Chewy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside, Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies are a perfect blend of spices and molasses. This really is the best Old-Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies recipe I have ever tried, that is also a treasured family holiday tradition.
Old fashioned gingersnap cookies
This family Christmas ginger recipe belonged to my Gramma Allen, she was the sweetest person I ever knew and a such wonderful cook.
Going to her house for dinner was the best and gramma would have these gingersnaps cookies ready in a beautiful cookie tin for dessert.
I would often sneak so many cookies before dinner that my Grandma would warn me that I would have no room left if I didn't stop. They are indeed irresistible even for people who say they do not like gingersnaps.
Our children now know my mom for making these delicious vintage cookies and they are one of their favorite holiday cookies.
I love recipes that are steeped deeply in tradition and instantly bring back cherished family memories. Don't you, this is one such recipe for me.
It is my honour to publish this special ginger cookies recipe today, and I hope you will try them to be part your family's recipe box to enjoy as well.
Why you'll love this ginger cookie recipe
- Easy to make nostalgic holiday recipe
- The best gingersnap recipe I have ever tried
- Non ginger cookie lovers enjoy them
- Great for holiday cookie exchanges or boxing for food gifts
Ingredients for easy gingersnap cookies
- Butter at room temperature
- All purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Cinnamon spice
- Molasses for soft gingernap cookies with molasses
- Granulated sugar
How to make gingersnap cookies recipe
1. In large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
2. In a separate, medium-sized mixing bowl, or bowl from stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and shortening together until fluffy.
3. Gradually add in granulated sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on medium for 30 seconds after each addition.
5. Add molasses, mix until well-combined.
6. Gradually add in flour mixture, mixing on low speed until combined.
7. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet by heaping teaspoon.
8. Bake in 350°F oven for 10 minutes. If you want crunchier cookies, bake for two minutes longer.
9. Remove from oven and cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer immediately to cooling rack.
Variations for crispy gingersnap cookies
We feel the best variation for gingersnap cookies is to dip half of the cookie in white chocolate or drizzle it on top. So good and looks good!
Dark chocolate would also pair well with this soft gingersnap cookie recipe with molasses.
Making iced gingersnap cookies is another good idea.
Turbinado sugar pairs well with gingersnap cookies by sprinkling it on top of these cookies before baking.
Rolling them in cinnamon sugar before baking is also delicious!
Sandra's top tips for making the best gingersnap cookies recipe
- Room temperature butter and eggs for this ginger recipe is a must
- Using high quality ingredients always makes a big difference in the taste of you cookies
- Measure the flour correctly by scooping with a spoon into the measuring cup and level off with a knife for best results
- Leave plenty of space on the baking sheet for the cookie balls as they spread
- We like gingersnap cookies recipe soft, If you want the snap or crunch leave them in the oven for a few more minutes watching closely
Storage and freezing instructions for soft gingersnap cookies
Storing best crispy gingersnap cookies
Store in an airtight container for 5 to 7 days.
Can you freeze chewy gingersnap cookies?
Yes you can! Place in a freezer-safe container and freeze for 2 to 3 months.
Thaw at room temperature before serving.
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Note: This post was updated on October 20, 2023 from 2020 to update the images and add more detailed notes.