Soft Gingersnap Cookies

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Soft Gingersnap Cookies-these cookies are a holiday favorite. Add them to your Christmas cookie baking list now! 

Soft Gingersnap Cookies Recipe

I know we haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving yet, but I am already in Christmas mode. We don’t have our tree up yet, but I have started baking Christmas cookies. I just couldn’t wait any longer. Over the weekend, I made my favorite Soft Gingersnap Cookies. They are seriously the BEST holiday cookies. You can’t have the holidays without them. I make them every year and every year I fall in love all over again.

Soft Gingersnap Cookies Recipe

I love this recipe because the cookies are perfectly spiced and super soft. To get perfectly soft cookies, take them out at 8 minutes. 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 few minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack. The cookies will set up as the cool and then you will have a batch of super soft gingersnap cookies.

Soft Gingersnap Cookies Recipe

Our house smelled amazing while the cookies were baking. The ginger, cinnamon, and molasses smell filled each room with holiday cheer.

Kick off your Christmas baking with these classic Soft Gingersnap Cookies. Your friends and family will love them! They are the perfect Christmas cookie!

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Photography by: Sarah Fennel // Broma Bakery

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Soft Gingersnap Cookies

The BEST gingersnap cookie recipe! We make these cookies every holiday season and they always get rave reviews!
4.63 from 37 votes



  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Add in the molasses. Mix until the molasses is combined with the other ingredients.
  • 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. Don't over mix.
  • Form the dough into tablespoon sized balls. Roll the dough in the granulated sugar. Place the cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. I pressed down on the cookies slightly with a spatula to help them flatten out. If you like puffy cookies, don't press them down.
  • Bake for 8 minutes and no longer, you want the cookies to stay soft. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for two minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Note-the cookies will keep in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days. The cookies can be frozen for up to 1 month.

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  1. Hi!  I realize this is a much older post so hopefully someone can give me a recommendation.  I want to mix up the dough and form into balls and then freeze ahead of time and bake from frozen (I’ve had good success with this with most other cookie recipes).  My question is, would you suggest rolling in sugar before freezing or when they are frozen before baking?  I do not thaw the dough before baking–usually just go straight from freezer to oven.  Thank you!

    1. I guess it depends on how much you want the sugar to stand out. If you freeze the cookie dough balls with the sugar on, the sugar might not stand out as much. If you wait and roll when the dough is frozen, the sugar will be fresh and look prettier. They will be delicious either way! 🙂 Enjoy!

  2. I made these cookies with my two boys today….they were wonderful! I also gave some to my parents and they loved them. Another recipe that I’ll hang on to for many years! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes you share on your blog!

  3. Great great cookies! They were perfect after 8 minutes in the oven. I added extra cinnamon and ginger because I like a spicier cookie and they were great!

  4. I love gingersnap cookies. All the delicious flavors and the way they make your house smell, it’s what makes me think of the holidays. I like to put a little chopped up candied ginger in mine. I have been trying to make chewier molasses cookies, but mine keep coming out fluffy. Which is fine, but I prefer chewy. Any chance these will come out chewy?

  5. 4 stars
    Just made these – they are delish! Not overly sweet, and it made 30 good sized cookies. We added a little candied ginger piece in the center, and it just makes them pop. I would’ve given them 5-star rating if it had included the candied ginger. Highly recommended!

  6. 5 stars
    I just made these with my 7 year old and 4 year old! They were amazing! The only thing I did different was I rolled them in cinnamon sugar..

  7. Is there a way to make the cookie dough solid enough to roll out? I’d love to make reindeer-shaped ginger snaps for the holiday season!

  8. 5 stars
    I had tried gingerbread cookies before and never was a gig fan, but I made this for a friend and my goodness, they were so good they even got me hooked! Thanks for the great revmcipe Maria. It’s now a Christmas baking staple. 🙂

    1. You need to flatten slightly with a spatula before putting in the oven and I actually flatten again when they come out. Came out perfect.

  9. I followed the recipe exactly and am an experienced baker. I did not care for this recipes at all. There was something “off” about these. I will go back to my old recipe.

  10. 5 stars
    Out of all the cookies I have ever made these Soft Gingersnap Cookies are my favorite!
    They taste absolutely fabulous!!
    Best cookie ever!
    Only change was in my oven – I needed to bake 9 minutes not 8 (I think I have a puny oven:)

    Thanks for this GREAT recipe

  11. 3 stars
    Time is NOT correct for a convection oven. The emphasis on the the time was important to me. These are not done at 8 minutes. I do not know what kind of oven that you use, but these are raw at 8
    At 8 . Minutes.

  12. 5 stars
    Hi, made these today for a cookie swap tomorrow, recipe is super easy. And wow, probably the best gingersnap cookie I’ve had, love the soft texture! The dough was slightly soft but I put it in the refrigerator for 15/20 minutes before I rolled into balls. I pressed down on my cookies prior to baking and again as soon as they came out. I didn’t want mine puffy. And yes, the 8 minute baking time is spot on! This will be my go to recipe from now on for soft gingersnap cookies!

  13. 5 stars
    I use ABV butter and this is the best cookie recipe Ever for hiding the pungent butter taste.
    Bonus the Ginger helps with nausea .

  14. 5 stars
    Just made these and they are perfection! So soft, slightly crisp and chewy around the edges. Nice and spicy. Great molasses cookies!

  15. I am not a big fan of this recipe. Bottoms were over browned at 375. They are soft because they are under done. I will go back to my tried and true recipe.

  16. just finished making th batter for your gingersnap cookie. when i made them before, (mmmmmm)
    i put then in the fridge for at least 12hrs. i do this w/all the cookies i make..i think it gives the
    butter & all the other ingredients a chance to ‘marry’ the flavors, & i taste a remarkable difference.
    these cookies are just sooo delicious, i brought my dogs groomer some last time & it’s the first
    time i saw her smile, as she told me how much she liked them! i plan on bringing her at least a
    dozen tomorrow.

  17. Maria
    I have had fun with your cookies this week. On the night of our stay at home order I delivered uncooked brown butter snickerdoodles with a container of cinnamon sugar and baking instructions. Oh and of course milk. Last night I delivered warm Andes mint chocolate cookies on plaid plates – oh and milk

  18. These cookies were AMAZING Maria! I made them thinking I’d be the only one eating them, but the kids LOVED them! Thank you!

  19. 5 stars
    These are amazing! Kids just helped me make them today and we had to try just a few more before freezing a bunch for the next cookie craving. They’re not overwhelming like gingerbread cookies are for them as we cut back on the cloves and nutmeg and rolled them in cinnamon sugar – they’re so good!

  20. 5 stars
    These were amazing. I did cook them 10 minutes. Still nice and soft but a little crunch on the edges. Perfect!! Also i used allspice in place of the nutmeg. Allspice has nutmeg plus other spices. I also used a bit more of each spice to really make the flavors pop. I made a double batch. They were gone fast. People loved them.

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