Old-Time Gingersnaps, a slice and bake dough.

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My favorite quiet time is during Christmas. I will light up the tree and bask in the simple glow of the tree lights while enjoying my coffee. Sometimes I will play music, but usually, it is just the tree, some coffee and me. It is always an added bonus if the day is Saturday or Sunday, as I do not have to go to work. I love being able to stay home, enjoy the quiet and bake. With Christmas fast approaching, I will be baking cookies, on those quiet mornings.

These cookies are not overly sweet, with only 1/2 c sugar. They are rich in molasses and two kinds of ginger. This is a convenient "slice and bake" cookie, which has the benefit of being baked when needed or giving a wrapped portion as a hostess gift, along with baking directions. 

The cookies bake with a smooth top and will take a lemon glaze or any decoration of your choice. You can also frost and stack with whipped cream between the cookies in pretty lined muffin tins, to make individual, refrigerator cakes. The next day you may serve from the paper liner on a plate or remove and serve with simple brown sugar syrup poached apples or pears.  And because I love it so, more whipped cream. As you can see from the offered suggestions, this is one versatile cookie dough. 

Old-time Gingersnaps a Slice and Bake Dough
Adapted from: New England Cookbook
By:  Eleanor Early

4 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1/2 t salt
1 t ginger
1 c butter OR 1/2 c butter and 1/2 c lard or coconut oil
1/4 c finely minced candied ginger
1 t baking soda
1 T hot water
1 c molasses

Combine flour, sugar, salt and powdered ginger in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles cornmeal.


You can use your stand mixer to "whisk" and "cut in" the butter, the secret is slicing your butter into thin pats and adding to the flour mixture while the mixer is running on the lowest speed. In about 3 - 5 minutes using the low speed, the mixture has the correct "cornmeal" look.

Stir in minced candied ginger. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; add the molasses and hot water mixture. Mix well.

Divide dough into two parts. Roll each part into a log/roll. Wrap in wax paper, place in the refrigerator.


The dough is soft at this point, refrigerate overnight and complete a final shaping while chilled, before baking.

When ready to bake, cut slices 1/4 inch thick. Place dough slices on a prepared baking sheet. 

Bake at 350 degrees 9 – 12 minutes. You may add a couple additional minutes for a crispy cookie if desired. 

Let cool 5 minutes, remove from baking pan and let cool completely. 

You may see the finished gingersnaps with lemon glaze here


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  1. My quiet time is at night. Don goes to bed almost promptly at 9 and I stay up then and just seem to chill. Those cookies sound delicious. Have a lovely morning.

  2. You are right, long time. I am sorry! I am so glad you are working again and hope the environment better suits you.
    What a lovely lovely post and introduction to the recipe.
    Happy Holidays! Warmly,

  3. My quiet time, just like you, are in the mornings. The kids will be at school, I'll have my coffee, check my email, plan my day, although I may not necessary follow my plans! Once the kids are back, then it will be constantly "Mommy, mommy, mommy!". My precious quite time is really for me to "unwind and rewind"!

  4. Melynda, while I don't get up QUITE as early as you (LOL), I too love my quiet time in the morning. I'm a morning person and just love the time alone to drink my coffee, catch up on emails, etc. It's my favourite part of the day. Some of these cookies would go perfect with my coffee today. Thank you so much for sharing with Cookbook Sundays. Enjoy your day!

  5. Quiet time is the greatest gift any woman can give herself! I have a quiet time everyday when I read my Bible, talk to God, then I come here and talk to all of you. Just wishing I had one of your cookies to have with my coffee. Thank you for sharing and you have a wonderful week!

  6. nice reading... you have a wonderful space here.. following you...

  7. Silence is golden.

    I love your gingersnap recipe.

  8. These look great. And I love the red mixer. I almost bought red, but my entire kitchen is painted red so I thought it might not look right. I ended up getting silver. Now I'm baking constantly and putting on extra lbs. Eeek! Oh well, I love kitchenaid. :)

  9. oh.i can almost smell them...what a wonderful way to spend some of your quiet time. thank you for sharing this amazing recipe with tuesday night supper club!


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