos would get in. I like the photos I take, but Kinfolk has just such a certain kind of beauty in its photos that I didn’t think mine would be up to par.

But they wanted me. AMAZING. I immediately replied back, of course! So I shot two photos for the issue: gingersnap cookies packaged up for giving and a hot toddy drink. Nerves took over the day of the shoot, but I somehow managed through, with the help of my mom coming up with my little cousin to help out.

 They sent me the new issue last week, and to see my photos in print was such a dream. To have photos with the likes of Alice Gao and Nikole Herriott made me feel like I was finally doing something right. Here are the photos and a few of the outtakes as well, my favorite being the one of my mom holding little Alana. 

Gingersnap Cookies Recipe

On a sadder note, my beloved little cat, Cosmic, has passed away. She has been my cat for more than half my life and was my love. I begged my parents for years and years to get a pet when I was little; every birthday and Christmas, it was the only thing I wanted. It was always ‘No, our condo is too small,” etc., etc. Then one day, my Aunt called us up, and her neighbor’s cat had a kitten, seeing if we wanted one.

Somehow the answer became yes from my parents, and we drove over there to pick out one. This little grey kitten with a white milk mustache became ours. I loved her from the moment we saw her. She was not the normal type of cat that most people fall in love with. She was really tough, acted like she didn’t need anyone, and was so feisty that she would sometimes nip at my ankles. 

But if I were really still, just laying on the couch watching tv, she would sneak up and crawl onto my stomach and purr while I pet her. It made those little moments more special. We were just alike. Tough and aloof on the outside but really just a little softy at heart. I will miss her more than anything.

She has been slowly fading away this past month. When my parents came back from a trip, she had lost so much weight and just slept on a chair all day long, barely eating or drinking. Luckily my dad was home from work recovering from surgery, so he was there with her all day long until the end. She will be greatly missed.

Gingersnap Cookies

Gingersnap Cookies

  • 1 stick (114g) butter, soft
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (85g) molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups (250g) AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • white sugar for rolling

Oven 350.

Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Sift in flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix until combined. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Scoop out into 1 tbsp balls and roll in white sugar. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool slightly on the sheet, then let finish cooling on rack.

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