Snack Review: Murray Old Fashioned Gingersnaps
With November half over, it won’t soon be long until we transition from talk of pumpkins, apples, and turkey and start to embrace the culinary odyssey which is cookie season. And while it’s hard to say ‘no’ to my Grandma’s homemade pitzels or my Dad’s best imitation of anything made by Sara Foster, those treats aren’t readily available in a dorm room. Wanting something a bit different from the usual assortment of “Chips Ahoy” type cookies and overbaked (not to mention much-too-sweet) oatmeal raisen cookies found in the dining halls, I decided to snag a bag of a true “Oldie but a Goodie” in Murray’s Old Fashioned Gingersnaps while at the store the other day.
Murray Old Fashioned Gingersnaps take you back to days gone by…This tasty, crispy, authentic ginger cookie is the perfect refreshment with an ice-cold glass of milk or as a warm-up on a cool day with a hot cup of coffee…
I have to admit I’ve always had a soft spot for gingersnaps, although I rarely enjoy them. Apparently they’re a somewhat more difficult cookie to bake than your standard chocolate chip or sugar cookie, and for that reason I can’t say I remember having a really good “homemade” gingersnap as described by the bag. Likewise, they’re not readily carried in stores and can be tough to find on sale, which made me all the more giddy to purchase the pound bag for a very reasonable $1.68.
These cookies are about the size of vanilla wafers and have a nice, hard consistency. They’re dense, and have a great snap if you choose to bite right into them. I on the other hand like to savor my gingersnaps, as the combination of spice and molasses seems only conducive to letting the cookie melt in your mouth. For being such a small cookie, these really are packed with good flavor. As many of you know, I tend not to mind ingredients like HFCS or even partially hydrogenated oils, but I will say that the ‘simple’ ingredient approach of these cookies — to include sugar, molasses, and ginger — lends to a genuinely home-style feel. A good ginger snap is not overly sweet and these certainly weren’t, yet they maintained that almost top-of-your-mouth sweetness that you’d find in a milled wine or cider. The taste of ginger is pronounced, but the size of the cookie keeps it in check in relation to the molasses.
I might be a simpleton when it comes to cookies (after all, I consider ‘Nilla Wafers and Animal Crackers among my go-to cookie items) but when it comes to Murray’s take on this classic, you really can’t go wrong. They’re a great treat that are perfect for fall, have enough sophistication and sweetness to please adults and kids alike. And who knows, they really might just take you back to days gone by.
Pros: Great balance of spice and sweetness with authentic molasses flavor.
Cons: Portion Control issues. Yea, holding yourself to the five cookie serving can get a little tough :)
Price: $1.68 on sale
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10
More Info: Murray-Cookies.com
Serving Size: 5 cookies
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Total Carbs: 22g
Fiber: Less than 1g