Photo: Sang An
Makes 6 dozen

Snap a little extra ginger on top of this classic recipe for a crispy, crunchy cookie that everyone loves.

How to Make It

Heat oven to 375° F. Cream the butter and 1 3/4 cups sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Lower to medium and add the eggs, molasses, vinegar, and vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and pepper. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Beat until incorporated. Fold in the crystallized ginger. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions (it will be sticky). Place each portion on a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a 12-inch log, 2 inches in diameter. Wrap and chill for 1 hour. Slice each log into disks, 1/2 inch thick. Dredge in the remaining sugar. Place on a parchment- or foil-lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake until crinkly around the edges, about 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.

Ratings & Reviews

ritamatthews's Review

January 02, 2014
These cookies are very tasty, but why did not one give a warning about how hard they are. I was afraid of breaking a tooth on these and had to soften them up to be able to bite into them. Several of my friends who I gave these to agreed that these were exceptionally hard cookies.

ngsharp's Review

November 24, 2013
Love these cookies - not too sweet with wonderful flavor. Next time I will add the crystallized ginger before all the flour is in. The finished dough is sticky but it is stiff enough to make folding in the ginger a challenge.

jennie51's Review

January 03, 2012
This is a great tasting cookie. I made a half batch and got about 31 small cookies. they are crispy and chewy . I Ibaked 10 min and removed to cool on rack. You can buy cardamon in bulk spices at grocery store in huckleberries section if you have that available. I buy a small amount at at a time . I will be making again as I love them with the unusal ingredients!!

cheriew's Review

December 22, 2011
So great and ginger-y. My husband loves these! A real adult cookie.

lammele's Review

December 08, 2011
These cookies are wonderful! I have made them twice now and they are absolutely tasty and delicious. The first time I made them, I didn't have any cardamon but bought some for the second batch and I think it is well worth the money. I sent this recipe in for a holiday cookie contest and won so this cookie has become a Christmas tradition at my house.

VanCityBookGirl's Review

October 01, 2011
These look great! I can't wait to try them! Here check out this cookie recipe: They are great for Christmas time and are even healthy! No butter. No guilt!

MichelleH29's Review

September 12, 2011
Everyone that tried these loved them; I would change only one thing, which is the amount of pepper. Next time, I shall cut it in half, as it comes out too dominating in my opinion. Made exactly as directed, will do again! (and yes, I sprung for the cardamom, $10; figure I will make other cookies with it in the future).

TripleTreat's Review

January 26, 2011
Ten stars! These gingersnaps are REALLY good and very pretty. I was attracted to this recipe because of the unusual ingredients (balsamic vinegar, cardamom, black pepper). And it totally works! I did spring for the cardamom ($11 for 1.75 ounces), but it will make a lot of cookies (and other things). I did not chop the ginger very finely - maybe 1/8 to 1/4 inch pieces. I did not have the patience to make 3 logs from the very sticky dough. So I just pushed a piece of plastic wrap down onto the surface of the dough and refrigerated for 24 hours. Then I scooped with a spoon, rolled into balls, dredged in sugar, placed on parchment and squished with a glass. One batch I forgot to squish and they turned out the same - so don't even need to do that. Baked for 12 min, cooled on sheet for 5. Made about 70 cookies. They turned out crispy and crinkly and just perfect!

Kaia123's Review

December 20, 2010
After rolling the dough into 3 logs, wrapping in wax paper and sticking in the freezer for a couple hours, I followed another reviewers advice and cut into 1 inch blocks, rolled into balls & then rolled in coarse sugar. I baked for 11 minutes and cooled on tray for 5. Could NOT spend $15 for 2 Tbs of Cardamom (did everyone else really???) so omitted the spice and the cookies were still fantastic!

hmbkiki's Review

December 08, 2010
Absolutely delicious! I chilled the dough for about 2 hours and it worked well, and I baked them for 12 minutes and they are definitely crispy. Yum! I can't wait to share them! Try Trader Joe's for crystallized ginger if you can - $1.49 for 8 oz.