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Soft Gingersnap Cookies

Soft Gingersnap Cookies

Happy December! Let the holiday baking begin! I love this time of year! I have a LONG list of things I want to bake this month. I will be making my favorite, classic recipes, but I also have a few new things to experiment with. I will try to post them as fast as I bake them:)

To kick off the holiday baking season, I made a batch of soft gingersnap cookies. I love my gingersnaps SOFT! The key is taking them out at 8 minutes on the dot. They won’t look done, but just trust me, they are ready to come out of the oven. Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for a minute or two and then transfer them to a cooling rack. If you follow my instructions, you will enjoy soft and tender gingersnaps… and I think that is the best way to enjoy them!

Our house smelled amazing while the cookies were baking. The ginger, cinnamon, and molasses smell filled each room with holiday cheer! Give these classic cookies a try-your friends and family will love them..if you decide to share that is:) And remember, don’t over bake!
I am submitting these cookies to Susan at Food Blogga. She is hosting Season 3 ofEat Christmas Cookies. You can submit a cookie too, the last day to participate is Dec. 20th. To view all of the fabulous cookies clickhere. New cookies will be added all month long, so visit often:) Thanks to Susan for hosting such a fun event. I love cookies!

Soft Gingersnap Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 8 minutes


2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup molasses
White sugar-to roll the cookie dough in


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices in a medium bowl. Whisk the ingredients together.
3. With a mixer, combine the butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. This will take a couple of minutes.
4. Add in the egg and vanilla extra. Mix until well combined.
5. Add in the molasses. Mix until the molasses is combined with the other ingredients.
6. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture. Add in a little at a time until all of the flour is mixed in.
7. Form the dough into Tablespoon sized balls. Roll the dough in white sugar.
8. Place the cookie dough balls on a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Make sure they are a couple inches apart.
9. I pressed down on the cookies slightly to help them flatten out. If you like puffy cookies, don't press them down.
10. Bake for 8 minutes and NO longer. You want them to stay soft! Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for a minute or two, then transfer to a cooling rack.
11. Enjoy!

If you like these gingersnap cookies, you might also like:
Gingersnap Lemon Sherbert Sandwiches from Dessert First
Gingersnaps with Orange Ginger Cream Filling from Recipe Girl
Gingersnaps from Baking with Dynamite
Spicy Ginger Crinkle Cookies from The Canadian Baker

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90 Responses to “Soft Gingersnap Cookies”

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  1. Erica — December 2, 2009 @ 5:35 am

    owwwwww! I love that they're soft. Totally delicious. Perfect for a Cookie Exchange or Christmas party.

  2. Jamie — December 2, 2009 @ 6:18 am

    Oooh so delicious! They look like perfect, chewy yummy cookies! Great as gifts a Xmas too! Love 'em!

  3. Jessica — December 2, 2009 @ 6:23 am

    Thanks, Maria!! Can't wait to try these.

  4. Judy@nofearentertaining — December 2, 2009 @ 6:27 am

    Love that those are chewy! Can't wait to make them for my Mom!

  5. Sarah, Maison Cupcake — December 2, 2009 @ 7:07 am

    I am loving all these Christmas cookie recipes this month. I love a soft chewy cookie.

  6. Donalyn — December 2, 2009 @ 7:10 am

    I can't wait to try these – I love soft molasses/spice cookies!

  7. RecipeGirl — December 2, 2009 @ 7:11 am

    Can't wait to see all you decide to make! These look yummy. Thanks for the linky love :)

  8. Amanda — December 2, 2009 @ 7:14 am

    They look WONDERFUL!! I bet they they taste pretty awesome too :) I'm the same way with my peanut butter cookies, take them out at the time I say, not when you think they are done LOL Nice and chewy :)

  9. Dawn — December 2, 2009 @ 7:24 am

    I found a really good recipe I want to try. I've had a hankering for making thick, chewy ginger cookies. I think I've found it. I need to make them today because just like you said I love that smell when they are baking.

  10. Tracy @ Sugarcrafter — December 2, 2009 @ 7:28 am

    I also LOVE soft ginger cookies! Yum!!

  11. Heather — December 2, 2009 @ 7:29 am

    Why do I see ginger snap ice cream swammichs in my future… sigh…

  12. tspegar — December 2, 2009 @ 7:46 am

    i can not resist a soft cookie :) yum! i love soft, chewy cookies!

  13. tspegar — December 2, 2009 @ 7:48 am

    i can not resist a soft cookie! yum! i love soft, chewy cookies!

  14. VeggieGirl — December 2, 2009 @ 7:48 am

    My all-time favorite Christmas cookie!

  15. kat — December 2, 2009 @ 8:01 am

    I don't know if I've ever had a soft gingersnap, sounds really good

  16. Nicole (dishin') — December 2, 2009 @ 8:17 am

    These look so good. A classic Christmas cookie!

  17. Debbie — December 2, 2009 @ 8:25 am

    My cookies always turn out harder than I want them to. I will try this recipe and watch for 8 minutes!!!! They really look terrific.

  18. sugarlens — December 2, 2009 @ 8:27 am

    I am looking forward to all the sweet recipes you will post throughout the month. I definitely want to bake something (at least once) this holiday season.

    These gingersnap cookies would be a hit at my office for sure.

  19. Shannon — December 2, 2009 @ 8:37 am

    my list is long too, i doubt i'll get to it all! love these soft gingersnaps :)

  20. Megan — December 2, 2009 @ 8:53 am

    Oh yum! My family makes similar cookies every Christmas (and we also make them at the bakery daily). I agree — ginger molasses cookies are best soft and chewy!

  21. Sara — December 2, 2009 @ 9:13 am

    Gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookies! But they have to be soft like this one. Great recipe!

  22. Sarah — December 2, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    My absolute favorite cookie! My best friend makes them every christmas and they are delicious. Mmmm think I will make some this week.

  23. Barbara Bakes — December 2, 2009 @ 9:34 am

    Looks like a great cookie! I love them slightly underbaked too!

  24. Grace — December 2, 2009 @ 11:00 am

    i can't believe it's december already. sigh.
    meanwhile, great cookies–i like my gingersnaps less snappy. 😉

  25. Lori — December 2, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

    I love gingersnaps soft too! These sound so great and it is a type of cookie I haven't made before.

    Thanks for mentioning the cookie round up. I think I'll submit some of mine and now I have all kinds of new cookie ideas. !

  26. Katrina — December 2, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

    I've been looking for a certain soft ginger cookie that someone gave me once and trying to duplicate it. I will have to try these!

  27. kellypea — December 2, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

    I'm all over soft gingersnaps. But the crunchy version makes AMAZING crust for cheesecake ; ) I can just imagine the aroma of these yummy cookies.

  28. Tracey — December 2, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

    I love my gingersnaps soft so these are perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

  29. Rosa's Yummy Yums — December 2, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

    They look fantastic! Perfect and delicious looking!



  30. Noel — December 2, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

    Hi Maria!

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the muffin recipe. They are real easy. No one like Ginger snaps but me in my family and yours looks like a great one! I'm a sucker for chewy cookies. Can't wait to try them! Happy Holidays!

  31. The Blonde Duck — December 2, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

    Those look so wonderful!

  32. Dana — December 2, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

    Those look like they just might be the perfect elusive gingersnap I have been looking for!

  33. Kara@ Creations by Kara — December 2, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

    I make gingersnap cookies and dip them in white chocolate. My neighbors request them every year. They are sooo yummy!

    I agree with you, they must be soft!

  34. Abby — December 2, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

    They look great! And perfectly shaped. Although I like my gingersnaps to snap so I can dunk them in my coffee, I know a little boy who would LOVE these soft ones!

  35. Wonder Woman — December 2, 2009 @ 6:33 pm

    I recently tried a gingersnap recipe that was not so good. This one looks much, much better. I'll have to give it a go!

  36. Jamie — December 2, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

    This is funny! I also have a soft ginger cookie on my blog right now. It is very similar to yours with a few different ingredients. I'll have to give your version a try. I love the soft ones too.

  37. Melanie Anne — December 2, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

    These look so good! I have been looking for a gingersanp recipe that does not use shortening. I tried substituting butter for shortening in my Grandma's (my favorite) recipe–but it did not turn out. I am excited to try your recipe! i agree with you–gingersnaps do make your house smell amazing!!

  38. Kerstin — December 2, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

    Yay for holiday baking! Soft gingersnaps sound like such a huge crowd pleaser – yum!

  39. Goldilocks — December 3, 2009 @ 7:52 am

    Love your blog and the recipes. This looks like a great one! How did you add the "find it here" feature- I want to add it to my blog and can't figure it out.

  40. Susan from Food Blogga — December 3, 2009 @ 7:56 am

    Mmmm… I can smell them from here. :) These look perfect, Maria, and make a festive addition to our Christmas cookie round-up. Happy Holidays, my dear!

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