Tuesday, December 17, 2013

TWD: Gingersnaps

Tuesdays with Dorie baking through Baking with Julia
by Dorie Greenspan
Contributing Baker: David Blom

I was excited these cookies were picked for our second recipe for December for a few reasons:

1. I love gingersnaps.
2. They are cut-out cookies - who doesn't like making cut-out cookies?!
3. Uber easy!
4. A new cookie for the Christmas cookie tin. :)

 Before baking, you brush the cookies with a molasses glaze (equal parts of molasses and water).

 If only I had these cute cookie stencils.

The description for these cookies say they are mildly spiced - this is an understatement. I wish I had gone with my instinct to add more ginger and cinnamon to these. The only discernible flavor was the molasses. I like molasses - if they were called molasses cookies, the flavor would have been spot on.

These were not anything like I was expecting them to be. They were thin, tough, and chewy. I was hoping they would be similar to the Sweetzels brand that I buy - full of ginger flavor, with a hard, yet crunchy texture, perfect for dipping in a cup of coffee or tea.

I did have high hopes for these cookies. The dough was deliciously fragrant. And it took all but maybe 5 minutes to make the dough. I'm glad I refrained from making a double batch, for the end result was a disappointment.

If you want to give this recipe a try (maybe you'll have better luck than I did), you will find the recipe by clicking here, or it can be found on page 324 of Baking with Julia.

To see how my fellow bakers fared (I know a couple of them enjoyed this recipe), visit the Tuesdays with Dorie website and look for the LYL: Gingersnaps link.


  1. that's too bad. I liked these OK, but was glad that the small batch size also meant a small commitment.

  2. I doubled the spice in the dough, but didn't roll and bake them yet. I hope doubling the spice will make them better. I wonder if the molasses glaze made them chewy.

  3. Yeah, I'm glad this only made a small batch!

  4. As always, your photos look wonderful.

  5. Love your cookie decorations! Not a winner for me either. No ginger and no snap. Phooey!

  6. As much as I like watching David Blom make these, no matter the changes to the recipe, it is not a winner. I have been trying to find a recipe similar to Anna's Ginger Snaps without much success. Dorie's Speculoos from Around My French Table has been the closest so far. Lovely snow flake!

  7. We all had such high hopes! Beautiful looking cookies....

  8. Thanks for you honesty about the recipe. It is really intriguing with the molasses wash. They're so pretty!


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