Gingersnaps are the popular snack based American biscuit which is flavored with ginger. Gingersnaps are known by various names such as Ginger biscuits and Ginger nuts in other parts of the world. In reality gingersnaps are improvised version of gingerbread cookies. Gingersnaps are normally prepared as round shaped cookies. Gingersnaps are mostly prepared in varying thickness. In US and UK this thickness varies between 3mm and 6mm. In Scandinavia gingersnaps or pepparkakor are also known as ginger thins. These ginger thins are rolled thin and are even crispier than their American counterparts. The pepparkakor are often prepared in decorative shapes and spiced than their American counterparts. In America the gingersnaps are prepared with prominent cracks on the top. Gingersnaps are so called because they are snap to make.
History of Gingersnaps
The history of gingersnaps goes back to the Lebkuchen (German Gingerbread) which was first prepared by medieval monks in Franconia, Germany during the early 13th century. There are mentions of existence of lebkuchen bakers - in Ulm in 1296, and Nurnberg in 1395. These lebkuchens can taste from spicy, salty to sweet.
Ingredients prescribed by Gingersnaps Recipes
Normally molasses, brown sugar, and ground spices (cloves, ginger and cinnamon) are used in the preparation of gingersnaps. The gingersnaps turn crispier when they are baked for longer time. There are people who might be allergic to ginger for them the gingersnap cookies are prepared sans ginger using some other spices such as mace, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Serving and Eating Gingersnaps
Gingersnaps add flavor to celebrations. If offered as a snack then gingersnaps is enjoyed with tea, hot chocolate, coffee or glass of milk. Gingersnaps and caramel sauce are used to flavorise frozen yoghurts and ice creams. Similarly gingersnaps are used to flavorise puddings (vanilla, rice, chocolate, butterscotch, and tapioca). The gingersnaps are also added to pie-crust during the preparation of gingersnaps.
Variations of Gingersnaps
- Pepparkkakor: These are the popular Swedish gingersnaps which are served during Christmas. They can be prepared crispy, brown, plain or decorated.
- Soft Gingersnap cookie: Normally gingersnaps are prepared crispy and are more popularly used as snack or dipping. The soft gingersnaps are normally served as sweet or treat. These soft gingersnap cookies are rolled in sugar for enhanced sweeter flavor. Real ginger is used in the preparation of soft gingersnap cookies.
Health and Nutrition Facts Related to Gingersnaps
Gingersnaps are low in calories and are mostly preferred for health reasons. The gingersnaps are good for people who suffer from nausea, and other digestive maladies.
Miscellaneous Facts About Gingersnaps
- The National Gingersnap Day is celebrated on July 1. There are no apparent reasons for celebrating National Gingersnap Day, but Americans perceive the date as wonderful excuse to enjoy their Gingersnaps.