Baking has always been a passion of mine, and at this time of year all I crave are those old-fashioned recipes that I grew up with, like my Grandma Laurin’s family-famous gingersnaps (with a gluten-free variation!).
My Grandma Laurin (on my dad’s side of the family, not ‘Boomba’) had a few recipes that were literally THE BEST. Her cinnamon buns were absolutely to die for (and from lol… I once spent a day with her playing crib and making cinnamon buns and almost fainted seeing how much butter and brown sugar she used).
She is no longer with us, but I always remember her tin jar that she kept on her counter that was always full of gingersnaps. I’m praying that tin is still around somewhere in the family – it brings back such incredible childhood memories. It’s funny how a song, a smell (or a cookie jar) can do that.
I’m the kind of person who prefers simple classic recipes (there are some things you just don’t mess with my friends), and this old-fashioned gingersnap recipe is literally THE BEST. They are crunchy yet chewy, have just the right amount of spice and are a breeze to make – it’s a good one to make with the kids. If I dare say, Grandma Laurin’s gingersnaps are basically perfect.
The holidays are a time for creating new memories and honouring old traditions. And some of those traditions involve food. Ok, a lot of them involve food in our family! And if your family is like mine, some of these dishes are on the indulgent side. And those can fit in… in moderation!
I plan on eating a few of these cookies (without an ounce of guilt) and thinking about my sweet grandma humming along in her kitchen as she did, remembering those long matches of crib and that cookie jar that so many of her children and sweet grandchildren’s hands snuck into over the years.
Her original recipe called for ‘shortening’, which I know meant margarine. I tried it with coconut oil (the regular kind that is solid at room temperature) and they were perfect. I also adapted them to make them gluten-free …. it took a bit of tweaking so see the notes section for the ingredients to sub.
I think Grandma Laurin would be so happy to know that her recipe is still being used and enjoyed… and now in so many more kitchens across the country! What a lovely way to honour someone. I’m sure we all have recipes like these that are handwritten with love on those old recipe cards? What old-fashioned recipe is on repeat in your kitchens at this time of year?
Happy baking my friends,
Grandma’s Gingersnap Cookies
Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies
A holiday classic, this is the BEST recipe for my Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies - they taste just like Christmas.
- 3/4 cup coconut oil*
- 1 cup sugar (plus extra for rolling)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup molasses (we used fancy molasses)
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using an electric mixer on high, cream together coconut oil and sugar. Add in the egg and beat until fully incorporated. Add in the molasses and continue to mix.
Add the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and mix until combined.
Add a generous scoop of sugar to a shallow bowl. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and roll each ball in the sugar to coat. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart from one another; do not press down. Bake for 9-10 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
*you can substitute butter for coconut oil, however your cookie will be thinner and you will need to refrigerate your dough for around 1 hour before rolling into balls.
**bake cookies for 9 minutes if you prefer a more chewy gingersnap and 12 minutes if you prefer a more crunchy gingersnap.
TO MAKE THESE GLUTEN FREE:
- use 2 1/4 cups of gluten free 1:1 flour
- add 1 tablespoon of molasses to the recipe
- increase the spices to 1 1/2 teaspoons each
- increase the eggs to 2 eggs