Soft and Chewy Amish Gingersnap Cookies

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 Amish Ginger Cookies take me back to my Childhood

Soft and chewy Amish gingersnap cookies are an amazing mixture of sugar, flour, molasses, and spices.

There’s so much delight in every bite, and they take me back to my childhood, to Sunday church dinner. There was an older lady in church that would frequently make these and bring them for our dinner.

I was always happy to see them on the platter because they were one of my favorites. So to me, these were considered Amish church cookies.

 Amish Sunday Church and Old fashioned Gingersnap cookies for church dinner

The Amish only have church every other Sunday. As New Order Amish we had Sunday School on the in-between weeks, but the Old Order just stay home or visit friends on the Sunday in between.

The Amish church is usually in someone’s home or barn (wherever they have room to seat everyone).

They build their houses with a lot of removable doors instead of a wall, between rooms on the main floor. That way they can take the doors out and open up the joining rooms, giving them a large space to seat everyone in their church.

So it was a big deal to have church at your house. But everyone takes their turn, bringing it around to ours about once a year. One advantage was that you’d get your whole farm cleaned up every year.

It takes a lot of work getting ready for church. We’d start getting ready weeks ahead of time, cleaning up the barn, making sure all the corners were cleaned out and swept, windows washed, etc. The grass all around the farm was neatly trimmed.

And, of course, the house was cleaned from top to bottom. We had to move most of the furniture out of the main floor, to put in the benches. And sometimes we were packed in, using every inch of space.

Amish Church cookies – Church dinner

After church, the hosts always feed lunch to everyone. Lunch consists of bread and buns, some type of bologna or lunch meat, cheese (sometimes we had cheese spread that was made by melting white American cheese), Amish peanut butter spread (recipe), pickles, beets, and either cookies or pie (typically apple Schnitz or regular apple pie). Apple pie recipe here

We piled the peanut butter on our bun and topped it with cheese and meat. I’m nearly drooling thinking about a bun with Amish peanut butter, and cheese spread (schmear cheese). It was so good!!! My kids think it sounds disgusting, but I love it!

Close friends or family of the hosts would often offer to bring along some bread and cookies, so we’d have a variety to choose from. And I always loved when these Amish gingersnap cookies were a choice on the platter. They are so soft and full of flavor.

We’d make tables out of the benches we had sat on for church, and everyone would sit around the table to eat. We had to take turns. The men had one table, ladies had another. And when they were finished we’d set the tables again, and the young people would have their turn.

Everyone ate and then just stuck around to visit with each other for a while.

Two different kinds of molasses I used

How to make the Amish Molasses Cookies:

I use my kitchen aid mixer for everything, but you can use whatever mixer you have.

To make these molasses ginger crinkle cookies, mix the oil and sugar in a bowl. Add eggs and molasses and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined, scraping sides and bottom to get it all incorporated.

Now you can use your cookie scoop or just your hands to make balls.

I dipped some of mine into a bowl of sugar before baking, for extra sparkle. It makes them look neat. But, if you prefer, you can bake them without.

Place the dough balls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

After they were cooled, I dipped some of the cookies halfway into melted white chocolate and put on some sprinkles, to make a more festive Christmas cookie.

plate full of amish gingersnap cookies

Gingersnap Cookies with Fresh Ginger

I also discovered that you can use raw ginger instead of ground ginger, to make these Amish gingersnap cookies.

After I already had some ingredients mixed I made the sad discovery that I was out of ground ginger. So I googled it to see if I could use raw ginger, and sure enough. You need to use more of it, but I zested ginger root into my batter and you can’t tell the difference.

gingersnap cookies

These are amazing Amish Christmas cookies with Ginger. And you can find more Amish cookie recipes here…

Amish Monster Cookies Recipe

Date Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Sand Tart Cookies Recipe

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Recipe

Amish Oatmeal Whoopie Pie Recipe

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Amish gingersnap cookies

Soft and Chewy Amish Gingersnap Cookies

These soft and chewy Amish Gingersnap Cookies are an amazing blend of flour, sugar, molasses and spices. So delicious!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Amish
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 134 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 c. oil I use canola oil, but you can use whatever you prefer for baking
  • 1/2 c. light or Brer Rabbit molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 1/2 – 4 c. flour

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix sugar and oil in mixing bowl. Add molasses and eggs, mix well.
  • Add remaining ingredients, and mix until everything is well incorporated. I tend to go with the lesser amount of flour because I don't like fat cookies.
  • Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of sugar, if desired.
  • Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for about 8 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack.

Notes

If you want to create a festive Christmas cookie dip half of it in melted white chocolate and put on some sprinkles.
 You can find the Brer Rabbit molasses on Amazon (link in the blog post) or at Walmart in the syrup section. I used about 1/3 c. of Brer Rabbit and filled the remaining 1/2 c. with Log Cabin All Natural Table Syrup, also purchased at Walmart. But feel free to use your favorite kind of molasses.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 157mgPotassium: 61mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 12IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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