Chewy Gingersnap Cookies

These Chewy Gingersnap Cookies are perfect if you’re in the mood for a soft and chewy cookie that has crispy edges and a nice warmth from ginger and cinnamon!Chewy Gingersnap Cookies stacked on a plate

They are delicious alongside a hot cup of tea for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon treat or as an easy Christmas cookie for any holiday cookie spread.

In fact, come to think of it, these gingersnap cookies would be ideal for a holiday cookie exchange or as a gift that you can combine with some delicious Classic Pumpkin Bread or Pumpkin Pie Streusel Muffins.Chewy Gingersnap Cookies stacked on a plate

And if you are looking for a good make-ahead cookie recipe then you won’t be disappointed as these gingersnaps stay incredibly soft for days and also freeze very well.

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These cookies can be made ahead of time?

  • You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days or freeze it for up to 3 months (before rolling in sugar). When you are ready to bake them, let them reach room temperature for 30 minutes, preheat the oven, roll them in the granulated sugar and then bake.
  • You can also store baked cookies in an airtight container somewhere cool and dry in your kitchen for a few days or freeze them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy them, simply thaw them overnight in the refrigerator and bring them to room temperature before serving.

ARE GINGERSNAP COOKIES SPICY?

  • Gingersnap cookies are not the hot kind of spicy but rather have a lovely warmth from the ginger and cinnamon added.

WHY ARE THESE COOKIES CALLED GINGERSNAPS?

  • These cookies are usually quite crispy so they can make a “snap” when broken and are filled with ginger hence the name gingersnap cookies. My recipe version of the traditional gingersnap cookie is more chewy on the inside while crisp on the edges.
  • You can think of these as the cookie version of gingerbread!

WHAT IS MOLASSES & WHY IS MOLASSES USED IN BAKING?

  • Molasses is a thick, dark syrup that comes about during the sugar making process and provides a rich brown sugar flavor to baked goods without making them too sweet.

TIPS FOR MAKING CHEWY GINGERSNAP COOKIES

  • Chilling the dough for this recipe is a very important step not to be skipped otherwise you risk not getting that lovely crackle across the top of the cookies.
  • Make sure to keep any extra dough refrigerated between trays of cookies going in and out of your oven to maintain that chill.

CHEWY GINGERSNAP COOKIES

  1. Beat butter and sugar together in the bowl of a standing mixer or using a hand mixer.butter, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat to combine.
  3. Beat in molasses.eggs, vanilla and molasses being added into mixing bowl
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, ginger, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda. Mix dry ingredients into butter/sugar mixture until combined.Gingersnap cookie dough in a mixing bowl
  5. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Scoop sections of dough and roll into balls. Roll the balls in granulated sugar and space at least 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.cookie balls being rolled in sugar and placed on baking sheet
  8. Bake for 12 minutes until cookies are spread evenly, a crackle has formed in the top, and the cookies are beginning to brown around the bottom edges.baked cookies on baking sheet
  9. Remove from oven. Allow to cool for several minutes and then transfer to cooling rack to cool.Chewy Gingersnap Cookies stacked on a plate

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5 from 2 votes

CHEWY GINGERSNAP COOKIES

These Chewy Gingersnap Cookies are perfect if you’re in the mood for a soft and chewy cookie that has crispy edges and a nice warmth from ginger and cinnamon!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chilling 1 hour

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup salted butter softened 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

Instructions

  • Beat butter and sugar together in the bowl of a standing mixer or using a hand mixer.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and beat to combine.
  • Beat in molasses.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together flour, ginger, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  • Mix dry ingredients into butter/sugar mixture until combined.
  • Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Scoop sections of dough and roll into balls. Roll the balls in granulated sugar and space at least 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12 minutes until cookies are spread evenly, a crackle has formed in the top, and the cookies are beginning to brown around the bottom edges.
  • Remove from oven. Allow to cool for several minutes and then transfer to cooling rack to cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made these cookies this week. Everyone loved them.

    1. 5 stars
      These cookies are wonderful ❤️