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I spent last weekend transitioning my apartment from summer to fall, decking the tables with orange and red. One decoration—a spiced pumpkin candle—truly brought the spirit of the season since my boyfriend exclaimed it made him think of, and crave, ginger snap cookies. Thus, I decided to keep the festivities going and surprise him with some homemade ginger snaps yesterday evening.

These cookies, which I found on AllRecipes.com, were very easy to make and turned out amazing, if I do say so myself. It might be 100 degrees out in L.A. today, but in my apartment, it’s all about fall.

ginger-snap-ingredientsHere’s what you need:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup white sugar for decoration 

To make:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, vegetable oil, molasses and egg.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon and ginger.
  • Add the flour mixture to the first bowl and stir thoroughly.
  • Spoon the batter into balls, roll in sugar and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the center of the cookie is firm. Cool on wire racks.


Seems pretty easy, right? My batter was a bit sticky based on these directions so I added a little more flour to the mixture, which worked out just fine. Oh, and did I mention these cookies make your kitchen smell incredible? Who needs candles when there are cookies to be made! I’m definitely going to make these cookies a new fall tradition.