Welcome to day 2 of Christmas baking week!

This year, Jeff and I decided to add gingersnaps to the list. Normally gingerbread is not my holiday favorite, but as part of our amazing day at Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast, we were given a goodie bag with Safeway gingersnap crisps. Random, I know, but I have been obsessed with gingerbread ever since–they were that good!

So, like I often do on the blog when trying out new recipes, I turned to Alton Brown for a little advice. Being the excessive person he is, he used 3 types of ginger in his gingersnaps: fresh, ground, and candied. We were a little worried the candied ginger might be a bit gummy, so we decided to eliminate that ingredient and just use the other two. We used our microplane zester to grate the ginger which worked perfectly–I highly suggest getting one if you don’t already have one!

Fresh Grated Ginger

He also uses ounces for his measurements which is a little annoying, but much more accurate.

Dry Ingredients

Overall, this recipe won the ridiculously easy and delicious award of the day!


Alton Brown’s Gingersnap Recipe

Makes 4 dozen

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  • 9 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 ounces dark brown sugar
  • 5 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 ounces molasses, by weight
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 4 ounces finely chopped candied ginger


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cardamom, clove and salt.

Place the brown sugar and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on low speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the molasses, egg and fresh ginger and beat on medium for 1 minute. Add the crystallized ginger and using a rubber spatula, stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well combined.

With a 2-teaspoon sized scoop, drop the dough onto a parchment lined half sheet pan approximately 2-inches apart. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 12 minutes for slightly chewy cookies or 15 minutes for more crisp cookies. Rotate the pan halfway through cooking.

Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to stay on the sheet pan for 30 seconds before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with all of the dough. Store in an airtight container for up 10 days. If desired, you may scoop and freeze the cookie dough on a sheet pan and once frozen, place in a resealable bag to store. Bake directly from the freezer as above.