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Ginger Snaps Recipe – Candied Ginger Cookies

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The best ginger snaps cookie recipe I have ever made: crispy, aromatic and loaded with spicy pieces of crystallized or candied ginger.

These ginger snap cookie recipe was this year’s revelation when it comes to cookies.

ginger snaps cookies candied ginger

Every December I make quite a few different sorts of cookies, but mostly the same ones, our traditional German cookies so to say.

Cookies like these Easy Five Ingredient Thumbprint Cookies with Jam, the Chewy German Hazelnut Macaroons – Nussmakronen, the Vanilla Crescents with Hazelnuts (my number ones forever), the German Chocolate Crossies (always for my husband) or the colorful sugar streusel cookies that I’ve been making with the kids (and godchildren and neighbor’s children) since my son was three years old.

But every year I make a point in trying a few new cookie recipes and although we like most of them, it is seldom that I find a recipe the way these ginger snap cookies or candied ginger cookies did.

They are so good, you just cannot stop eating them and I am sure I will make them again and again for the years to come.

ginger snaps cookies candied ginger

How to make?

  • Make sure the butter is soft.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking trays with baking paper. If using a convection oven, which will allow you to bake two trays of cookies in the same time, preheat that to 160 degrees Celsius/ 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Chop the candied ginger into small pieces.
  • Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes, the sugar doesn’t need to be dissolved, I think the fact that the sugar was not completely dissolved made the candied ginger cookies crunchier.
  • Add the egg to the mixture and incorporate.
  • In another bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and ground ginger.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and incorporate carefully.
  • Mix in the chopped candied ginger as well.
ginger snap cookies with candied ginger

How to bake:

  • Break small pieces of the dough, about the size of a walnut, and form little balls.
  • Press them lightly with your palm. Place them on the baking tray, leaving enough space between them, they will spread a little.
  • When the first baking tray is full of cookies, place it immediately in the oven and bake the cookies for about 20 to 25 minutes or until nicely golden.
  • Start forming the remaining ginger snaps. If using it a convection oven place the second tray immediately in the oven together with the other tray, just think about the fact that the second tray will need the same amount of time in the oven as the first tray, so give it that time.
  • If using a regular oven, place the tray in the fridge while the first batch of cookies is baking.
  • Let the cookies rest on the tray for about 5-10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
ginger snap cookies with candied ginger

Can you use other candied fruit?

  • I made the same cookies with homemade candied pineapple and candied cherries from a jar as well.
  • The pineapple version was pretty much the same in texture, only the flavors were different, sweeter and not spicy, but good.
  • The candied cherry ones were softer and juicier than the candied ginger cookies, they spread more in the oven due to that extra moisture, I suppose. The children loved them, it was at their request that I used the cherries, but for me, the ginger cookies remain the best.

Other Christmas presents from the kitchen:

Crispy Chocolate Squares with Caramel and Hazelnuts
Romanian Homemade Chocolate Bars with Cocoa
ginger snaps with candied ginger

ginger snaps with candied ginger

Ginger Snaps Recipe – Candied Ginger Cookies

I have ever made the best ginger snaps cookie recipe I have ever made: crispy, aromatic, and loaded with spicy pieces of crystallized or candied ginger.
4.34 from 27 votes
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: English
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 35 -40
Calories: 81kcal
Author: Adina

Ingredients 

  • 150 g chopped candied ginger 5.3 oz/ 2/3 cup
  • 120 g unsalted butter 4.2 oz/ ½ cup, soft
  • 200 g sugar 7 oz/ 1 cup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract See note
  • 1 egg
  • 250 g all-purpose flour 8.8 oz/ 2 cups + 1 tablespoon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
    If using a convection oven, which will allow you to bake two trays of cookies simultaneously, preheat that to 160 degrees Celsius/ 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Chop the candied ginger into small pieces. Set aside.
  • Batter: Place the butter, sugar, and vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract) in a bowl and beat until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes; the sugar doesn't need to be completely dissolved. Add the egg to the mixture.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and ground ginger in another bowl.
  • Combine: Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and incorporate carefully. Mix in the chopped candied ginger as well.
  • Form cookies: Break small pieces of the dough about the size of a walnut, and form little balls. Press them lightly with your palm. Place them on the baking tray, leaving enough space between them, they will spread a little.
  • Bake the cookies for about 20 to 25 minutes or until nicely golden.
    If using a regular oven, place the second tray of cookies in the fridge while baking the first batch of cookies.
  • Rest: Let the baked cookies rest on the tray for about 5-10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Use a digital kitchen scale to measure the ingredients when baking; it guarantees for best results.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 43mg | Sugar: 9g
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Fiona

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Hi Deborah, your recipe looks so delicious and I’m going to give these a try as little Christmas gifts for my work team. I’m in Australia and haven’t been able to find ‘candied’ ginger. I have found crystallised ginger (which looks like a chewy sweet with sugar on the outside) and then glacé ginger, which is slightly softer and in a sticky sugar syrup. I’m just wondering which of these you recommend using / most closely resembles candied ginger? TIA. Fiona

Adina

Thursday 9th of December 2021

Hi Fiona. From what you are describing, I think crystallized ginger is better. The stuff I use is dry, not in syrup. Adina

Deborah Clarke

Monday 18th of October 2021

Your recipe looks wonderful! I want to make them for my friend for Christmas and was just wondering how long they last in an airtight box?(Assuming of course, the rest of the family don't devour them in one go!) Also, could they be frozen and then defrosted nearer to Christmas? Thankyou in advance!

Adina

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Hi Deborah. They will keep for about 1 week in airtight containers at room temperature. I've never put them in the freezer, but I think that will work fine. Wrap them well and place them in a freezer container. Happy baking!

Deniz Cebe

Monday 29th of March 2021

This is simply the best! Already a staple in our home, made it countless times and just realized I never commented on this post to say THANK YOU! <3

Adina

Monday 29th of March 2021

Wow, Deniz. Thank you so much!

John Wolfe

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Did I miss something in the recipe? I don’t see molasses in the ingredients. I added a 1/4 cup.

Adina

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Hi John, there is no molasses in the recipe. I hope they still turned out ok with your addition.

Jayme

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

Whatis your Christmas mug and cookie jar? They are beautiful.

Adina

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

You will laugh, my mother-in-law buys all her medicine (lots of it) in a pharmacy, which makes this kind of gifts to their clients... She got about 3 sets, so I got one of them. :)