SECRET INGREDIENT: dried cranberries

Some commercial gingersnap cookies taste like just about every baking spice except ginger. To make up for that, we use both ground and fresh ginger here. Dried cranberries make a terrific stir-in that adds a sweet, chewy contrast.


These cookies taste delicious right out of the oven, but to maximize their flavor, store them in an airtight container and let the gingery aromas bloom overnight.

Quick look

  • prep 30 min    cook 30 min

IngredientsNumber of servings: Makes 5 dozen

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons peeled grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar

    How to make it   1 hour

  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • 2

    Combine the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

  • 3

    In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the brown sugar and butter on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg, grated ginger, and molasses, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Reduce the speed to low and mix in the flour until a dough forms. Mix in the cranberries.

  • 4

    Pour the sugar in a small bowl. Roll level tablespoons of the dough into balls, then roll the balls in the sugar to evenly coat.

  • 5

    Arrange the cookie balls about 1 1/2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake on the center rack of the oven until the cookies flatten and darken slightly, about 14 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Allow the baking sheet to cool before adding another batch of cookie balls, or use multiple baking sheets and alternate the pans with each batch.

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