ginger snaps {sms}

The Son walked into the kitchen as I was mixing the dough for this week's cookie (and while m&m cookies were baking) and announced, "I smell pumpkin!"

The spices- cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg- associated with pumpkin goodies and Sweet Melissa's recipe transport me to a brisk fall morning, with crisp air and crackling leaves.

Wishful thinking, as it was 90º outside and about 89º in the kitchen with oven blasting.

The hot kitchen was worth it for the bites of yumminess- buttery, spicy, and a slight pepper kick. The only change I made to the recipe was to decrease the baking soda.  For whatever reason, I seem to be hypersensitive to it (it leaves a nasty aftertaste if there's too much) and this recipe seemed to be a bit heavy on it, so I halved the amount. Perhaps that is one reason why they turned out so...


I added a little sprinkling sugar, figuring some sparkle can't hurt.

I like this recipe and will definitely use it again, perhaps with the addition of some diced candied ginger for a stronger ginger punch.  (It's definitely better than the ginger snap I made last year, which called for bacon fat! )

If you would like to see the recipe, please click over to The Ginger Snap Girl's post.  You can also read about all the other ginger snap adventures of the Bakers of Sweet Melissa Sundays.


  1. Sprinkling the sugar on top was a great addition. I love the bits of shine.

    My cookies are FLAT also and I used the baking soda but then, I made mine gluten free.

  2. I used the full amount of baking soda and mine were still a bit on the flat side. Though some other bakers' baked up nice and round. Maybe its the weather difference? Strange! And speaking of strange... bacon fat in ginger snaps????

  3. Looks great! My husband is sensitive to the taste of baking powder too. My dough is chilling in the fridge so we will so how it turns out!

  4. Yum I love a house that smells like pumpkin! Im glad you enjoyed the recipe! I had some issues but I loved the taste!

  5. Glad you enjoyed them! Looing at everyone's cookies, I wish I would have had a kitchen to make these in this week! Yours look wonderful!

  6. Your cookies look great! Glad to hear you braved the heat to bake these tasty treats. My husband can't understand how we could have a baking group that bakes in the summer months. But he didn't mind so much when he scarfed down 4 cookies last night.

    My cookies were a bit flat too and I used the full amount. I really think it has to do with the flour to butter ratio...I've heard that weighing flour is the way to go, but have not gotten around to doing it myself.

    Bacon fat? LOL!

    Thank you for baking along this week!

  7. Your cookies look lovely with the bit of sparkle! I was happy I made these on Saturday because Sunday was much hotter where I live and I don't know if I could have done it.

    Add me to the list of people curious about the bacon ginger snaps!

  8. I was taken by Cathy Horyn's story (fashion critic for NY Times) and couldn't resist trying out the recipe.


  9. Bacon fat in gingersnaps?? Now that's interesting! Glad these turned out better :) Mine were really flat too, even with the full amount of baking soda.

    Ditto on the weather - it was (is) brutal here too. Definitely makes me less enthusiastic about baking.


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