Dani Collin’s Favorite Gingersnaps Recipe - Aka ‘Reindeer Poops’

Best Ever Sugar Cookies –
This recipe is from my mother-in-law. It was my husband’s favorite (after shortbread.) We used it for years with our kids.
The cookies pictured are actual cookies baked and decorated by my daughter and son before they both left home.
We’re empty-nesters now, but they’ll be home for the holidays. And this year, my niece and nephew will be visiting from Australia. They’re 5 and 7. We’ll be digging up the cookie cutters and decorating nibs. I can’t wait!

Gingersnaps – also known as Reindeer Poops

Cream together:

1 c. butter or margarine
1 ½ c. white sugar


2 beaten eggs
1 c. molasses

In a separate bowl, sift together:

4 c. flour
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp all spice

Stir dry ingredients into molasses mixture.
Roll a small amount into a approx. 1” (2.5 cm)
Dip one side of ball into a bowl of white sugar, then set it sugar side up on a greased cookie sheet. (Or use parchment paper.)
DO NOT PRESS. Cookies will flatten while cooking to a nice circle.

Bake at 350F for approx. 15 minutes. They will crack on top when they are done and the sugar will sparkle. Cool on a wire rack. Try not to eat in one sitting. Yum!

It’s always a toss-up for me whether I prefer shortbread or gingersnaps. I’ve never found the prefect shortbread recipe, but this particular Gingersnap recipe has been my favorite for about twenty years.
When the kids were little, we made them every year and they loved it when I called them reindeer poops. That’s only when they’re raw. Once cooked, they’re so pretty, they look like bought cookies.

I hope you enjoy them!

About Dani Collins

Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with some laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. Mostly she writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, but her backlist of forty books also includes self-published erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing. She lives in Christina Lake, BC with her high school sweetheart husband who occasionally coaxes her out of her attic office to visit their grown children—or travel.

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Eager for a home-style Christmas while she considers a career shift, Kristen Benz leaps on the temporary job at Mistletoe Chalet. Soon she’s wrapping presents, trimming the tree, and helping her new boss’s tween daughter plan a Christmas Eve vow renewal for her parents. The holiday is imbued with a magical glow—especially when Kristen’s high school sweetheart appears on the doorstep.

After years of medical school, Finn Garrett has promised his parents he’ll be home for the holidays. His detour to see his first love is supposed to provide closure, not rekindle their long-ago romance.

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  1. Hello, thanks for sharing the recipe. The cookies sound delicious. I will see if I can find the book. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day! Have a great weekend!

    1. thanks you Eileen! I think the book is only on kindle or you have to order the print on demand through Amazon. cheers!

  2. Yummy! The book sounds interesting.

  3. Thanks for the recipes, they look excellent. Very interesting book read also.

  4. Oh those cookies look delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Hugs Diane

    1. my pleasure! I hope you try them and enjoy them, Diane. :)

  5. The kids' cookies look wondrous and so does your cover.

    1. Thanks Sandra. The kids always had a great time. And yes, my publisher does amazing covers. cheers!

  6. I'm always on the lookout for great cookie recipes, so thanks for sharing these. I can't wait to try them!

    1. I hope you enjoy them Suzanne (from a writerish libra) ;)

  7. Your cookies sound so good, we have been dieting staying away from goodies but we may have to have something special for the holidays, enjoy your time with family over the holidays!

    1. Good for you for being healthy! And thank you Connie. I'm very excited. :)

  8. Yes, the kids will love these cookies. I would love to munch on these but have to cut down on sugar.

    1. I hear you, Nancy! I have a terrible sweet tooth and when there are cookies in the house I can't leave them alone. thanks for dropping by.

  9. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Your kids did a great job in decorating the sugar cookies!

  10. this recipe sounds so yummy! i love ginger snaps- thank you for sharing!!!

  11. This such a delightful recipe my friend ,ginger is in my favorite and here it is permanent part of daily dishes

    i would definitely try this delicious looking cookies :)

    i am happy for you that your precious kids and niece and nephew are coming to stay with you!
    family reunions are something most beautiful times in this world for specially empty nesters
    hope you enjoying there company and best wishes for Christmas preparations!

  12. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks yummy! The book sounds sweet as well. Congratulations on the release of this new book!

  13. the cookies look delicious. thank you for sharing recipe.
    greeting- evi erlinda


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