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Ginger Snap
Ginger nut biscuits made by Arnott's Biscuits
Alternative namesGinger nut, ginger biscuit
Main ingredientsPowdered ginger, spices (commonly cinnamon and nutmeg)

A gingersnap,[1] ginger snap, ginger nut,[2] or ginger biscuit is a biscuit flavoured with ginger. Ginger snaps are flavoured with powdered ginger and a variety of other spices, most commonly cinnamon, molasses[3] and clove.[4] There are many recipes.[5] The brittle ginger nut style is a commercial version of the traditional fairings once made for market fairs now represented only by the Cornish fairing.[citation needed]

Global terminology


Ginger nuts are not to be confused with pepper nuts, which are a variety of gingerbread, somewhat smaller in diameter, but thicker. In 2009, McVitie's Ginger Nuts were listed as the tenth most popular biscuit in the UK to dunk into tea.[6]

Ginger nuts are the most sold biscuit in New Zealand, normally attributed to its tough texture which can withstand dunking into liquid. Leading biscuit manufacturer Griffin's estimates 60 million of them are produced each year. This has become the title of a book, 60 Million Gingernuts, a chronicle of New Zealand records.[7][8][9] In Australia, Arnott's Biscuits manufactures four different regional varieties of ginger nut to suit the tastes of people in different states.[10]

In Canada and the United States, the cookies are usually referred to as ginger snaps. Further, they are generally round drop cookies, usually between 18 and 14 inch (3–6 mm) thick, with prominent cracks in the top surface.[citation needed]

Northern European-style ginger nuts

Northern European ginger nuts, also called ginger bread or brunkage in Danish (literally, 'brown cookie'), pepparkakor in Swedish, piparkakut in Finnish, piparkūkas in Latvian,[11] piparkoogid in Estonian and pepperkaker in Norwegian (literally, 'pepper cakes'), are rolled quite thin (often under 3 mm (0.12 in) thick), and cut into shapes; they are smooth and are usually much thinner and hence crisper (and in some cases, more strongly flavoured) than most global varieties. Cloves, cinnamon and cardamom are important ingredients of these, and the actual ginger taste is not prominent. Allspice and cloves have been used to season ginger biscuits.[12]

See also



  1. ^ "gingersnap". Merriam-Webster online dictionary. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "ginger nut". Oxford Living Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on September 25, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ginger Snaps - Grandma's Molasses". Grandma’s Molasses. Archived from the original on 2022-10-28. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  4. ^ Dodge, Abigail Johnson (Winter 2006). "Ginger Gives Delicious Warmth to Cookies: Ginger Snaps". Fine Cooking. No. 75. Taunton Press. p. 47. ISSN 1072-5121.
  5. ^ "Soft and chewy ginger nuts". Allrecipes. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  6. ^ "Chocolate digestive is nation's favourite dunking biscuit". The Telegraph. 2 May 2009
  7. ^ "FAQs | Griffin's". www.griffins.co.nz. Archived from the original on 2016-04-05. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  8. ^ Janssen, Peter (2012-07-31). 60 Million Gingernuts: A Book of New Zealand Records. Hachette New Zealand. ISBN 9781869712884.
  9. ^ "Gingernuts 250g | Griffin's". www.griffins.co.nz. Archived from the original on 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  10. ^ Fejer, Lish; Travers, Penny (20 May 2017). "Ginger nut: The Aussie biscuit favourite that varies across the country". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  11. ^ Akis, Eric (2 December 2012). "Gingery cookies come in many variations". Times Colonist. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  12. ^ Mattila, Anna-Liisa: Piparikirja. Jyväskylä: Atena, 2001. ISBN 951-796-263-0.