Really Good Gingersnaps

It won’t be long before we’ll all be baking for Christmas.  A cookie that I make nearly every Christmas is a Gingersnap whose recipe I got from a friend back in 2003.

I’d like to call this the best ever Gingersnap cookie, but my grandmother baked those and I don’t have her recipe, so I’ll call these Really Good Gingersnaps.  They really are good.  So good that I have trouble eating just one.Really Good Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

I’m sharing my Really Good Gingersnaps as part of Cookie Week hosted by Maryann of Domestically Speaking.  You’ll find links to all of the cookies shared this week at the end of this post.

Really Good Gingersnaps

I love making this gingersnap cookie every year at Christmas.  Gingersnaps are good any time, but for some reason I think of them as a Christmas cookie, probably because they were one of many cookies that my grandmother shared with us each year at Christmas.Really Good Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

This gingersnap cookie recipe produces a cookie that is crisp on the outside with a soft and chewy middle.  Really Good Gingersnap Cookie

Ginger and cinnamon make these gingersnaps smell as good as they taste.Really Good Gingersnap Cookie

My neighborhood has a wonderful tradition at Christmas.  We make plates of cookies for each other and deliver them to each house. 

This gingersnap is always on my cookie plate along with peanut butter bars, and chocolate crinkles.Really Good Gingersnap Cookie

To make the cookies uniform in size, I use a 1″ cookie scoop.  

To add an extra bit of crunch to the outside of the cookie, I roll each cookie dough ball in a mixture of sugar, ginger, and cinnamon before they are baked.Really Good Gingersnap Cookie

If you want to make a larger cookie, use a larger cookie scoop and bake them a tad bit longer.

Yield: 46 Cookies

Really Good Gingersnaps

Really Good Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

This Gingersnap cookie is crisp on the outside with a soft and chewy inside. Flavored with both ginger and cinnamon, these cookies taste as good as they smell.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 T ginger, plus 1/4 tsp
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, plus 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses


  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in egg and molasses
  3. Add dry ingredients.
  4. Mix well and chill one hour.
  5. Roll into one inch balls and roll in sugar mixture (Mix together 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp ginger.)
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Rotate cookie sheets after 5 minutes.


Use a cookie scoop for uniform sized cookies.

Watch cookies closely as oven baking time can vary.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g
You won’t regret making this gingersnap cookie.  They really are very good.  

This batch is in my freezer, ready to be served in December.

Cookie Week Cookie Recipes

Be sure to check out all of the cookie recipes shared this week.  I can’t wait to read these posts and pin each recipe to try in December.Holiday Cookie Blog Hop

These cookies all look so good!  I know that you will get some great ideas for this year’s holiday baking.

Monday’s Cookies

Christmas M&M Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Almond Horn Cookies

Santa’s Whiskers Christmas Cookies

Tuesday’s Cookies

No Bake Cookies

Really Good Gingersnaps

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie

Wednesday’s Cookies

No Bake Cookies

Easy No Bake Peppermint Gingersnap Cookies

Italian Horn Cookie Recipe

Easy Spritz Cookies (not pictured)

Thursday’s Cookies

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Christmas Seven Layer Bars

Christmas Surprise Cookie Recipe

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Easy Holiday Nutmeg Cookies

Friday’s Cookies

Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

Holiday Coconut Apricot Bars

Traditional Christmas Cookies



More Delicious Cookie Recipes


  1. The warm spices and the soft middle sound just what I love about baking during these cooler months. I am definitely adding these delectable cookies to my cookie exchange list.
    It’s fun to share Christmas cookie with neighbors, isn’t it?
    Thanks for sharing, Paula.

  2. Oh… you are so good… It doesn’t even cross my mind to eat just one! (Thus you look like you do, and I look like I do! LOL!) AND, you even put them in the freezer! You are my hero! These ginger snap cookies look perfect, and I love that you roll them in a mix with ginger added, too… makes them extra gingery, which is always a good thing! Pinned and shared! Love hopping with you, dear friend!

    1. I have no self control when it comes to cookies, Julie! The freezer keeps me out of this batch and I’ll thaw them to use for goodie plates that I make for our neighbors each Christmas.


  3. Paula, my mother-in-law’s gingersnaps are legendary in our family. We actually baked dozens of them and gave them out as favors at our winter wedding! This recipe looks a little healthier as it doesn’t include crisco LOL. I’ll definitely have to try your recipe…I love how you roll them in sugar, ginger and cinnamon before baking. Yum! I’m so happy to join you on this hop, my friend 🙂

    1. I have a recipe that includes Crisco that is also very good. I think that cookie is a bit crisper than this recipe. I love that you used cookies as a favor for your winter wedding.


  4. Paula, these look picture perfect and sound delicious. I don’t think I have ever had a gingersnap cookie but I think this may be the year to give them a try!

  5. These look so pretty and I am sure they taste and smell amazing! I am always looking for cookie recipes because each year I attend a cookie swap party. I am sure these would be a hit! Can’t wait to check out all the recipes…as they say, “the diet starts tomorrow!”..

  6. Oh, these sound so delicious! It seems like most gingersnaps I’ve had are crunchy. I’d love to try your recipe that’s chewy inside. I bet the house smells divine while they’re cooking, too:)

    1. My house smelled so good. When my husband came home the day that I made these, his first comment was that the house smelled great. Then he went to find the cookies!


    1. I was pretty happy when I saw the calculation of 70 calories per cookie. Of course I’m not the type that can easily stop at one cookie, but they definitely won’t break the calorie bank if you have self control.


  7. Paula these look so yummy and I love that they are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I have never made these before and can’t wait to add them to our holiday baking list. Happy to be on the cookie hop with you friend.

  8. Paula,

    I’ve never tried making gingersnap cookies, but I think you’ve talked me into it. These look amazing! Sending you big hugs!

    xo Trish

  9. Paula, these cookies look amazing! Looking at them, I could almost smell the ginger! I have never made gingersnaps, but will be trying them this year for my cookie exchange. Pinned!

  10. These look really good. I love gingersnaps, but I don’t think I’ve ever made them! I’m featuring them today at Thursday Favorite Things.

  11. Just getting my batches ready for the oven. Question…do you flatten them after you roll them or do they flatten in the oven?

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