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Anabelle’s Ginger Crisps Cookies

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My first nibble of Anabelle’s Ginger Crisps sold me on ginger cookies decades ago. This is my grandmother’s recipe for an old classic, a thin, crisp ginger cookie.

Holiday Ginger Crisps stacked on a white plate with cinnamon sticks

Ginger Crisps

I vividly remember the scent of my grandparents’ kitchen. There was no lingering aroma of the previous night’s dinner, but instead a lovely, light fragrant infusion which emanated from Annabelle’s spice drawer. The mixture of cloves, ginger and cinnamon seemed both exotic and comforting. Anabelle was the grandmother who let us eat toasted and buttered angel food cake for breakfast. And, if we were lucky, she’d have a batch of her paper thin ginger crisps to snack on later in the day.

Holiday Ginger Crisps in a white terrine with cinnamon sticks


Old Fashioned Ginger Cookies

I inherited my grandmother’s terra cotta cookie press which I found in my parents’ silverware drawer, then messaged my aunt, sisters and cousins when I couldn’t locate my recipe for these old-fashioned ginger crisps. I love that my aunt, Angela, copied the recipe word for word. No instructions how to mix the dough, and who the heck knows the size of a filbert? Not me, until I googled it! I treasure this recipe and added some more details so you all can try them, too.

The leaf and berry pattern on my cookie press did not show clearly after I baked the first batch. So I ended up rolling the rest of the dough balls in sugar and just not worrying about the design. My kids prefer a chewier cookie so I baked mine for just 8 minutes.

Christmas Extravaganza

Today, I’m sharing this recipe with my blogging friend, Abeer, of Cakewhiz, who is organized a Christmas Extravaganza. You’ve probably seen her amazing creations on Pinterest and around the web; they are incredible! We were to take a holiday recipe and give it a twist. Mine is using nearly a century old, family recipe to see how it works in a modern kitchen. Check out the other wonderful holiday creations below.

Anabelle’s Ginger Crisps

Anabelle’s Ginger Crisps

My grandmother's thin, crispy ginger cookie recipe.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield varies


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • Sugar, for rolling cookies


  1. Cream butter and sugar, then add egg and molasses. Mix in baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Stir in flour.
  2. Chill dough. Roll in tiny balls, slightly larger than a filbert* (I used either 1 or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dough per cookie). Roll dough balls in sugar. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350º about 8-10 minutes. Cool on a brown grocery bag (I used a cooling rack).The smaller the ball, the thinner you can flatten the dough. If you go for a double batch, be sure you have a liter of gin and a chair to get you through the afternoon.


* A filbert is the same as a hazelnut and about 20 mm in diameter.
* You can make oodles of cookies from this recipe if you make them small and press them very thin.
*The dough can get sticky if your kitchen is warm. I pressed a dough ball with a sugared glass, then resugared and pressed again to get it thinner.
*There is no need to grease the cookie sheet, but I still like to use parchment for easy clean up.
**Don't you love unedited old family recipes????

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 18mg Sodium: 43mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g

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28 comments on “Anabelle’s Ginger Crisps Cookies”

  1. Anabelle sounds like a hoot! The cookies look great, love the special press:@)

  2. That is one gorgeous looking cookie Lizzy and the pics are really beautiful , loved your post and seasons greetings to you 🙂

  3. Grandmothers who baked are the best, they leave great memories. And cookie presses. Lovely cookies Liz!

  4. Guess this cookie is definitely your tradition to continue!

  5. Lovely cookies just perfect for Christmas
    Merry Christmas

  6. Dear Lizzie,
    This cookies look amazing.
    I came to wish you a very Happy Christmas for you and your Family and I hope Santa brings all the happiness in the world.
    Big kiss

  7. I love this post… makes me feel so warm and cozy. 🙂
    Beautiful cookies, Lizzy! Have a great Christmas!!

  8. They sound and look delicious. And that’s a great cookie press. Great memories of Grandma, for sure!

  9. Lizzy , these cookies makes me drool ! 😀 The first photo is just awesome ! 5 stars for both cookies and the pic ! lol

  10. Beautiful cookies, and I am imagining how crispy and yummy they are…wonderful job as always Liz!
    Wishing you very happy Holidays!!!

  11. i am always impressed with how round and perfect your cookies are…heheh.
    and i am so glad you joined my extravaganza with this family recipe…it was perfect 🙂

  12. Oh, this post is so wonderful. My mother’s recipes all sound like this (using measurements like the size of a walnut, or 5 cents worth of yeast etc.). I absolutely love them and can tell the ones that are the most stained and splattered are the ones she used the most!!! Your Grandmother’s Ginger crisps sound DELISH – especially with Gin :).

  13. Ginger crisps, snaps and cookies are everywhere right now. I say the more the merrier. I heard filbert a long time ago too. Don’t remember what it is.

  14. Wonderful recipe, Lizzy! I can imagine that it means a lot to you, brings nice memories.

    Merry Christmas, dear!

  15. These cookies look delicious and I love that they are your grandmother’s recipe… family recipes are the best as they are full of memories! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family Lizzy! 🙂

  16. Send some over please…My husband loves ginger snaps but I never made at home. These will be perfect to surprise him.

  17. I love molassess ginger combo. Delicious always. ginger crisps is really yum and beautiful.

  18. Oh i love ginger crisps, we have a chinese version with sesame seeds. This recipe sounds yummy! I would love to try this soon, sounds doable for me 🙂 thanks lizzy, merrynchristmas!

  19. I love a recipe that comes with such warm memories and I love the flavors in it..ginger and cinnamon are one of my all time favorite flavor combos

  20. Such a sweet post, Lizzie. It’s amazing how certain smells evoke such strong memories…like these delightful ginger crisps your grandmother used to bake:)

  21. Lizzy,
    I love family recipes. This one looks great. I’ve got to try it.

  22. I adore heirloom recipes like this. You’re lucky to have this recipe and these memories.

  23. Beautiful looking cookies and love the cookie press design – its so cute! Great shots as well 🙂

  24. What a great method – love the gin bit 😉 These sound just perfect – Christmas time or any time!

  25. I personally love an old recipe. I have very few as my mother hated cooking and my grandma got alzheimers and I dont know what happened to hers. One thing I do know however is that I love ginger cookies and mosat especially with sugar on the outside

  26. Do you think these would work as a slice and bake cookie (for those of us with zero patience for rolling out filberts)?
    I have my grandma’s old recipe box. I love reading the recipes:
    Bake in a medium oven
    Scoop of flour
    Bake till done (What does “Done” mean for this recipe?????)

    Luckily, I knew what a Filbert was…my mom still calls hazelnuts, “filberts”.

  27. These are one of my fave cookies for Christmas. . gingersnaps .. love love love.. these look perfect!!

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