Crunchy, audibly snap-in-half Gingersnaps – thin ‘n crispy seasonal cookies bursting with sweet ginger, cloves and cinnamon!
We Put the ‘Snap’ in Gingersnaps!
Who’s ready for Erik’s favorite crunchy holiday cookie of this season?? Today, we’re bringing you ultra thin and crispy gingersnaps – you’ll love munching on these super crunchy festive cookies bursting with sweet ginger, cloves, and cinnamon!
This time of year, Erik and I get ready for all of the baking. But, we’re big cookie lovers here, so cookies are what we do! I hope you’re enjoying the 1st Annual Beaming Holiday Treat-a-Palooza. 🙂 Now let’s get to the snap back into Gingersnaps!
The Ingredients You Need
- Flour – use all purpose, unbleached flour
- Butter – use room temperature, unsalted butter for a cohesively smooth cookie dough
- Sugar – we’ll be using two types of sugar: granulated sugar and brown sugar below for a more complex, richer flavor of gingersnaps cookies
- Brown Sugar – we’ll be using dark brown sugar for it’s deeper flavor and higher molasses content
- Molasses – unsulphured molasses has no additives and won’t create a chemical flavor in your cookies
- Ginger, cinnamon, cloves – with the highest amount of ginger, we’ll have a delicious, bold ginger flavor complimented by warm cinnamon and a tang of cloves
- Egg – make sure your egg is room temperature for a smooth, consistent dough
- Baking Soda and Salt
What is a Gingersnap?
A gingersnap is a cookie (or a biscuit) that is usually crisp, crunchy, and flavored with ginger, cinnamon, and other spices, and sweetened with molasses.
Gingersnaps can also be soft and chewy, unlike today’s thin ‘n crispy recipe. Ginger cookies are said to have come from Europe and bought to America from Dutch, German and English settlers. 
What do Gingersnaps taste like?
Gingersnaps taste like a sweet, molasses-tinged cookie with the zest of sweet ginger, warm cinnamon and a dash of cloves.
How to Make Gingersnap Cookies
To make gingersnap cookies, we won’t be starting with preheating the oven—this is because the cookie dough will need to chill.
Make the Gingersnaps Cookie Dough
First, whisk to combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt. Set aside.
Then, pull out your stand mixer to cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium high.
Add molasses and mix in. Okay, but how gorgeous is the cookie dough after adding in the molasses?!? ꜜ
Decreasing the mixer speed to medium-low, beat in the egg.
Further reducing the mixer speed to low, slowly add in the dry ingredients mixture until combined.
Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Freeze the Gingersnaps Cookie Dough
Transfer the dough into an airtight container and freeze for 3-4 hours, until firm but scoopable.
This will help the flavors deepen and infuse into the dough, but also make handling the dough easier.
Bake the Gingersnaps
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Then, line a cookie sheet in parchment paper.
Scoop and drop 1-inch balls of dough into your hands.
Quickly roll into a sphere and coat in sugar.
Then, drop onto the prepared cookie sheet, spaced evenly apart with ample room for lots of spread.
Bake for about 16 minutes, then allow cookies to firm up on the sheet for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle sugar over each cookie.
Then, cool and enjoy the best crispy gingersnaps!
Can You Freeze Gingersnaps?
Yes, you can freeze gingersnaps! You can freeze them fully baked or just the cookie dough. I’ll show you how below.
To freeze the dough
To freeze unbaked cookie dough, place in an airtight container in the freezer for 1-2 months. You can also keep the cookie dough in the fridge for 1-2 days.
To freeze baked gingersnaps
Cool baked cookies completely, then store in an airtight container for 1-3 months in the freezer.
Tools You Need
Beaming Holiday Treat-a-Palooza! ❄️ 🎁 🍪
Welcome to the 1st Annual Beaming Holiday Treat-a-Palooza! I’ll be sharing new festive treats throughout the season… check here for the updates!
Make This Holiday Season a Snap!
Thank you, truly, for spending the holidays with me… Erik and I wish you a safe, joyful, and positively festive holiday season! ‘Til next time…
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️Print
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