🗓️ July 1
Today we’re here to celebrate the sweet and spicy aroma of a freshly baked gingersnap cookie.
So, put on your baking apron and get ready to spice up your life on July 1st, also known as Gingersnap Day.
What Makes the Gingersnap so Snappy?
First off, let’s get one thing straight: a gingersnap is not your average gingerbread cookie.
It’s the perfect blend of sweetness and spice, with a snap to its bite and a spicy kick to its flavor.
If a gingerbread cookie is the friendly neighbor who brings you cookies every Christmas, a gingersnap is the spicy friend with an attitude that says, “I’m not your run-of-the-mill treat, I’m a gingersnap, baby!”
In other words, it would be the James Dean of cookies.
What sets gingersnaps apart from other cookies is their spicy kick. Most cookies are either sweet or salty, but gingersnaps give your taste buds a little something extra.
Plus, they’re perfect for dunking in tea or coffee, making them the ultimate treat for any time of the day.
The Origin of Gingersnap Day
Now, you may be wondering where this holiday originated. Well, we did 3 minutes of research and found out that it was created by a mischievous group of gingerbread men who were tired of living in the shadow of their sweeter and more popular counterparts. Others say it was a clever marketing ploy by cookie companies to boost sales.
Whatever the reason, we’re glad it exists.
How to Celebrate Gingersnap Day
To celebrate Gingersnap Day, all you need is a batch of freshly baked cookies and a sense of adventure.
Whether you prefer to celebrate solo or with loved ones, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this holiday!
Here are some ideas:
You could start by baking a batch of gingersnap cookies with loved ones or even by yourself (we won’t judge). You can enjoy them with a cup of tea or even a spicy cocktail if you’re feeling daring.
For a low-key celebration, just bake a batch of cookies and enjoy them with your favorite beverage.
But if you want to go all out, throw a gingersnap-themed party!
Decorate with warm hues of orange and brown, play some spicy music, and offer a variety of ginger-infused treats and drinks.
Gingersnaps go well with a variety of drinks, but we recommend pairing them with a cup of hot tea or coffee.
The heat from the drink enhances the spicy flavor of the cookie, creating a perfect balance of sweetness and spice.
Safety Tips for Gingersnap Day
When celebrating Gingersnap Day, remember to always practice kitchen safety.
Use oven mitts when handling hot pans and be careful when using sharp knives.
If you plan on eating a lot of cookies, remember to take breaks and stretch your legs to avoid cramps.
And as always, keep any pets or small children away from the kitchen.
Gingersnap Day is spicy, it’s fun, and it’s a great excuse to bake some delicious cookies.
So, go ahead and indulge in a spicy treat that’s sure to tickle your taste buds.
And if anyone asks why you’re celebrating, just tell them Wild Calendar gave you permission.
Happy Gingersnap Day!
If you’re craving some devilishly delicious gingersnaps but don’t want to buy them from the store, we have a recipe for you that will probably work.
- 1 cup of sugar
- ¾ cup of butter
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup of molasses
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, the spicier the better
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ceylon or cassia? Smell before buying and get the one you like.
- ½ teaspoon of ground cloves, or half if you’re afraid it’ll be too strong
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy as a sweet buttery cloud.
- Beat in the egg and molasses.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, and mix until a dough forms.
- Roll the dough into small balls , and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned.
- Let them cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Enjoy with a glass of cold milk. Dairy or plant based, as long as it’s icy cold!
- If you want your gingersnaps to be extra devilish, roll the dough balls in sugar before baking.
- If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add some chopped crystallized ginger to the dough for a spicy surprise.
- These gingersnaps make excellent gifts for your demon minions, just be sure to label them with a warning sign: “Warning, these cookies may be rebellious!”
Good luck and happy baking!
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