Gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookie recipes. They keep well and have a distinct molasses and ginger taste, perfect for the Holiday season. This recipe is a family recipe that was handed down from my Great Aunt Tina. I don’t remember ever meeting my Great Aunt Tina, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy her cookie recipe!
I like my gingersnaps to be a little chewy, so I only cook these for about 8 minutes. But if you prefer crispy gingersnaps you could increase the cooking time by 5 minutes and have crispy ones. The only change I made to my Great Aunt’s recipe is that I use butter instead of shortening, because I just don’t like to cook with shortening. I love all the subtle spice flavors in these cookies, which include cloves and cinnamon along with the ginger.
My kids’ favorite part of this recipe is rolling the little balls of cookie dough in sugar. They aren’t big fans of the cookies themselves, because of the strong molasses taste. They prefer cookies which have lots of chocolate, not lots of spices! This year I used Black Strap Molasses for an even more robust taste. If you like molasses you will love these traditional Christmas cookies!
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 2 cup flour
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and molasses and mix well.
- Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt, and mix the dry ingredients into the batter.
- Form the batter into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Nutrition facts are estimates.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 14gSugar: 9g
Cookies Make the Perfect Gift
I love to share homemade cookies with my friends and family! Food is a great way to bring people together during the holiday season, either in person or from a distance.
Why not bake some cookies this year and put together a cookie gift box for your friends? Here are some cookie recipe ideas for gift giving!
40 thoughts on “Gingersnap Cookie Recipe – Christmas Cookies”
Gingersnaps are one of my favorite kinds of cookies! Yum!
These look delish!! I made cookies today and they are hard as rocks…too bad they’re for my son’s Christmas program tomorrow too…oops.
These look so much more moist than store bought gingersnaps! I can’t wait to try these!
These look delicious, and so much chewier than the other homemade versions I’ve tried. I always think of Christmas gatherings when I have gingersnaps.
I love gingersnap cookies!
Confession time… I have never eaten or made gingersnaps. They always seem so dry. Yours don’t look dry though so I am intrigued.
I can’t believe how delicious those look. They’re just so puffy and wonderful-looking. I haven’t made gingersnaps in a long time but these tell me I have got to do it!
I do love molasses! and spiced cookies are some of my favs.
I love to roll cookies in sugar – those look delicious!
I love gingersnap cookies! We make them every year. It is amazing what a difference rolling them in sugar makes. We usually also frost ours with cream cheese frosting, and then put a redhot in the center of each. The bite with the redhot is the best!
I’ve only made crunchy ones that actually “snap” when you eat them – but I love soft cookies, I didn’t think of just baking them for a shorter time 😉
mmm Gingersnaps … my mouth is just watering now LoL
I just made these cookies and they came out flat and hard, not fluffy and pretty. I checked everything twice and find no reason for this. Very Disappointing! They were for Christmas goodie tins.
Mine too!!! The recipe on the molasses jar calls for more flour and brown sugar I might try that next time.. :/
I just made these and also had them come out flat. I don’t mind overly much because they are still very tasty, but the batter was far to soft to even attempt to roll them in sugar. This was even after adding an extra 1/2 c to cup of flour! I just sprinkled sugar on top.
Mine came out flat too…I needed them for a Christmas party tomorrow….it’s after midnight ..not happening! I don’t know what went wrong…maybe the dough should be chilled….the directions don’t say to do that though…
I do love nice soft tasty cookies. Gingersnaps would totally hit the spot!
I’ll have to try this recipe because I haven’t made Gingersnaps in years because the last time I did they weren’t nice and chewy and fluffy but hard and crispy – and I prefer the chewy ones 🙂
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I used to love Ginger Snaps when I was little. I may have to try out this recipe for my boys.
these look lovely!! and your kids did them with you? that’s wonderful!!
I can’t remember the last time I had gingersnaps. Nice!
One of my favs! I love a good Gingersnap!
I love ginger and gingersnaps! I wish I could reach into my computer and grab one. They look delicious!
Oh my goodness, these look amazing! I love the flavor and texture of homemade ginger snaps so much more than the store bought variety!
I absolutely love gingersnap cookies and these sure does look amazing!
Mmmmmm… I can almost taste those cookies looking at those photos. This looks like a great recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a gingersnap. I think it’s time I fixed that, don’t you?
I love the homemade taste of well made ginger snap cookies and these have left my mouth watering! All month long I am doing a cookie countdown to Christmas, I would love it if you stopped by!
I’ve always loved these cookies and must get them again… It’s been a while.
These look incredible! They are one of my favorite cookies at Christmas time, too. Thanks so much for sharing a yummy recipe with us today!
These look so good! I’ve only had the store-bought kind (isn’t that terrible?) I definitely need to try this recipe. 🙂
I’m like you and prefer my gingersnaps chewy. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing at Your Turn To Shine!! 🙂
Truth time: I could eat an entire bag og ginger snaps in one sitting. More truth: I’ve only ever had the bagged kind! I’m sure homemade are wonderful and small amazing while baking. I’m interested in the chewiness.
Thanks for sharing!
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Gingersnap cookies are my favourite! And these look so delicious!
I love ginger snaps and these look fantastic! Thanks for sharing with Happiness is Homemade!
I’m not sure where she got this picture but it is most definitely not what you get with this recipe. I added a half cup more flour just to be able to roll them. And they are flatter than pancakes. Taste is good but not soft and chewy for sure. Disappointing recipe!
I made this recipe as posted. The dough is too sticky to roll into balls. I have chilled it and added another cup of flour. What have I done wrong?
no reply to those who had flat cookies instead of plump ones????