Mario Batali’s Recipe for Mrs. Bean’s Famous Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps

Still warm

From Fox Searchlight, recipe after the break.

 Recipe Courtesy of Mario Batali

•    1 1/2 cups unsalted butter

•    2 cups light brown sugar

•    1/2 cup molasses

•    2 eggs

•    3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

•    2 teaspoons ground ginger

•    1 teaspoons ground nutmeg

•    2 teaspoons cinnamon

•    4 teaspoons baking soda

•    1 teaspoon salt

•    pinch of ground clove

•    3 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated

•    1/2 cup candied ginger, finely chopped

•    1 ½ cups dried apple rings, coarsely chopped 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add molasses and eggs and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, clove and salt. Mix well with fork and add to butter mixture. Blend in fresh, candied ginger and dried apple pieces. Drop by teaspoonful onto parchment covered baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Place one whole apple ring in the center of each teaspoon. Bake about 10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool. Enjoy!

12 Replies to “Mario Batali’s Recipe for Mrs. Bean’s Famous Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps”

  1. These are brilliantly tasty and quite simple to make. I’m at altitude, but noticed no baking alterations were necessary. I sprinkled some coarse sugar on the top for some sparkle.
    They make an excellent breakfast snack.
    Thank you Mario Batali and Mrs. Bean.


  2. I love FMF – definitely a favorite. I tried this recipe, but the cookies were far too flat and gooey. I’d recommend adding a few more cups of flour.

  3. It is most definitely lacking in flour. The first half of the batch did not turn out at all. I then added about 1 cup of flour to the second half and they were perfect.

  4. I was brought here by reading an essay about Fantastic Mr Fox. My mother worked on this film and I wanted to say that she is the one who originally made and designed these cookies! I know, because I got to try them out. I wonder if Batali wrote this recipe after the film was made. I haven’t tried this version of the recipe, but I hope everyone enjoys their cookies!

    1. Aloha Sophie! Can you publish your Mom’s recipe? We want to make this but are wondering if the flour amount is correct (given the feedback from others).

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