Ginger snaps

Ginger snaps

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  • Makes 40 cookies
  • Easy
  • 10 minutes
  • 15 minutes


  • 170 g butter, softened
  • 105 g brown sugar
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 260 g flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 2 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 t ground cloves
  • 100 g sugar, for rolling

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Cream the butter, brown sugar and sugar till pale in colour. Add the golden syrup, egg and vanilla extract and whisk till combined.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger and ground cloves. Slowly add to the creamed butter and mix till combined.

Form a ball with the dough before covering and placing in the fridge for 30 minutes till firm.

Spread the extra sugar out in a bowl. Once the dough has firmed up begin rolling out 2-3cm balls before rolling in the sugar and coating well.

Place the sugared balls on a greased baking tray and flatten slightly before placing in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes.

Cook's note: The longer the cookies cook the crispier they will be. Allow to cool on a wire rack before serving.

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    Marijke Venter
    October 30, 2020

    This is the best recipe I’ve ever made, it’s easy to follow and the results are amazing.

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    December 12, 2019

    Do NOT try this recipe! It’s a terrible recipe. The measurements are completely off (too little flour or too much butter) so the dough never firms up. They biscuits in no way look like the picture.

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      January 23, 2020

      Hi Faye, we’ve had our food team re-test these and the recipe works as is. They do, however, look slightly different from the picture as this is a very old recipe. Aside from that, this is a simple recipe for classic ginger snaps.

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      January 21, 2020

      Hello there, thank you for this feedback. We have passed this on to the food team and will re-test.