Start preheating your oven and get ready for an iconic holiday classic kicked up a notch. I have the original Gingerbread Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe straight from Gaylord Opryland Resort’s Executive Pastry Chef, David Schwab.
Opryland Gingerbread Snickerdoodle Cookies
Let me confess two things right off the bat:
- I don’t like gingerbread.
- I never heard of gingerbread snickerdoodles until now.
So when I heard we were going to make gingerbread snickerdoodle cookies on my 2022 Christmas Special, I had my doubts. After all, I pride myself on being authentic and transparent. So how was I going to share something on-air I didn’t like?
But after one bite of these warm, spiced cookies rolled completely in cinnamon and sugar fresh out of the oven, I was converted!
The Secret Ingredient to Gingerbread Snickerdoodles: Molasses
These cookies start with many of the ingredients you’d expect: eggs, flour, sugar, and butter. However, some ingredients make it unique, like ginger, cinnamon, and the secret ingredient, molasses.
I’ve heard these called ginger molasses snickerdoodles as well. But let’s just call them what they really are: gingerbread snickerdoodles. It amazes me how just a half cup of molasses and a couple of tablespoons of “warm” spices can transform this classic cookie.
Opryland’s Gingerbread Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
- 5 1/8 cups All-purpose Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
- 2 Tbsp Ground Ginger
- 1 3/4 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1 1/2 cups Butter ( Unsalted at room temperature)
- 1/2 cup Molasses
- 1 3/4 cups Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, ginger cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl.
- Using a mixer (preferably a stand mixer), cream together the butter and sugar until creamy (about 1-2 minutes). Then add in molasses while mixer is still running.
- Once molasses is incorporated into butter and sugar, add the eggs one at a time, allowing each to fully incorporate into mixture before adding the next.
- Add flour mixture and only mix until incorporated (mix by hand so as not to overwork the dough).
- Scoop with a small melon scoop and roll in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
- Press onto parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 12-24 minutes at 350 degrees.
The chef recommends chilling dough overnight in the refrigerator before baking.
Ingredient list above does not account for extra cinnamon and sugar needed to roll dough in before baking.
Gaylord Opryland Pastry Team Fun Facts
Gaylord Opryland’s Chef David Schwab leads a pastry team of 16 STARS (employees). Over the holidays they will serve thousands of guests with cookies, cakes, pies, doughnuts, and unique sweet creations. (The chef said their cheesecake is his favorite, but it’s also like asking him to pick a favorite child!).
Just to give you a small idea of how much goes into creating all those holiday treats, check out these pastry fun facts from the resort:
Amount of ingredients used during A Country Christmas
- Flour: 15,000 pounds
- Sugar: 10,000 pounds
- Butter: 5,400 pounds
- Chocolate: 5,000 pounds
- Approximate number of cookies served: 32,000!
What delicious treats do you hope to find throughout the resort during your next visit?
Visiting Gaylord Opryland Resort at Christmas
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