Call them Cookies, or biscuits or Ginger nuts - Gingersnaps are as delicious from one version to another. No wonder they are considered one of American favorite snacks. Although made all year round, gingersnaps hold a special place during the Thanksgiving season. I especially love them with Milk! The variations that I have come across for these Ginger cookies are mind boggling. Since I make them so very often, I wanted to go for a healthier version which will not make me guilty about gorging them down ( Now you are smiling! But believe me once you take that first bite, I am sure you will indulge in gluttony too! I will be the one to laugh when that happens!) hence I combined few basic gingersnap recipes and modified a wee bit more to incorporate healthy ingredients.

I will call this picture "Crunch with every Bite" and Yes! I have reasons for calling them so. I really understood the meaning of the proverb "When the cat is away, the mice will play" recently. How? Well here's the story. I had very charming and little guests coming over to my place and so I thought I will make these cookies for them. While their mother had to pop out for something urgent, I made the two little ones sit in the drawing room to watch cartoons while I busied myself baking the goodies. When it was almost done, I took them out to cool and told them not to touch them yet till I take photos. I arranged the cookies likewise and last minute remembered that my tripod was in the Garage and asked them to sit tight while I go down and bring it up. 5 min later, I came and saw everything looking supposedly fine although my cookies looked little out of place. Upon notice, I checked v v small bites in the end of each cookie! Then the story comes out that, the two little geniuses had bitten a little bit of every cookie so that I don't notice anything missing! hahaha! I laughed like never before. You should have seen their faces! Children! How much more can we learn from them?

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  • Yields: Makes 10-15 cookies
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • few drops of Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ( plus 1/2 tsp mixed with little sugar for sprinkling)
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup Unsulphered Molasses
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water

In a large bowl sift and mix together the dry ingredients.


In another bowl mix the wet ingredients and whisk till completely dissolved.


Now mix both till completely blended and preheat Oven to 350F


Roll out the dough in your hand into small balls and then cover them with cinnamon sugar


Place them in baking sheet and give them a light press with the bottom of a glass tumbler.


Bake them for 10-15min till the edges turn brown. Cool them for 10-15 min when they will harden and get crispier.They taste better and better with time.

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By Nivedhanams on Sep 20, 2012

I made this delicious gingersnaps cookies and they are a superhit in a house!! . I have updated it on my blog today. Please share your valuable comments and feedback!!! -




By Deb GILCHRIST on Nov 15, 2014

No matter how much a healthy recipe says how wonderful it is my usual experience is that I'd rather have just one and go for the sinful experience. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by your healthy ginger snaps. They are spicy and delicious. And because I was taking them to a fried who doesn't use any oil in his food I substituted applesauce for the oil and I didn't have wheat germ on hand so I used wheat flour in place of germ. I made mine a little smaller than your recipe said because I got 32 aprrox 2inch round cookies from the recipe. Going to drizzle some with some lemon flavored powdered sugar and water icing. Sign me pleasantly surprised

By Neha Jain on May 31, 2014

Hi. These cookies look delicious. i wish to try them. Need your help - Is molasses what we call 'GUR' in India? And you have mentioned 'Unsulphered Molasses', is it different from regular Gur. Pls help.

By Gautami on Oct 30, 2013

hello, I made these cookies and we all loved them. But, they did not turn out crispy???? Dunno why......

By Tadka Masala on Jan 6, 2012

Awww! Forgive me.. but I loved the kids more than cookies. And yes, there is so much we can learn from them. About the cookies.. they look so delicious.. no wonder the kids couldn't wait! :)

By Tadka Masala on Jan 6, 2012

Awww!! Forgive me.. but I loved the kids more than cookies! And there's so much we can learn from them. And now the cookies.. they look so delicious, no wonder the kids couldn't wait! :)

By sunita on Oct 25, 2010

what is the substitute for wheat germ

Just replace it with regular wheat flour

By bee on Mar 17, 2009

make these, people. they are fantastic.

By bee on Feb 25, 2009

i am so making these. i adore ginger cookies.

By Aparna on Nov 3, 2008

I love these whatever you call them. After all, what's in a name, right?
I just saw Shibani's ginger cookies and now these. I think that's a sign that I should make these soon.

By Pearlsofeast on Oct 28, 2008

I have also posted Ginger cookies but I love to try ur version next time.Looks awesome.

By jayasree on Oct 25, 2008

Delicious cookies. Loved the way you shaped them.

LOL at the story. Kids are unpredictable.

By DK on Oct 24, 2008

Thank you all for your generous comments.

The molasses has a distinct flavour and the addition makes these cookies so special. But if really have to substitute try the following. I havent personally used it though so cant vouch for it.

or 1 cup, use

1 cup honey; OR 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar; OR 1 cup dark corn syrup; OR 1 cup pure maple syrup.

hope this helps :)

By Cham on Oct 24, 2008

Oh oh I do see lots of ginger flavors... Could you parcel some ? They are absolutely gorgeous DK :)

By Madhu on Oct 24, 2008

I can't wait to try it. I have all the ingredints except for molasses any substiution for that.
Very delicious recipe Divya.

By Lisa on Oct 24, 2008

Those look just perfect. My sweetie is a big fan of gingerbread and would love these.

By kamala on Oct 24, 2008

The cookies comes out so perfect..I never got perfect shapes..Bookmarked it Dhivya..

By Happy cook on Oct 24, 2008

Oh arent they cuties i mean the two little ones.
Isn't kids so innocent.
It reminds me of when my daughter was little and if she did something wrong, i used to tell her, look to mammas ey and i knew if she had done something wrong she woudn't look ;-)
Sha was always surprised how i knew what ever wrong she did.
Love the pic with the bites on them.
And before i forget the cookies look cute too

By Srivalli on Oct 24, 2008

That sure is beautiful dhivi...

By Hima on Oct 24, 2008

I use to eat them when I was pregnant and gestational diabetic. The nutritionist suggested me to eat 2 before going to bed. Those are the only cookies I was allowed to eat. Thanks for sharing the recipe DK and that too eggless.

By Priya on Oct 24, 2008

Cute cookies...looks fabulous Dk...bookmarking..

By Uma on Oct 23, 2008

LOL at the little cookie monsters! Cookies look so delicious DK! Love that stack of perfect shaped cookies.

By Rachel on Oct 23, 2008

Lol a great story behind the title...even kids couldn't resist that..I love ginger biscuits as well...yours biscuits are really chunky.....nice!!1

By Nags on Oct 23, 2008

lovely and chubby :)

By Divya Vikram on Oct 23, 2008

After your date cookies am bokmarking these beauties! And thats so sweet n cute of the lil ones to nibble the cookies..And thats a pretty picture Dhiv..

By raaji on Oct 23, 2008

Oh boy!!i just got the trick....i have tried cookies a few times but couldnt understand how in the hell to get sucha cute curvy shape on the top instead of a flat one.I jussst got it!!!!Hurray...

By DK on Oct 23, 2008

Thanks glad u liked them.

My e-mail is in my profile section...throw me a line ..would be glad to catch up with you :)

By Bhawana on Oct 23, 2008

Cookies looking great dear :). Next to try out. This is bookmarked. will post next month.

By Bhawana on Oct 23, 2008

Thanks DK :). I have so much to talk about. if u dont mind pls send me ur mail id.n suitable time u can chat.