IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!!! Hey everyone! If you’ve ever read a post of mine in December, then you know that I LOVE Christmastime. It’s one of my favorite times of year because of all of the decoration and lights and food and presents and cookies and cheer and drinks…just amazing. So this year, I wanted to give you all an amazing cookie to put out on your dessert tables or trade with your friends for cookie exchanges. It’s a spin on a classic that has real deep emotional roots for me: The Gingersnap!
My grandfather, affectionately (and accurately), nicknamed Teeny was my guy! I loved him so much. He was a huge fan of music and had amassed a collection of hundreds of records across genres and when he later in life lost his ability to speak, we used to listen to music and it was as if in those moments, we could hear each others thoughts and words weren’t needed. That was one of the many ways we bonded, with the first memory I have being him introducing me to gingersnaps! I was visiting him in the states from Cuba during the holidays and he slide me 2 cookies before dinner. I didn’t know what kind they were, but I was a kid and it was cookies! Lol. So I took a bite of this firm, crispy, almost hard cookie and fell in love. I’ve always had an affinity for warm spices and desserts that aren’t too sweet, so the gingersnap was right on brand for me. I remember every time after that, running to the kitchen and looking for that brown paper bag filled with little silver dollar sized cookies so I could eat them until I could no longer chew. I loved them that much.
Fast-forward * mumbles * years and I’ve introduced my 8 year old niece to gingersnaps too! And guess what, she loves them! For my own version, I have created a version that includes the ginger and cinnamon most people have come to associate with gingersnaps, but also added in a few more gingerbread forward spices, like clove and even added a few that aren’t as common, like mace. I also have added in candied ginger to offer a chewy bite in the midst of the crisp and also add another dimension ginger flavor with this style. Another thing I’ve done is reduced the overall amount of sugar in these cookies because I find when a gingersnap is too sweet, it no longer tastes like a gingersnap. Also, when adding in the candied ginger, you’ll get little pops of a big more sweetness.
I’m not going to say that these cookies are healthy…because they’re still cookies, BUT they are full of ginger which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It also has cinnamon and cloves, which I’ve discussed on this site in detail. So again, I won’t say they’re healthy, but I will say you can eat these instead of chocolate chip and maybe feel less guilty about it! Or not, whatever, IT’S COOKIES!! Try these with spiked egg nog for a grown up version of milk and cookies or crushed on top of egg nog ice cream with salted caramel for a sundae treat. Whatever you do, just try them!!