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Soft and Chewy Ginger Snaps

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These Ginger Snap Cookies are soft and chewy with a crisp edge. An easy Christmas cookie recipe that are perfect for any holiday cookie spread, but great any time of year!

plate of ginger snap cookies

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Serve these Ginger Snap Cookies on a holiday table with Christmas Oreo Bon Bons, Slow Cooker Candied Almonds, and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

If you want to keep with the ginger theme, you could also pair it with an easy gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting!

stack of ginger snap cookies on buffalo plaid red plate

Do you go to holiday cookie exchanges? I always make cookies, but I’ve never been to an actual exchange. I feel like this ginger snaps recipe would make the perfect batch of cookies to swap.

I polled my friends asking their favorite holiday cookie to help me narrow down what I wanted to bake this weekend. I got a couple requests for cookies I’ve already shared but one friend suggested ginger snaps and this recipe came about.

I consulted a very old cookbook passed down from my grandma for a recipe and am thrilled with the results. A soft and chewy, spicy, holiday cookie that smells amazing when it’s baking in your kitchen.

GINGER SNAPS INGREDIENTS

  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar.
  • Butter – Unsalted, at room temperature.
  • Molasses – Baking molasses – usually light or “original”.
  • Egg – One large egg.
  • Flour – All-purpose white flour.
  • Baking Soda – To add rise.
  • Cinnamon – Use a good quality ceylon cinnamon.
  • Ginger – Ground ginger.
  • Cloves – Ground cloves.
  • Nutmeg – Ground nutmeg.
  • Salt – For balance.
spices, butter, and molasses laid out to make ginger snap cookies

HOW TO MAKE GINGER SNAP COOKIES

Making ginger snap cookies is surprisingly easy, but you do need to allow time for the dough to chill and come together.

STEP ONE: To a large bowl, add the sugar, butter, molasses, and egg and beat with a hand mixer until on medium until light and fluffy.

STEP TWO: Add in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Stir it together with a spatula until fully combined.

Cover the bowl of dough with plastic wrap and let chill for at least an hour.

STEP THREE: Pour 1/2 cup of sugar into a shallow bowl. As you scoop the dough into approximately 1″ balls with a cookie scoop, roll the balls in your hands, then in the sugar, and place 12 per sheet on the prepared cookie sheets.

STEP FOUR: Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes or until just set. They will puff up then flatten as they bake. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for a minute before removing.

mixing bowl filled with ginger snaps ingredients

ARE GINGER SNAPS SUPPOSED TO BE SPICY?

Ginger snaps are not hot spicy, but they do have a nice warmth to them thanks to the ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.

stack of ginger snap cookies with spices in background

WHY ARE THEY CALLED GINGER SNAPS?

The name ginger snaps comes from the fact that these cookies are typically very crispy and make a “snap” sound when broken and are filled with ginger. My version have a crisp edge with a chewy center (don’t over bake them!)  and are full of holiday spices. Ginger snaps are a derivation of gingerbread.

WHAT IS MOLASSES & WHY IS MOLASSES USED IN BAKING?

Molasses is a thick, dark syrup that is made during the sugar making process. Sugar cane or sugar beets are crushed and then the juice is extracted. The juice is then boiled down to form sugar crystals, which are then removed from the liquid. That is the molasses.

Molasses is used in baking to add great brown sugar flavor to cakes and cookies without making them too sweet.

Soft & chewy molasses cookies are similar to these ginger snaps and equally delicious.

close up of ginger snap cookie with stack of cookies in background

TOOLS TO HELP YOU MAKE THESE COOKIES

  • Mixing Bowls – I love the grippy bottoms of these bowls so they stay still while you’re mixing.
  • Hand Mixer – As much as I love my stand mixer, I use my hand mixer much more often.
  • Spatulas – I love these one piece silicone spatulas because they’re easy to clean.
  • Silicone Baking Mats – Using either baking mats or parchment paper will help your cookies to bake evenly and make clean up easier.
  • Cookie Scoop – I can’t remember the last time I made cookies without using a scoop. It makes life easier & your cookies will be even.

NEED MORE CHRISTMAS COOKIES IN YOUR LIFE? TRY THESE:

Dark Chocolate Stars
Crisp Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies
Christmasdoodles (Snickerdoodles)
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Click here for my entire collection of cookies.

stack of 5 ginger snap cookies

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Soft and Chewy Ginger Snaps

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
Soft and chewy Ginger Snaps are an easy, fragrant cookie that are perfect for any holiday cookie spread!
4.7 from 123 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 111 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • sugar for rolling

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the sugar, butter, molasses, and egg and beat on medium until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt, Stir well with a spatula until fully combined.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • Pour approximately 1/2 cup of sugar into a small bowl (for rolling).
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to shape the dough into approx. 1″ balls. Roll in sugar and place 12 per baking sheet onto your prepared sheets.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes or until just set (they will puff up then flatten while baking).
  • Remove from oven and let stand on the cookie sheet for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 156mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 150IUCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg

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    • Melissa Williams says

      Yeah, they aren’t very “snappy” but that’s how I like them 😉 thanks!

  1. login tutorials says

    Oh wow this sounds like the most perfect ginger-snaps– if only I would pop a crisp through the screen and take a piece now!

  2. Deb says

    Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy in the center with crinkly tops! Perfect! I’m anxious to try them! Thanks for sharing, Melissa!

  3. Katie says

    5 stars
    I have tried several ginger snap cookies recipes over the years, but this one is by far the best I’ve tried! Follow the recipe exactly and you will not be disappointed. I baked mine until they started to crack (9 1/2 mins) then took them out. Perfection!

  4. Karen says

    5 stars
    Came out exactly as the recipe said. Very good!

  5. Jai says

    5 stars
    Got these in the fridge overnight before baking tomorrow. I tried something new on the healthier side – i substituted applesauce for half the butter and halfed the flour with almond flour. Both are 1:1 substitutes. Left everything else the same. Oh i used two drops of clove essential oil in place of ground only because I didnt have any 😉.

    • Melissa Williams says

      Sounds like good swaps! I haven’t worked with almond flour, but I do the applesauce swap from time to time. Report back & let me know how you like them 🙂

  6. Teresa says

    5 stars
    This is a very soft chewy delicious cookie. I added walnuts and they were delicious

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thanks, Teresa. I’m glad you liked them!

  7. Makeda says

    5 stars
    Definitely, hands down one of the best cookie recipes I’ve ever tried! Very easy steps and the end results are to die for. I’ve literally tried these like three times already and everyone can’t get enough of these! This recipe is definitely a MUST try!

    • Melissa Williams says

      I’m so happy you love them! Thanks for reporting back 🙂

  8. Sarah Spaulding says

    5 stars
    The best chewy ginger snap recipe I’ve ever had! Made the second batch today! Wouldn’t change a thing the whole family loves them!!

    • Melissa Williams says

      I love hearing that! Thanks for reporting back 🙂

  9. Tasha says

    5 stars
    Omg! These babies were so delicious! Everyone loved them and they disappeared so quickly! The best way to enjoy this recipe is to follow it as written, it’s perfect! Thanks for sharing 😊

    • Melissa Williams says

      Oh, Tasha. You just made a rough day better. Thank you!

  10. melanie says

    5 stars
    Great flavour. Easy to make. Mine turned out pretty soft, but great!

  11. Kim says

    5 stars
    So delicious! Added a bit more spice. They’re so soft with a crispy outside! Thank you 🙂

  12. Susie says

    5 stars
    These cookies are so incredibly good that I’ve baked them twice in 2 days. By far the best gingersnaps I’ve ever had. My husband and kids couldn’t stop eating them. Thank you for this recipe that I’ll be making for the rest of my life!

  13. Maggie says

    Will these do ok in the freezer if I make them in advance?

    • Melissa Williams says

      You want to freeze them after baking or before? I prefer to prep them, roll them, then freeze them covered on a cookie sheet. Once they’re frozen through, I move them to a freezer bag & they’ll be good for a couple months. You can bake from frozen. Or, you can bake them, layer them with parchment paper in freezer bags, and freeze them. Take them out about an hour before you’re ready to eat them and let them thaw at room temperature. I prefer the first way, but either will work 🙂

  14. Deann says

    5 stars
    I got this recipe from someone who brought these cookies to work last week. They are absolutely my favorite cookie I’ve ever had!! I’m making some to share for the holidays today! Thank you!!!

    • Melissa Williams says

      That makes me so happy – thank you for reporting back!

  15. Emily Glavin says

    5 stars
    These were very easy to make and lived up to their “soft and chewy” name. I will be making them again!

  16. Bobbie Shaw says

    5 stars
    These are hands down the best ginger snap cookies! Melt in your mouth! I found this recipe a few years ago and make them every single Christmas season..make them today and you won’t regret it!

  17. Jourdan says

    Hey! Really excited to try this recipe! Can I use pumpkin pie spice instead of the spices listed?

    • Melissa Williams says

      Hi 🙂 I haven’t tried but pumpkin pie spice is generally a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sometimes allspice, so it should work.

  18. Laura F says

    They are just like the ginger snaps my Mom used to make after I added one cup raisins and dipped the top in some sugar. I had not been able to find her recipe, so Thank you!!!

  19. Pam says

    5 stars
    I have had this same recipe for years with the exception of brown sugar for regular sugar. Always a hit.

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