One of my favourite cookies for the holidays (or for any time for that matter) has to be these gingersnap cookies! The ginger and molasses flavour combo works so well in cookie form creating some cookies that are so addictively good! These ginger cookies could not be easier to make, you just need to mix the spices, including the ginger, cinnamon and cloves into the flour, mix the sugar, butter, molasses and egg, combine, roll into balls, roll in a coarse sugar and bake for a few minutes and then you are in a gingery heaven just before the ginger coma sets in! The balls flatten as they bake with the edges getting nice and crispy while leaving the centres nice and soft and chewy and the sugar coating adds an amazing crunch to the cookies! If you only bake one cookie for the holidays, you can’t go wrong with these gingersnap cookies!
Nice and crispy on the edges and soft and chewy on the insides with the added crunch from the sugar!
Soft and chewy gingersnap cookies that are crispy around the edges.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup coarse grain sugar (optional)
- Mix the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a bowl.
- Cream the butter and sugar.
- Beat in the egg followed by the molasses.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet.
- Form the dough into small balls, optionally rolling them in sugar and placing them on a baking sheet.
- Bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until lightly golden brown on the edges, about 8-10 minutes.
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Last time I was going to make gingersnap cookies I had everything ready and when I came to add the ground ginger I realised I had run out. D’oh. Yours look lovely and rich.
I made gingner snap cookies for an ex boyfriend 4 years ago. Mine were thinner though.
The boyfriend is gone, but I still have molasses left in my fridge 🙂
Those look really good! I love it when you share desserts. I’m craving gingerbread right now!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Greatb picture and wonderful cookies!
Netts Nook says
Oh Kevin I love Gingersnaps they look great I love your blog you get such great pictures.
LOVE gingersnap cookies – perfect balance of sweet and spicy.
Your cookies look tender and delicious. Perfect for a cup of tea.
My husband has been bugging me for months to make Gingersnap Cookies! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Oh yes! Yum yum!
Great photo, love the milk next to it, makes me want it that much more! lol
Yum! Love the crystallized ginger in there. I often use fresh ginger (grated so finely it is just a paste) with the wet ingredients instead of ground ginger for greater taste impact.
Are yours soft or crunchy?
I love gingersnaps. It’s been so long since I had one. I bet these smell as wonderful as they taste! YUM!
I haven’t tried them yet..looks yummy and worth trying.
I think it’s the first time I see a cookie recipe on your blog Kevin. Very nice, loved that you placed a “bitten” one, it shows well the consistency. Yum!
My grandmother used to make these often. They are still one of my favorites.
I’ve never made homemade gingersnaps, but I should try these since they are one of my husband’s favorites!
Those are some great looking cookies, Kevin! Love the addition of the candied ginger…very nice!
These are one of my very favorite cookies – the recipe looks tasty.
Perfect as always. I’m just catching up on your delicious recipes as I have been busy and missing out on checking in.
We like to eat candied ginger just for fun. It’s so spicy and sweet! Love that it’s sprinkled in the cookies. Adds a nice chewy dimension.
I love soft gingerbread cookies, and these sound perfect!
Oh, I love all things ginger – thanks!!
I love cakey ginger cookies and the photo is gorgeous!
I have a recipe for giant ginger cookies which are so moist it’s incredible. There is nothing like a good ginger cookie! And that includes gingerbread houses, too.
The chunks of candied ginger makes these sound really good.
Those cookies look really good Kevin. I’m not much of a chocolate fan but I do live gingersnaps. Yum!
I so adore gingersnap cookies, no one else here likes them though. But thats ok, I have a big appetite. As always your photos make me smile.
I love a good gingersnap cookie! My grandma always had them out with tea every time I visited!
The Blonde Duck says
I don’t know which one I like more, this or the ham and cheese casserole!
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Yum! I love gingersnap cookies. not only are they good by themselves, I love to use them for crusts for cheesecakes or other desserts. Thanks for sharing!
Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says
I love the addition of real stem ginger in the cookies. The regular supermarket ones here don’t use it, only the premium ones 🙂
veggie belly says
I love gingersnap cookies! These look awesome, thanks for sharing the recipe.
These look great! I love the combo of the ground ginger and the crystalized ginger. Sure to be delicious.
I haven’t made gingersnaps in awhile. Thanks for the reminder. Yours look delightful!
Mrs Ergül says
I have always pondered what molasses really is. It seems like it is in liquid form but the one I have at home is sugar crsyals!
absolutely scrumptious looking! i love gingersnaps–especially with crystallized ginger.
thanks for dropping by. i’ve actually been a long-time lurker–discovered your blog when i was feeling nostalgic about our trip to greece last summer. your blog came up in many of my google searches–love your content!
Your cookies just look perfect! I have never made gingersnaps before, I have no idea why not!
lisa (dandysugar) says
Yumm! I love gingersnaps. Great way to use up bits and pieces! Yours look great!
Kevin, my husband really like gingersnap cookies, he can eat lots of this. And that is not a good thing, right?
That photo is absolutely heavenly… perfect in every way! And those cookies look tasty 🙂
Manger La Ville says
These gingersnap cookies look delicious. Gingersnaps are one of my all time favorites.
These look so good. I have really come around to ginger in the last couple of months.
Lick My Spoon says
love the photo 🙂 makes me want tea time right now!
These would be way better than the ones in the shops!
Those look snappy!
Yummy, I love gingersnaps. I love molasses cookies too…. I’m actually going to make some this weekend, now that I think about it!
Jennifer: These were softer rather than crunchier.
i love gingerbread cookies!!!
I also have some crystallized ginger that needs to be used up. I think I found how! 🙂
This looks so delicious!
what a gorgeous colour these cookies are. They look delicious 🙂
Gingersnaps have always been a favourite of mine – but I’ve never tried to make them. Well done you!
my second favorite cookie (next to homemade molasses) and I’ve never baked them. I will do it now!
Randi Lynne says
I made these this weekend and they turned out delicious. The only thing I will do differently next time is cook them for a minute longer to get a slightly crunchier texture. The ginger flavor was highlighted so well in these cookies!
Needed a simple, delicious cookie and this turned outperfect! Thanks, CP
Angelic Arena says
I'm making these cookies right now! 😀
..but they aren't coming out as orangy as yours.. they smell really good but the color isn't the same.. I did omit the crystallized ginger, so I am not sure if that's the reason for the difference in color.. mine look light brown, not orangy .. do you have any ideas of why the difference in color?? is it because of the crystallized ginger omition??
Angelic Arena: When I make the them they are a nice light golden brown. The colour comes mostly from the molasses so they should be a brown colour.
Angelic Arena says
ohh I seee, okaii Thank You for the help! :]
when the winter come, i'd like to eat those ginger snaps and hot choco….. you cAN shot your cookies really mmmmmm yummy……
Crazy I just made these cookies and even blogged about it, however my cookies look like completely different cookies even though i used the same recipe that u used for yours. your cookies look more like ginger SNAPS whereas mine look like ginger PUFFS. only change i made to my recipe was i added white chocolate chips. Goes to show that different bakers have different styles which lead to different results even if your using the same recipe
Swallow Conrad says
I was looking for a recipe and came across your site. This site is great! I made the cookies for my kids and the LOVED them. I have already bookmarked you. Thanks for the hard work! cooking with emotions
My favorite Christmas Cookies ever!
replace the butter with rendered bacon fat…you won't believe how good that little kick is…
Just made these tonight, as written with the candied ginger, and they are wonderful! Recipe made 3 dozen.
Grandmamac: I'm glad you like them!