Gingersnap Cookies

Gingersnaps are the perfect holiday cookie with crispy edges and chewy centers

Gingersnap Cookies are a favorite holiday cookie! This easy cookie recipe is chewy, a little spicy, sweet, and festive! Gingersnaps should be slightly crisp at the edges with a chewy, soft center and this recipe is perfect!

The Best Gingersnap Cookies ever are easy, chewy and crinkly!

I will be the first to admit, I have never been a huge gingersnap cookie girl. Spiced cookies have never been a first-choice cookie. BUT last year during my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies I shared my recipe for Soft Molasses Cookies and…well…I loved them. They are an entirely different texture than the Gingersnaps I am sharing today, but the taste is similar. So I had a feeling if I could develop a chewy version of that molasses cookie, it would be a winner. And I will tell you…they are DEFINITELY a winner!

Crackly tops on this gingersnap cookie recipe

What are Gingersnaps?

Gingersnaps are a chewy cookie flavored with ginger and nutmeg, that are chewy and “snap” when broken. They are very similar to a molasses cookie, or even gingerbread, but it’s all about the texture with a good gingersnap! The outside is supposed to be crisp, and the inside chewy, and the recipe I am sharing today is exactly that. I promise you, even if you think you don’t like gingersnap cookies, I will win you over. These are GOOD!

AND they are the 6th cookie in the 12 Days of Christmas Cookie series! I can’t believe we are halfway done. If you missed any of the first 5 recipes, I am recapping them all at the bottom of this post!

making gingersnap cookies and rolling them in sugar

How do you make Gingersnap Cookies?

Gingersnaps are super easy to make! There is no chill time necessary for the dough and you use a cookie scoop to portion it out! Make sure to roll the dough into a ball and then in a little granulated sugar. This gives them the crackly tops!

When you bake these cookies, they spread out a decent amount, so make sure you are giving them plenty of space on the baking sheet! I have made the mistake of placing them too close together and they all baked into each other!

Gingersnap Cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside!

These gingersnap cookies are easily the most festive of all holiday cookies! They are a warm, cozy cookie, perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Even my kids who didn’t think they liked gingersnap cookies were won over. I hope you try them, because I know you will love them as much as we do!


Gingersnap Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


Easy and CHEWY Gingersnap Cookies! These are a holiday favorite!


  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the molasses, egg, baking soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon. Mix for another 1 minute, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour. Mix until just combined.
  4. Place the remaining sugar in a small bowl, set aside.
  5. Using a medium (2- tablespoon sized) cookie scoop portion out dough. Roll the dough into balls and then roll the balls in the sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheet 2- inches apart.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges are lightly golden and appear “crinkly”.
  7. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.


Store airtight for up to 5 days.

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Catch up on all the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

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Day 2: Crock Pot Peppermint Pretzel Candy

Day 3: Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Day 4: Peanut Butter Balls

Day 5: Cookies and Cream Marshmallow Bars

Day 6: Gingersnap Cookies

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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27 Responses

    This is the perfect gingersnap recipe. I just made 30 cookies & substituted the Cane sugar with Monk fruit sugar (my husband is a mild diabetic). I sprinkled abit of the cane sugar on the tops, and I must say that this is a 5 star recipe. I use spices that are abit pricey for holiday baking and BOY! What a difference! No problems whatsoever with taste or texture.
    Thank you Shelley for a “keeper’ recipe & will try the many others I’ve saved on your website and will post as completed
    ( I’m assuming all these cookie recipes can be frozen for gift-giving at a later date). Again, Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  2. Dave

    This was the perfect recipe at the perfect time. I made 4 dozen for a Church charity function. Thank you SO much for a simple but delicious cookie! They were a BIG hit and no leftovers!

  3. Kathy

    These ginger snap cookies are perfect! Slightly crunchy on the bottom and tender on the inside. I doubled the recipe and I did add a little extra ginger.

  4. Kayan

    I agree… I just made these and ginger is not coming through as much as I liked… I will try to double the ginger amount next time.

  5. Melinda

    These are so addictive! I love them, but I add double the amount of ground ginger which is why I gave the recipe 4 stars.

  6. Min Green

    Very good cookie! Beginner friendly, but not the most accessible recipe. The baker is expected to have kitchen gadgets not everyone might have… It might be useful to include alternative ways to cook, like without a stand mixer or cookie scooper?

  7. Kara

    Just made these. It’s a great simple recipe the only thing is I felt when making the dough that there wasn’t enough ginger and it tasted more of cinnamon than ginger. So I added more ginger in the dough and I’m glad I did cause it came out much better and tasted much more like a gingersnap. I feel if I kept the recipe the same it would have been more of a cinnamon cookie. Still a simple and easy recipe. Thank you.

  8. Aleigh

    Unlike you Shelly, I am a ginger cookie ADDICT! I absolutely love this recipe. It is the BEST recipe on the internet. (And I’ve tried MANY!) A perfect cookie texture. Thank you for sharing! Only downside? My husband apparently likes ginger snaps now and so I have to share…maybe;)

  9. Ron

    I made these recently, for my wife. They were wonderful. Crinkly and crunchy with a soft, wonderfully center. The flavor was amazing. I am making a double batch tomorrow. The perfect Ginger Snap.

  10. Amy

    Hi Shelley,
    I’m so sad I made these last night and they don’t even look like the picture. They are a little more rounded than flat and hard as a rock? Do you have any advice on what I did wrong?

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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