Soft and Chewy Gingersnaps

I love gingersnaps. They are definitely one of my all-time favorite cookies. When I was thinking about what cookies to make for today’s 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies post I knew I had to make these delicious cookies. This is my Mom’s favorite gingersnap recipe that she has been making for years, and I LOVE them! Their texture is perfect: the edges are crispy, but they are soft and chewy on the inside.

Notice that some of the cookies above look a little different. I tried three different techniques when I was rolling the dough. The smoother ones were rolled into balls and then rolled into sugar. The one in the top right corner was made the same way, but I flattened them using a glass before baking. For the crinkly ones in the middle, I used a cookie scoop, but I didn’t roll them into smooth balls before rolling them in sugar, I just left them rough. You can decide the style you like the best.

Soft and Chewy Gingersnaps
Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced

2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (may use shortening or margarine)
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4-5 cups flour*
4 teaspoons baking soda
1-2 teaspoons ginger*
1-2 teaspoons cloves*
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
granulated sugar (to roll the cookies in prior to baking)

Cream together brown sugar and butter. Then add eggs and molasses; beat well. Combine dry ingredients and mix together. Chill dough. Then form into 1″ balls and roll in sugar. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 min. Do not over bake, the cookies will harden as they cool. Makes 5-8 dozen. (I used a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop and made about 5 dozen cookies)

* I used 4 cups flour, 2 teaspoons ginger, and 1 teaspoon cloves.

This recipe makes a lot of cookies!! Perfect for sharing around the holidays. You can bake them ahead of time and freeze them. Or you could freeze the dough in balls prior to baking. Then you can take some out and bake them when you have a craving and your house will smell heavenly!

I can’t believe we are already on Week 5 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies and Sweets! Every week there are so many wonderful treats posted! Be sure to check out all the fabulous treats below, I know I will! :)

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13 Responses to Soft and Chewy Gingersnaps

  1. I love gingersnaps too! My recipe bakes up only a small amount (I usually double it) so I’ll give these a try. Love to have them with a nice cup of tea!

  2. These look great. My dad LOVES gingersnaps, so I’m going to try making these for him this holiday season! Beautiful photos, too!

  3. these look awesome + your pictures are always just so gorgeous. love ‘em! nicely done. =)

  4. Mmmm.. I like how you showed us 3 different styles. I have a recipe I like for Ginger Cookies but I always like to try new ones. These look so good!

  5. I have never had a gingersnap that is soft oooor chewy. I am sold though because thats exactly why I don’t like them – I hate hard crunchy cookies – but love the flavor of a gingersnap. These sound like heaven!

  6. They look perfect!

  7. Love Gingersnaps! I made some this week that were almost my choice for this weeks entry on the blog hop. I am glad I waited to post them. Yours look wonderful!

  8. They look yummy. Which way do you like them, smooth or rough?

  9. Oh these look fantastic! They definitely look soft and chewy and perfect for the holidays! :)

  10. Beautiful! I think those may just be my favorite kind of cookie. :)

  11. BreAna,
    My husband loves gingersnaps, I can’t wait to make these cookies! Your recipes are always so good. BTW, I just saw that you pinned a couple of the recipes from my blog (Meditations for the Heart, now The Purposeful Mom) on Pinterest, that was so awesome of you! Have a great day!

  12. Gingersnaps are the ideal holiday cookie for me.

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