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Best storebought gingersnap cookie? (moved from Home Cooking board)

MaggieRSN Nov 23, 2007 06:09 PM

For coffee?

For baking (e.g., piecrusts)?

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    LJS RE: MaggieRSN Nov 23, 2007 06:24 PM

    I love the one's IKEA imports from Sweden. They are called Anna's and come in about 4 different flavours, including the best gingersnaps I have ever tasted. They made a terrific crust for an apple-cream pie.

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      piccola RE: LJS Nov 24, 2007 10:38 AM

      I was just going to mention these! Incidentally, how do you make the apple-cream pie?

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        Eric in NJ RE: LJS Nov 24, 2007 11:28 AM

        Our A&P has what they call Spiced Wafers (taste like G'Snaps to me) by a company called Sweetzels. We've bought about 6 boxes they are that good.

        1. re: Eric in NJ
          LadyTron RE: Eric in NJ Dec 9, 2010 01:04 AM

          Yeah Sweetzels Spiced wafers are really good. We always had a box of them in the house when we were kids.

          I was thinking of using them to make a pie crust. It would be so good with a chocolate torte or pumpkin pie.

        2. re: LJS
          btnfood RE: LJS Nov 24, 2007 08:51 PM

          I second Anna's -they are superb for eating and piecrusts.

          My supermarket backup brand is Stauffer's, which I find much more spicy and crisp than other brands.

          1. re: btnfood
            roma_girl RE: btnfood Nov 25, 2007 04:45 PM

            Annas can sometimes be found at Costco I believe. I think I've seen them in our Seattle store.

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              smartie RE: roma_girl Nov 26, 2007 04:59 PM

              they ought to have Anna's at Ikea if you have one near you.

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                BobB RE: smartie Dec 3, 2007 08:56 AM

                Some Shaw's supermarkets sell them here in Boston.

          2. re: LJS
            justagthing RE: LJS Dec 4, 2007 09:33 PM

            Oddly enough I saw Anna's at Big Lots/Pic N' Save.

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              Ellen RE: LJS Dec 8, 2007 01:12 PM

              I looove Annas. I found them at Big Lots for $1 a box.

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              weezycom RE: MaggieRSN Nov 23, 2007 07:03 PM

              Trader Joe's makes a great mini gingersnap that almost burns the tongue, it's so gingery.

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                KingsKetz RE: MaggieRSN Nov 23, 2007 07:55 PM

                If that's Trader Joe's triple gingersnap - dried ginger, grated ginger AND crystallized ginger - I'll agree. It's fabulous!

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                  LindaWhit RE: KingsKetz Nov 25, 2007 06:21 AM

                  Agreed - hands down, the Triple Gingersnap from TJs are the best I've tasted. I've gotten many people addicted to them. While I haven't done it, these cookies would be fabulous ground up and used for a gingersnap crust.

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                    sweetTooth RE: LindaWhit Nov 26, 2007 04:23 PM

                    Hear hear! I love TJs Triple Gingersnaps too and yes, have gotten family addicted to them.

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                      maria lorraine RE: sweetTooth Dec 3, 2007 02:01 AM

                      This is my vote.

                      I've sampled widely, baked Triple-Ginger Cookies, and when I first had a few of these TJ Triple-Ginger Cookies (each one is about the size of a quarter), it was like falling in love. I ate far too many over the next few days.

                      Will admit I also love the very thin Moravian Ginger Cookies, from near Winston Salem, that come in a tube. But they are a bit pricey and precious. But very spicy -- a good thing.

                      1. re: sweetTooth
                        Gingerleen RE: sweetTooth Dec 12, 2007 03:03 PM

                        TJs also has a Gluten-Free Ginger Snap that's pretty good too.

                    2. re: KingsKetz
                      kathyyl RE: KingsKetz Dec 9, 2007 12:56 PM

                      Because of this thread alone: I went out to the TJ's in NYC's Union Square, waited in the crazy holiday lines for half and hour just to get a box of these gingersnaps...and omg, they're soooo worth it! hehe. Bite-size (a real danger in my opinion, cause you end up eating more!), and crunchy all the way though, the ginger flavour is predominate front and center, I loved biting into the crystallized pieces!

                      I wiped out the whole container over the course of three hours...
                      ...now I'll have to go wait in line again tomorrow ;)

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                        sweetTooth RE: kathyyl Dec 12, 2007 01:06 PM

                        I hope you're not going to waste a rare and painful trip to TJs just for a box of (amazing as they are) triple ginger cookies. May I recommend that you also grab these while you're at it:

                        Scan their delectable range of boxed chocolates, truffles. Ask about those that are only available around the holidays. TJs boxed chocolates are much cheaper than say Godiva or Leonidas and just as satisfying.
                        Fruit and Nut Loaf - this is delicious spread liberally with some Mascarpone
                        Orange Dundee Marmalade
                        Various candied or spiced nuts
                        Ok, I'll stop.. I might be going off-topic. But please... ..don't get just a box of cookies at TJs! :)

                    3. oakjoan RE: MaggieRSN Nov 23, 2007 08:12 PM

                      My favorite gingersnap is made by McVitties. I think it's called a "ginger biscuit". It's made in Europe, I think, and comes ina blue and orange-wrapped tube-shaped package. I have seen it at both a sort of snooty local grocery that has an "English Food" section (mostly awful stuff) and at a local Indian market. I think they're popular in India since being introduced by the Brits.

                      The wafers are verrrry crispy and quite hot and spicy. I love them. I think they're popular because they can stand up to being dipped into tea.

                      They also make great pie crust. I think I also have found them at Cost Plus.

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                        MaggieRSN RE: oakjoan Nov 23, 2007 10:34 PM

                        Thank you, everybody. I think I'm going to have a little gingersnap challenge, right here in my kitchen, when I sit down with my coffee, and test out your favorite brands. I love ginger any time, any form, with most every food I can think of. All of these you've mentioned sound delicious, and I don't think I've ever seen any of them. So I'd better check them out. ;-)

                        1. re: MaggieRSN
                          twh1475 RE: MaggieRSN Nov 24, 2007 05:35 PM

                          Sweetzels makes gingersnaps and spiced wafers, I think the spiced are better. If you can't find in your area here's their info :
                          Sweetzels Cookies
                          Skippack, PA 19474
                          For Mail Orders: 1-800-545-4891

                          PS - You said you really like ginger have you tried Ginger Altoids?? very intense!


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                            MaggieRSN RE: twh1475 Nov 24, 2007 06:11 PM

                            Thanks, Tim! You can bet I'll be checking that one out. They know how to do these things right in Pennsylvania. ;-)

                            No, I like peppermint Altoids, but I haven't seen the ginger yet! I'll be looking for those!

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                              Anne H RE: twh1475 Nov 30, 2007 02:08 PM

                              I'll second the Ginger Altoids. Really really good, a little hard to find.

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                                twh1475 RE: Anne H Dec 3, 2007 07:01 PM

                                Haven't seen them lately, hope they aren't discontinued!!!! Think I last bought at Target?


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                                  Uncle Ira RE: twh1475 Dec 4, 2007 07:15 AM

                                  I keep seeing magazine ads for the Ginger Altoids but I've never been able to find them in any stores, anywhere. I’d love to give them a try....

                                  Uncle Ira

                                  1. re: Uncle Ira
                                    twh1475 RE: Uncle Ira Jan 27, 2008 06:28 PM

                                    Hey Uncle Ira,
                                    I haven't seen the Ginger Altoids lately, but I did find Newman's Own Organic Ginger Mints and Cinnnamon Mints, both are really good, found in the Organic/Health Foods section of grocery store. Come in little metal tins just like Altoids.


                          2. re: oakjoan
                            smartie RE: oakjoan Nov 25, 2007 09:55 AM

                            ooh McVities Ginger Snaps. My Brit section doesn't sell them, only the milk chocolate and regular digestives and occasionally Rich Tea biccies which are great for dunking.
                            Those McVities Ginger Snaps make the best cheesecake base ever.

                            1. re: oakjoan
                              benhalterci RE: oakjoan May 12, 2008 07:35 AM

                              Those biscuits are by McVities and are called Ginger Nobs. I always bring a pack back with me whenever I go home to the UK. Along with Rich Tea and HobNobs our biscuits are the envy of the world:))

                            2. ThisNThat RE: MaggieRSN Nov 24, 2007 04:56 PM

                              Do you have Cost Plus World Market where you live? They have a huge round tin (red) filled with gingersnaps like Anna's, but maybe even a little spicier. They are nice with coffee -very delicate. I haven't baked with them. It's quite a deal - about $9.99 but the tin is HUGE. Enjoy!

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                                MaggieRSN RE: ThisNThat Nov 24, 2007 05:19 PM

                                I really don't know whether we do, This... I'm a fairly recent transplant from another part of the state. But I'll check the yellow pages. Those sound good; I like delicate, thin, crispy ones the best. I do have a favorite. I can't remember the brand, though. Something either Canadian or French. I know the package when I see it, though! Only one of the supermarkets around here carries it, and I'm not there very much.

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                                  Louisiana Lady RE: ThisNThat Dec 3, 2007 01:38 AM

                                  These Swedish Gingersnaps (Pepparkakor) you described are a favorite of mine to use in some of my Cheesecake Recipes. The crust pairs well with my Lemon-Marscarpone Cheesecake filling and Pumpkin-Walnut filling. At 30 calories for 6 cookies I also use them with my afternoon coffee-cookie break.

                                2. mamaciita RE: MaggieRSN Nov 28, 2007 02:01 PM

                                  My HARDCORE German father-in-law swears by the ones he buys at the Family Dollar.

                                  1. spicedish RE: MaggieRSN Nov 29, 2007 10:29 AM

                                    The TJ's triple ginger are great (I crumble them and put them in homemade ginger ice cream) they also have a great gluten free ginger snap that is a little more mellow and works great for crusts.

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                                      anzu RE: spicedish Nov 30, 2007 01:00 PM

                                      If you have a Whole Foods near you that has a bulk section, I'm addicted to the ones that they have in the bulk bins section (in Palo Alto) for $4.99 a pound. They are also triple ginger cookies, similar to the one at TJs, but imo, with a more intense ginger flavor. It has a piece of crystalized ginger in it. I also like it, b/c I can get as little (or as much) as I want. I need to get some to mix in with pumpkin to make a ravioli filling. . ..

                                    2. Caroline1 RE: MaggieRSN Dec 1, 2007 07:34 AM

                                      Okay. You gotta promise not to laugh. The very best gingersnaps I have had in my adult life come from WalMart. Don't know the name, but they're super cheap and come in one of those paper bag packages. The way I tell which are the ones I want is by reading the ingredients. They are the ONLY gingersnaps I've ever seen that include black pepper in the recipe. Really exceptional.

                                      You can laugh now... :-)

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                                        btnfood RE: Caroline1 Dec 3, 2007 03:11 PM

                                        I think that those are the Stauffer's gingersnaps that I mentioned above ( I find them in Target). They are indeed exceptional and surprisingly spicy for such a mass-market item.

                                        1. re: btnfood
                                          twh1475 RE: btnfood Dec 3, 2007 06:59 PM

                                          Hey Caroline1 & btnfood,
                                          Yes those are from Stauffer's (lol..another Pennsylvania company), Same company that makes Chocolate Stars @ Christmas. They also make Lemon Snaps and Cinnamon Snaps. With all these cookie and snack food companies in PA it's a wonder that we pensylvanians don't weigh 300 ibs...LOL


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                                            MakingSense RE: twh1475 Dec 3, 2007 08:37 PM

                                            Add another one for Pennsylvania - Ivins Famous Spiced Wafers carried by the Acme stores, the Albertson's in the Delmarva region on the East Coast.
                                            Ivins have been around for more than 100 years in Eastern PA. The company went out of business briefly, was bought by somebody and now seems to be owned by Albertson's. They only make them for a few months each year. Terrific, spicy, not sweet. We stock up before they're gone until the next Fall.

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                                              LadyTron RE: MakingSense Dec 9, 2010 07:36 AM

                                              Oh yeah, Ivan's are great, too! I can never remember the name of them. I just know to look for the orange and black packaging which will either bring me to Sweetzels or Ivan's.

                                        2. re: Caroline1
                                          maria lorraine RE: Caroline1 Dec 3, 2007 04:44 PM

                                          Black pepper in gingersnaps sounds fantastic. I've only come across that once before.
                                          Sounds like it would contribute to the ginger zinginess without registering as pepper.
                                          Even white pepper.

                                          Anyone, Caroline1, have a recipe?

                                          1. re: maria lorraine
                                            btnfood RE: maria lorraine Dec 3, 2007 06:05 PM

                                            Maida Heatter is notorious for using black pepper in her baked goods. I would consult her books as she has quite a few gingersnap recipes.

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                                              maria lorraine RE: btnfood Dec 8, 2007 09:51 PM

                                              That was a good guess, btnfood. Recipe link below.

                                          2. re: Caroline1
                                            Caroline1 RE: Caroline1 Dec 4, 2007 06:39 AM

                                            Thanks to everyone who is trying to help me track down the gingersnaps with black pepper. I'm looking!! Besides tasting fantastic, I *intended* to use some of them for sauerbraten, but alas, I didn't stop muching in time. When I find them again, I'll sock up!

                                            1. re: Caroline1
                                              maria lorraine RE: Caroline1 Dec 8, 2007 09:51 PM

                                              Here's Maida Heatter's recipe for gingersnaps that uses black pepper:

                                              And here's Chez Panisse's gingersnap recipe, also with black pepper:

                                              1. re: maria lorraine
                                                Caroline1 RE: maria lorraine Dec 9, 2007 01:45 AM

                                                Thanks, Maria Lorraine! Just in time for Christmas baking.

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                                              kjmp RE: Caroline1 Aug 30, 2009 04:51 PM

                                              Does your WalMart still carry them? They are NOT Stouffer's. My Walmart had them up until about 7-8 months ago. I took the tag off the shelf to see if I could find who made them, but never could. I emailed WalMart, but no reply. They sold here in Texas for 1.29 a bag. They were so good. Let me know if your WalMart carries them. We have been on a search, and like the Anna ones, but they are pricy.

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                                              justagthing RE: MaggieRSN Dec 4, 2007 09:35 PM

                                              I miss the old Pogens gingersnaps. They use to be in the shapes of animals if I recall correctly. If anyone knows of something similar to that, fill me in.

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                                                mands917 RE: MaggieRSN Dec 4, 2007 09:42 PM

                                                I like Archway Gingersnaps in the bag at the grocery store. But specialty stores like Williams-Sonoma have wonderful Moravian Ginger Spice cookies.

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                                                  maria lorraine RE: mands917 Dec 4, 2007 10:16 PM

                                                  Yes, it's the Old Salem Moravian Ginger Spice cookies I referred to above.

                                                  My favorite ginger cookie for YEARS. But then TJs 3-Ginger Cookies came along,
                                                  and I found a new favorite.

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                                                  divamon RE: MaggieRSN Dec 6, 2007 12:19 PM

                                                  I love Peek Freans Ginger Crisps. They're very thin and crispy and really, really spicy. I also like the TJ's triple ginger cookies - SO GOOD!

                                                  1. Chew on That RE: MaggieRSN Dec 7, 2007 11:50 AM

                                                    Trader Joe's brand ginger snaps!!

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                                                      gourmetlouie RE: MaggieRSN Sep 23, 2009 10:09 PM

                                                      My wife and myself love Ivins Spiced Wafers available online from Aruntx Premium Shopping Marketplace. Ivins Spiced Wafers are a tasty treat.

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                                                        teacat RE: MaggieRSN May 17, 2011 01:37 PM

                                                        I'm very late responding, but as a lover of both ginger cookies and a good deal, I must recommend Dare Breaktime Ginger Cookies :P They have them at my Associated and Met supermarkets in Queens. They're 1.29 and well spiced. They're on the hard side but that means they're great for dipping and last longer. Hope you've found your perfect gingersnap =)

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