Soft and Chewy Ginger Snaps


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Ah, Ginger Snaps… the classic little round cookies just made for dunking in milk or in gingerbread lattes…or just about anything! This recipe creates a super soft and chewy cookies, spiced with the warm winter spices, essentially the perfect ginger cookie.

Classic gingerbread is dessert that has a spicy tingle to it be it in the form of cake, muffins, or these sweet gingerbread cookies! The flavor of molasses, and that beautiful golden color is hard to resist!

A stack of four gingersnaps with a bite taken out of the top one.

What are Ginger Snaps?

Gingersnaps are just a variation on old fashioned gingerbread! But gingerbread is soft sweet bread, almost like a cake, while ginger snaps are a cookie! While the name implies ‘snap’ these cookies should be soft and chewy. Ginger snaps contain molasses for flavor and it makes them soft, powdered ginger and other warm spices.

These are a traditional Christmas Cookie and great served alongside homemade eggnog or a glass of cold milk.

Two images showing the gingersnaps being rolled in sugar and then set on a baking tray.

How to Make Ginger Snaps

This is one of the easiest cookies you’ll make this season, I can almost guarantee it! All it takes is a little mixing and a little baking and you’re there, and it’s a great one for a cookie exchange!

  1. Cream together ‘wet” ingredients with sugar.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together with a whisk.

TIP: Whisking dry ingredients can work as a shortcut method for sifting flour because it gets air into the mixture. Maybe not for very exact recipes but it works well for most things!

  1. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the sugar and molasses mixture, a little at a time,
  2. Roll into balls and roll in sugar. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and crinkly!

Baked gingersnaps on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Can You Decorate Ginger Snaps?

While using regular icing to decorate gingersnaps might not be the best combination, you could try a couple of things to dress these guys up, for sure!

  • Dip half of each cookie in white chocolate and sprinkle with colored sugar.
  • Roll the cookies in red and green colored sugar instead of plain white sugar!
  • Pipe little rosettes of cream cheese frosting around the edge of each cookie, and place a gingerbread man-shaped nonpareil on top of each rosette.

Gingersnaps baked and laid out on a cutting board with cinnamon sticks on the side.

How to Store Them

These are some of the easiest cookies to store. You can cover them tightly or place them in an airtight container on the counter. They’ll keep on the counter for up to a week or more.

If you like to make holiday cookies ahead of time, this is the perfect cookie to freeze, it just holds up really well. I like to layer them with wax paper and freeze them in a pretty tin. These guys will keep for a long time frozen, up to 6 months.

Try microwaving a plate of them to serve warm with coffee after defrosting, and your guests will think you just baked them! There are lots of ways to enjoy these versatile, happy little gingersnaps at Christmas… or year-round!

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Ginger Snaps

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
This recipe creates the perfect ginger cookie, spiced with cinnamon, crinkly, and chewy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar plus extra for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream shortening, sugar, and egg until fluffy. Add molasses and mix well.
  3. Add remaining ingredients into a separate bowl and whisk well to combine. Add dry mixture to sugar mixture a little at a time until combined.

  4. Divide dough into 18 pieces, roll each into a ball and roll in sugar.
  5. Place cookies on an ungreased pan and bake 11-13 minutes

Recipe Notes

Makes 18 cookies
Nutrition Information
Calories: 140, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 144mg, Potassium: 65mg, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 10%, Calcium: 11%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword ginger snaps

Adapted from recipe Source Hein, Karen. “Grandma’s Gingersnap Cookies”. Recipe. Cooking with Class. Beaumont, AB, 2011. 87. Print.

Baked Ginger Snaps cooling on a wire rack.
Top photo - Ginger Snaps stacked on top of each other, the top one has a bite taken out of it. Bottom photo - Baked Ginger Snaps cooling on a parchment lined baking pan.

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