These gingersnap cookies are the perfect soft holiday cookie. The cinnamon, ginger and cloves in this recipe will make your kitchen smell amazing and your holiday guests dying for the recipe!

Soft gingersnap cookies on a baking sheet.

Soft Gingersnaps

I’m picky when it comes to my cookies, I want them *just* right. They have to be soft, but not doughy. They need to be on the thicker side and they definitely can’t be thin!

Well, I’ve perfected my gingersnap cookie recipe, and folks, these cookies are gooooood! My kids can’t get enough of these cookies. 

Traditionally, gingersnap cookies are a crunchy cookies, hence the *snap* in gingersnap. That just doesn’t work for me! I’ve never been a fan of cookies that crunch when you eat them. I love soft, chewy, thick cookies! Hopefully you do too. If you haven’t had a soft gingersnap cookie, please make this! I know you will love it. And maybe you’ll even come over to the soft cookie side 🙂 

Gingersnap cookies are the perfect holiday treat! Not only do they smell like the holidays, they taste like the holidays, too. And the best part about this recipe is that it is simple, the perfect recipe your kids can help you make! I love holiday baking with my family. I loved it when I was young, making cookies with my sister, and I love it now! 

Small balls of gingersnap cookie dough.


  • Butter, softened
  • Light brown sugar, packed
  • Egg, room temp
  • Molasses
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar, for rolling the dough in

Small balls of gingersnap cookie dough dipped in granulated sugar.

How to Make Gingersnap Cookies

  1. Cream together butter and sugar in a stand mixer or in a bowl with a hand mixer. Add the egg and molasses.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  3. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 1 hour. This step is very important! If you don’t refrigerate the dough, your cookies will spread and be flat. Chilling the gingersnap cookie dough ensures you’ll have a soft and thick cookie.
  4. Using a cookie scoop (I used this one) scoop the dough into 1 T. sized balls.
  5. Roll the tops of the cookies in granulated sugar.
  6. Bake.
  7. Refrain from eating all the cookies by yourself.

Recipe Tip

Don’t forget to chill your dough for an hour before baking. Like I said above, you want thick cookies. If we don’t chill the dough, the butter in the dough won’t be cold enough when it hits the oven and so it will make the dough spread while baking. Chilling the dough firms up the butter and keeps the cookie dough balls in their shape for longer so they don’t spread. This gives us thicker cookies instead of thin cookies.

Gingersnap cookies and a glass of milk.


What can I use instead of molasses? — Molasses isn’t a very common pantry item these days. So if you are looking for a substitute, here are a few options: Brown sugar. Since brown sugar is simply molasses added to granulated sugar, this will help bring a bit of that molasses flavor to your dough. Pure Wow suggests using ¾ cup brown sugar per 1 cup molasses. Other options include honey, granulated sugar, corn syrup, and maple syrup. However, with each of these options, you aren’t getting the true molasses flavor. Depending on which substitute you use, you may need extra water or spices. 

Why do eggs need to be at room temperature? — This is such a great question! Room temperature eggs mix better and more easily incorporate into your dough or batter mixture. The temperature of eggs also affects the baking time. If you use cold eggs, you’ll most likely need to increase your baking time. To make things easier, just use room temperature eggs! I promise you’ll be glad you did. One big reason is that room temperature eggs rise better!

If you love these cookies, try these holiday recipes

Soft gingersnap cookies on a baking sheet.
Print Review
5 from 4 votes

Soft Gingersnap Cookies

The most delicious gingersnap cookies EVER!! 
Prep Time: 12 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 8 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 24 cookies


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for rolling the dough in


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a hand mixer cream together the butter and brown sugar, about 1 minute. 
  • Add the egg and molasses. Cream 1 minute more.
  • In a medium size bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined. 
  • Cover the bowl with the dough in it. Refrigerate for 1 hour*. 
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Using a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the balls of dough. Dip the tops of the balls in the granulated sugar. 
  • Place balls, sugar side up, on a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 


*You can also scoop the dough into balls, place the dough balls on a plate, cover it. And refrigerate them for 1 hour. Either way is fine. Chilling the dough, will ensure you have thicker cookies with less spreading.
Recipe source: Salt & Baker


Calories: 149kcal (7%)Carbohydrates: 22g (7%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 6g (9%)Saturated Fat: 3g (15%)Cholesterol: 22mg (7%)Sodium: 186mg (8%)Potassium: 80mg (2%)Sugar: 13g (14%)Vitamin A: 185IU (4%)Calcium: 20mg (2%)Iron: 0.8mg (4%)
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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