The Best Ginger Snap Cookie Recipe | crave the good (2024)

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A classic ginger snap cookie recipe handed down from generations past. Full of yummy molasses, warming cloves and delightful cinnamon flavors, this recipe will help you make ginger snap cookies that taste just like grandma used to make. They're crispy on the outside but soft in the middle - the perfect gingersnap cookie!

Every year, without fail, my darling sister invites me to take part in her Christmas cookie exchange.

And each year, I jump in and start making some amazing, complicated cookies that have me ripping my hair out.

Once I've sufficiently chided myself for trying and failing at being extra, I fall back on old faithful. My Memere's ginger snap cookies. They're quick, they're easy, and they're universally loved.

This ginger snap cookie recipe is dedicated to Memere.

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  • Key Ingredients:
  • How To Make Ginger Snap Cookies
  • Baking Guide For Ginger Snap Cookies
  • Batch + Storage
  • Make Ahead:
  • More Cookie Recipes To Love:
  • Recommended Equipment
  • 📖 Printable Recipe

Tips + Tricks

No. 1 --> For the finished shots in this recipe I used both white and gold sanding sugar to give that super obvious sugar'd surface. I got the idea from my sister's Espresso Cookies! I will definitely use sanding sugar again if I'm gifting the cookies because I just love the look!

No. 2 --> A reader recommended to me to add a small amount of cayenne pepper to these cookies, I tried it, loved it! About quarter a teaspoon was perfect, it enhanced the warming effect of the cookies without too much heat.

No. 3 --> If you need approximately 60 gingersnap cookies right now you're in luck, this is a no chill recipe! If you only need a few, you're also in luck! This recipe freezes beautifully, keep on reading for more information.

No. 4 --> Treat yourself, serve these delicious cookies with a Chai White Chocolate!

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Key Ingredients:

Molasses: Use cooking or fancy molasses for this recipe. Fancy molasses is a lighter colored, sweet molasses, while cooking molasses is a blend of fancy and blackstrap molasses - it's darker in color, richer in flavor and leads to a less sweet ginger snap. I highly recommend Fancy molasses!

Spices: Use high-quality cloves, ginger, and cinnamon are fresh and fragrant. These cookies shine because of the spices, so avoid using that long lost jar of stale ground cloves from the Y2K era!

Sugar: The base of these cookies is made with granulated sugar. The reason we use granulated sugar is that you're able to cream together the butter and sugar to add air to the dough for a fluffier cookie. Another added benefit of white sugar is that it will give those crisp edges and keep the centre of the cookie nice and chewy!

How To Make Ginger Snap Cookies

Make the dough:

  1. Preheat oven to 375f. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together 1 1/2 cups softened butter and 2 cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. This usually takes 1-2 minutes on high speed.
  3. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  4. Add 1/2 cup molasses, 2 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground clove, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon to the mixing bowl and beat until completely combined, stopping to scrape down the sides as required.
  5. Slowly add in 4 cups of flour, mixing on low speed until completely combined.

Scoop + Bake

  1. Using a cookie scooper or tablespoon measure out dough, roll them between your hands to make them round, then roll in granulated or sanding sugar.
  2. Place the sugared balls on prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake cookies in 375f oven for 8-12 minutes.
  4. Allow ginger snap cookies to cool on baking sheet for approximately 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Baking Guide For Ginger Snap Cookies

I believe in baking cookies at 375f. A hotter oven and a shorter time give crisp outside edges and softer chewier middles - if you can get some crunch on the outside of the cookie and some softness in the middle, you've caught lightning in a bottle.

That said, cook this cookie to your desired doneness. Ginger snaps are traditionally super crisp and snap when you bite into them. I prefer snappy edges and yummy soft and chewy middles.

12 minutes will give a completely crunchy cookie, 10 minutes is the sweet spot for my taste, and 8 minutes is mostly soft with a hint of crispy edges.

Batch + Storage

Batch:

This is a large batch cookie recipe. It yields approximately 60 delicious cookies per batch, using a size 40 cookie scoop.

If you're not in the market for that many cookies, the recipe can be halved. If you're looking to make even more ginger snap cookies, I would recommend doing 2 batches as this thick batter can really make your mixer work.

Storage:

Keep your baked ginger snap cookies in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for up to 5 days - if they last that long!

To freeze the ginger snap cookies, lay them flat on a baking sheet and place in the freezer until completely frozen before transferring them to a freezer-friendly container or bag. Pre-freezing helps to prevent the cookies from getting mangled in the freezer.

Make Ahead:

My favorite part of this recipe is that you can freeze the cookie balls and bake whenever you've got a hankerin' for some fresh ginger snaps.

OK, well my favorite part of this recipe is the cookies, but the freezing thing is a very close second.

Freeze the balls:

  • prepare cookie dough as per the recipe.
  • once they are rolled in sugar, place them on a baking sheet, no need to space out.
  • pop that baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours, or until the balls are completely frozen.
  • transfer the frozen cookie balls to freezer bags for long term storage.

Bake the balls:

  • prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • remove frozen cookie dough balls from the freezer and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • allow cookie dough balls to thaw while preheating oven to 375f.
  • bake at 375f for 8-12 minutes.
  • enjoy fresh baked cookies with minimal mess!

Frozen ginger snap cookie balls will last at least 12 months in a proper container. I'm not proud, but I've found some that were at least 18 months old in my freezer, baked them, and ate them, and they were still delicious!

More Cookie Recipes To Love:

  • Snickerdoodle Cookies (Without Cream of Tartar)
  • S'mores Cookies
  • Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Homemade Oreos

Recommended Equipment

Stand mixer:MyKITCHENAID MIXERis one of my most used tools in the kitchen, I'm a cookie monster with a bad dominant wrist. I need it!

Good baking sheets:It's hard to bake a perfect cookie on a lightweight cookie sheet. I like myBAKING SHEETSto have a decent weight to them, this helps to prevent the cookies from burning on the bottom before the rest is cooked.

📖 Printable Recipe

The Best Ginger Snap Cookie Recipe | crave the good (20)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Full of yummy molasses, warming cloves and delightful cinnamon flavours, they’re perfect for cool fall and winter months. These ginger snap cookies have the perfect crunchy outsides with soft, chewy insides and magazine-worthy appearance.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups flour
  • extra sugar, for garnish

Instructions

To Bake Right Now:

  1. Preheat oven to 375f and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together 1 1/2 cups softened butter and 2 cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy, around 1 -2 minutes.
  3. Add in 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well in between additions.
  4. Add 1/2 cup molasses, 2 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground clove, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon to the mixing bowl and beat until completely combined, stopping to scrape down the sides as required.
  5. Slowly add 4 cups of flour. Mix on low speed until fully combined.
  6. Pour granulated or sanding sugar onto a small plate.
  7. Using a cookie scooper or tablespoon measure out dough, roll them between your hands to make them round, then roll in granulated or sanding sugar.
  8. Place the sugared balls on prepared baking sheet at least 3 inches apart.
  9. Bake cookies in 375f oven for 8-12 minutes. 12 minutes gives a fully crunchy cookie, 10 minutes results in a slightly chewy centre with crunchy outsides and 8 minutes will gives a softer cookie with crispy outside edges.
  10. Allow ginger snap cookies to cool on baking sheet for approximately 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

To Freeze For Later Use:

  1. Follow steps 2-8 except, place the cookie dough balls much closer together.
  2. Place the entire baking sheet in the freezer and freeze overnight or until solid.
  3. Transfer the cookie dough balls to freezer friendly bags and freeze until ready to use.

To Bake Frozen Balls:

  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Remove the cookie dough balls from the freezer and place them on the baking sheet.
  3. Once the ginger snap cookie balls are on the baking sheet, turn on the oven to 375f allowing the cookie dough to thaw while the oven comes to temperature, at least 3" apart. Do not flatten them!
  4. Bake at 375f for 8-12 minutes depending on desired doneness.

Notes

Baking time

12 minutes gives a fully crunchy cookie, 10 minutes results in a slightly chewy centre with crunchy outsides and 8 minutes will give you a softer cookie with crispy outside edges.

Batch:

This is a large batch cookie recipe. It yields approximately 60 delicious cookies per batch, using a size 40 cookie scoop.

If you're not in the market for that many cookies, the recipe can be halved. If you're looking to make even more ginger snap cookies, I would recommend doing 2 batches as this thick batter can really make your mixer work.

Storage:

Keep your baked ginger snap cookies in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for up to 5 days - if they last that long!

To freeze the ginger snap cookies, lay them flat on a baking sheet and place in the freezer until completely frozen before transferring them to a freezer-friendly container or bag. Pre-freezing helps to prevent the cookies from getting mangled in the freezer.

make ahead:

Freeze the balls:

  • prepare cookie dough as per the recipe.
  • once they are rolled in sugar, place them on a baking sheet, no need to space out.
  • pop that baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours, or until the balls are completely frozen.
  • transfer the frozen cookie balls to freezer bags for long term storage.
  • Bake the balls:

    • prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
    • remove frozen cookie dough balls from the freezer and place on prepared baking sheet.
    • allow cookie dough balls to thaw while preheating oven to 375f.
    • bake at 375f for 8-12 minutes.
    • enjoy fresh baked cookies with minimal mess!

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    60

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving:Calories: 108Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

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    FAQs

    What's the difference between ginger snaps and ginger cookies? ›

    Ginger Snaps are simply a variation of the traditional Gingerbread cookie. They're known for their crisper quality; their “snap” if you will.

    Why are my ginger snaps soft? ›

    Measure Your Flour Correctly to Ensure Gingersnaps are CRISPY! To avoid ending up with Gingersnaps that are thick and chewy instead of perfectly crispy, make sure to measure your flour accurately with a digital scale. It's all too easy to accidentally add too much flour if you're using cups.

    Why are my ginger snaps puffy? ›

    A higher ratio of butter to flour. A whole egg (rather than just the yolk) gives the cookie some levity (/puffiness) while keeping the cookie nice and tender. A blend of baking powder and baking soda (rather than just soda)

    Are ginger snaps healthier than other cookies? ›

    Most ginger snaps are lower in fat and sugar than other types of cookies, and you'll also get a good dose of certain vitamins and minerals, as well.

    Why are my ginger snap cookies flat? ›

    Too little flour and too much sugar are often the source of flat cookies, so measure carefully and accurately by using dry measuring spoons and cups for dry ingredients (so that you can spoon the ingredients into them and sweep away the excess) and use cups with pouring spouts for liquids.

    Why are my ginger cookies so hard? ›

    “There are some gingerbread recipes that are hard right after baking and need to sit for a few days to soften. Molasses and honey hardens gingerbread, but as the sugar absorbs moisture, it will get softer.”

    Why didn t my ginger snaps crack? ›

    The oven isn't hot enough. (it needs to set the top before the middle's fully risen) Not enough leavening (it needs to be strong enough to crack the top once it's set) Using a single-acting baking powder (double acting gives extra rise when it gets heated)

    Do ginger snaps settle your stomach? ›

    Ginger. Capsules of powdered ginger have been found to reduce nausea and vomiting. You could also try a cup of ginger tea, a glass of ginger ale (some people swear it works better if it's flat), a few gingersnap cookies, or a piece of ginger candy.

    Why is ginger snaps so good? ›

    Ginger Snaps is a great werewolf movie because it has a unique take on the genre. It follows two teenage sisters who are dealing with the physical and emotional changes that come with the onset of puberty, and how those changes can be exacerbated by a werewolf curse.

    Can you eat expired ginger snaps? ›

    Unopened commercial gingersnap cookies can last up to 2-3 months past the date printed on their package, thanks to the added preservatives. Once opened, they should be consumed within 1-2 weeks for the best taste and texture, but you will usually have up to a month before noticing a stale flavor.

    How do you make cookies fluffy instead of flat? ›

    Try using baking powder instead of baking soda. Baking soda encourages spreading while baking powder puffs the cookies up. If your recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of baking soda, you would use 3 to 4 teaspoons of baking powder.

    What happens if you add too much butter to gingerbread cookies? ›

    An excessive amount of butter makes it where the flour is unable to absorb the combined fat, which causes the cookie to spread too widely and the sugar to carbonize more easily because it's surrounded by too buttery a dough.

    Are ginger snaps anti-inflammatory? ›

    Gingersnaps are a healthier alternative to other cookies, being that they are generally low in calories and have many benefits. The ginger that is in these cookies has anti-inflammatory properties, is known to help treat nausea and fight heart disease and other illnesses.

    Are ginger snaps good for high blood pressure? ›

    Ginger may also decrease blood pressure by preventing blood clots from forming in your arteries and blood vessels, according to Castleman.

    What is another name for ginger snap cookies? ›

    A gingersnap, ginger snap, ginger nut, or ginger biscuit is a biscuit flavored with ginger. Ginger snaps are flavored with powdered ginger and a variety of other spices, most commonly cinnamon, molasses and clove.

    What is the difference between ginger snaps and spiced wafers? ›

    The spiced wafer is like the gingersnap, except it includes other non-ginger spices like clove and cinnamon, as well as real blackstrap molasses. They're also baked longer than regular cookies, so they're extra crunchy.

    Do ginger snaps have real ginger? ›

    Gingersnaps Ingredients

    The only wildcards are fresh ginger, molasses, and whole wheat flour; everything else is likely in your kitchen right now. Compared to ground ginger's earthy depth, fresh ginger is aromatic and bright, almost citrusy.

    What is a substitute for ginger snaps? ›

    *If you don't have gingersnaps, you can use graham crackers, but add in a 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 3/4 tsp ground ginger and a pinch of black pepper to give them some spice!

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