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Easy Gingernut Biscuits (Ginger Snaps)

With their crisp texture and sweet flavor, these Easy Gingernut Biscuits are ideal for dipping in hot coffee or tea, and with only 6 ingredients, you’ll soon have the comforting aroma of homemade ginger snaps wafting throughout your home!

Easy gingernut biscuits displayed on white marble board next to small bowl of ground ginger

With just a few simple ingredients, you’re able to whip up a batch of homemade gingernuts, aka ginger snaps, in just 30 minutes!

Like my Chai Spiced and Pumpkin Spice Cookies, gingernut biscuits’ spicy-sweet aroma will fill your kitchen with that warm and comforting aroma.

With their signature gingery flavor and crunchy texture, there’s no denying that gingernuts have a certain irresistible charm.

Just like there is no denying the charm of Gooey Caramel Stuff Cookies.

As you take your first bite, you’re greeted with a spicy kick of ginger that’s balanced by the richness of the molasses.

The combination of flavors is nothing short of delightful, and it’s no wonder that gingernut biscuits have been a favorite in households around the world for generations.

Gingernut biscuits with bite taken out stacked together

🍪 Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Easy and quick recipe
  • Kid-friendly activity
  • Budget-friendly ingredients
  • Warm and cozy aroma
  • Crunchy and satisfying texture
  • Perfect for beginners

These are comparable to store-bought gingernut biscuits with their thin shape and crunchy texture.

Like my easy cardamom cookies or my cinnamon cookies, using just one spice allows for a simple yet flavorful recipe.

If you enjoy simple cookie recipes with lots of flavor, my mocha cookies are for chocolate and coffee lovers.

If you enjoy creating your own homemade renditions of beloved classics such as Kingston biscuits, iced vovo’s or melting moment cookies, you’ll find these gingernuts to be absolutely delightful and satisfying.

Easy gingernut biscuits displayed on white marble board next to small bowl of ground ginger

🍽 Serving Suggestions

  • Tea time treat: Enjoy your gingernut biscuits with a cup of tea or coffee for a classic tea time treat. The spicy ginger flavor pairs well with the warm and comforting flavors of these beverages.
  • Ice cream sandwich: Simply sandwich a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor between two gingernut biscuits for a delicious and refreshing dessert.
  • Dessert topping: Crumble a couple of biscuits over vanilla ice cream or fresh fruit for a crunchy and flavorful dessert topping.
  • Gift or party favors: Package your biscuits in a decorative box or jar and give them as a gift or party favor. They make a great hostess gift, teacher gift, or holiday treat.
  • Charcuterie board: Include gingernut biscuits on a charcuterie board for a sweet gingery addition. Pair them with cheese, fruit, nuts, and other treats.

📋 Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

Ingredients to make gingernut biscuits is all-purpose flour, salted butter, brown sugar, ground ginger, molasses and egg.
  • All-purpose flour: Is also known as plain flour in Australia. This recipe has not been tested using gluten-free flour.
  • Ground ginger: If you don’t have ginger, substitute with ground cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg or cloves as an alternative to gingernut biscuits. Keep in mind to reduce the quantity of any extra spices as some can be too pungent.
  • Salted butter: Make sure it’s cubed and chilled before adding it to the recipe.
  • Brown sugar: Use regular light brown sugar. This recipe has not been tested using dark brown sugar or coconut sugar.
  • Egg: Use one large egg. I don’t recommend substituting the egg as a vegan-friendly alternative.
  • Molasses: This can be substituted with the same amount of golden syrup. However, the flavor profile will be different.

🥣 Step By Step Instructions (with photos)

There is a full and detailed recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step one: Whisk together the flour and ginger in a large mixing bowl. 

Whisking together flour and ground ginger in mixing bowl

Step two: Add cubed butter and rub it into the flour using your hands for about 1 minute until it resembles a coarse crumb. 

Rubbing cubed butter into flour mixture to coarse crumbs

Step three: Stir through the brown sugar. 

Mixing brown sugar into flour and butter mixture

Step four: In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and molasses. 

Whisking together egg and molasses in small bowl

Step five: Pour the egg and molasses mixture into the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. 

Mixing through egg and molasses mixture to create biscuit dough

Step six: Pick up one tablespoon of dough and roll it into a smooth ball. Place on the lined baking sheet and press it down into a thick disc using the palm of your hand. 

Step seven: Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden around the edges and the biscuits come off easily from the parchment paper. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Biscuits formed and flattened into discs on lined baking sheet

💭 Expert Tips

  • Rub the butter into flour: Until coarse crumbs form, resembling wet sand.
  • Press biscuits into flat discs: Using the palm of your hand, flatten the biscuits while they sit on the baking sheet.
  • Biscuits are ready when they come away from the parchment paper: They’ll easily lift off and peel away from the paper when they’re done.
Biscuits displayed on white marble board next to small bowl of ground ginger

⏲️ Storage Instructions

Store in an airtight container, at room temperature, for 1 week – 10 days.

To freeze ginger nut biscuits, cool them completely after baking and freeze them on a tray without touching each other until solid. Then transfer them to a sealed Tupperware container with parchment paper layers between or use freezer zip lock bags. Label with the date and store for up to 3 months.

To thaw the frozen biscuits, remove them from their container/bag and place them on a plate at room temperature for several hours, or leave them in their container/bag and thaw them in the fridge overnight.

Close up of one biscuit sitting on top of more biscuits

💬 Recipe FAQ’s

Can I make these gluten-free?

You can try using a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend perfect for baking, such as a 1:1 flour blend. I have not tested this recipe myself using gluten-free flour.

Are gingernut biscuits and gingersnaps the same?

Yes, Gingernuts, Ginger Snaps, and Ginger Biscuits typically refer to the same type of biscuit or cookie, which is flavored with ginger.

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Homemade gingernut biscuits displayed on white marble board next to small bowl of ground ginger

Easy Gingernut Biscuits (Ginger Snaps)

Samantha Pickthall
These Easy Gingernut Biscuits are crunchy, sweet, and perfect for dunking. With just 6 ingredients, you'll have easy homemade Ginger Snaps!
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Australian
Servings 20 biscuits
Calories 142 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour, scooped & leveled
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 125 g salted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp molasses

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC (356ºF). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and ginger.
  • Add cubed butter and rub it into the flour using your hands for about 1 minute until it resembles a coarse crumb.
  • Stir through brown sugar with a wooden spoon.
  • In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and molasses.
  • Pour the egg and molasses mixture into the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  • To form biscuits, pick up one tablespoon of dough and roll into a smooth ball. Place on lined baking sheet and press it down into a thick disc using the palm of your hand.
  • Repeat with remaining dough leaving a small gap between each biscuit to allow for spreading, about 5cm (1 inch).
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden around the edges and biscuits come off easily from the parchment paper.
  • Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container, at room temperature, for 1 week – 10 days.
 
  • To freeze biscuits, allow them to cool down completely, freeze them on a tray individually, and then transfer them to a sealed container or freezer bag with parchment paper layers between them. Label and store for up to 3 months.
 
  • To thaw frozen biscuits, either leave them on a plate at room temperature for several hours or thaw them overnight in the fridge while still in their container or bag.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 47mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 168IUVitamin C: 0.002mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword ginger, gingernuts
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First published in November 2018, this recipe was updated in November 2023 to include new step-by-step images, expert recommendations, storage guidelines and more.

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