Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

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An old fashioned chewy Gingersnap cookie recipe seasoned with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and a touch of black pepper. Before baking they are rolled in cinnamon sugar to give them a little more flavor and texture. These are a holiday baking must!  



Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/4 cup sanding or granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cover baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground black pepper. Set the bowl aside for a few minutes. 
  3. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a handheld electric mixer on medium speed cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. This will take several minutes.
  4. Reduce the speed to low and add the egg and molasses mixing just until combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients mixing just until combined scraping down the bowl and beaters when needed. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  6. In a small bowl whisk together the sugar and cinnamon. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop roll the ginger snap dough into 1-inch balls using your hands and roll each cookie dough ball through the sugar.  Place on the prepared baking sheets with at least 2 1/2 inches between each cookie. 
  7. Bake 10 -11 minutes. Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes before moving the gingersnaps to a wire rack to cool.


  • Always preheat your oven and load the cookie tray on the middle rack in the center.
  • Refrigerate the ginger snap dough while you are not working with it and in between batches.
  • Fresh spices are always the best.  If you have a local spice shop, pay them a visit.  I have found that dried ground ginger as opposed to fresh ginger works best in these cookies.
  • Use a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop for equally proportioned cookies Roll the ginger snap dough into balls that are about 1 inch and get perfectly sized cookies.
  • For best results, use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. It promotes even baking, reduces spreading, and eliminates sticking.
  • Do not load the dough onto hot or warm cookie sheets as this will increase the spread.
  • Leave at least 2 1/2 inches between the cookies so they can spread and so the heat can flow around them.
  • If you have time do a test run with one or two cookies.  It really helps to establish baking time.

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