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Ginger Snaps And More

After last week's installment of "Calling All Chefs" — Weekend Edition's recurring recipe contest — many of you wrote in asking for more information about a recipe for ginger snaps, which we mentioned only in passing on the air.

You can now find Patty Morgan's recipe for chewy ginger snaps below, along with the recipes for all four finalists here on our site. Morgan notes that she tried for years to recreate her parents' cookies. But her mother never told her the last secret until she was "literally on her deathbed."

And so, by popular demand, here is Patty Morgan's recipe:

Winnie & Jerry's Chewy Ginger Snaps

— 0.75 cup shortening
— 0.5 cup brown sugar
— 0.5 cup sugar
— 0.25 cup molasses (plus a little extra)
— 1 egg
— 2.25 cups sifted all-purpose flour
— 2 teaspoons baking soda
— 0.5 teaspoon salt
— 1 teaspoon ground ginger*
— 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
— 0.5 teaspoon ground cloves

*For more ginger flavor, you can add crystallized ginger.


— Cream shortening, sugar, molasses and egg until fluffy
— Sift together flour, soda, salt, and spices
— Stir into molasses mixture
— Form into balls and roll in bowl of sugar
— Place on greased cookie sheet
— Bake in 375 degree oven and remove before they look done

Again, thanks to all who submitted recipes. We've picked our winners, but there were so many excellent entries. If you'd like to keep sharing your ginger recipes, please do! Post your recipes below.