Soft and Chewy Ginger Snap Cookies

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When I first think of a ginger snap cookie, I immediately think of the store-bought variety. They’re thin, crisp and extremely sharp in taste.

They’re good, but they’re not everyone’s cup of tea.  

But that’s not the kind of ginger snap I’m sharing here. Instead, this ginger snap is soft and chewy. The ginger is just enough – not too “hot” (as Lucy would call it) – it has the right amount of warmth and spice. 

This recipe is a simple one – so simple that the girls practically made it on their own.

Well… except for a few Control Freak Mother moments. But those were few and far between.

Ginger Snap Cookies
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  1. 3/4 cup butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/4 cup fancy molasses
  5. 2 cups flour
  6. 1 tbsp ginger
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 2 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2 cup sugar (on a plate)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine butter, sugar, egg, and molasses until mixed
  3. Combine dry ingredients
  4. Add dry mixture to wet and mix
  5. Roll into 1" balls and roll through plate of sugar
  6. Place balls on cookie sheet
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes
  8. Let cool for approximately 3 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack
  9. Enjoy!

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The girls loved rolling the balls in the sugar. If you’re worried about whether the balls need to be perfectly round – they don’t. 

Ours were totally malformed, and they still came out quite pretty. 

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Lila took her job as sugar-coater quite seriously. Her cookies were the sweetest. 

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Which made them even more delicious.

Especially with a glass of milk. 

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Or just on their own. Like when you happen to walk past a plate of them on the counter. 

These cookies also freeze really well. This is helpful if you’re the type of person who might eat that entire plate of cookies. I find that the freezer really slows down the cookie-inhalation. 

Baking season has begun! Who else is excited?!?!


  1. says

    Oh yum! When I lived in Montana, a bakery in town sold amazingly soft and yummy ginger snap cookies. My son and I used to love stopping in for them because they were so different! Can’t wait to make a batch of these and share them with him! He’ll be thrilled with the cookies and the memory! Pinned it! Thanks Tara!
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    • Tara says

      Danni – You’ll have to let me know what you think of them! They are SUCH a hit in our house (even for our slightly picky girls)!

    • Tara says

      They’re my favourite cookie to have with tea or milk. They’re a perfect comfort food! Let me know if you try them, Virginia! :)

  2. says

    I love Ginger Snaps. Every time I go to IKEA I’d buy up stocks in them and then eat them all within days. So needless to say I am totally going to try this recipe. :)

    • Tara says

      Oh, I have not ever tried ginger snaps from Ikea. Ooooh… is this a secret treat that I don’t know about?

      But yes, this recipe is delish! They’re so soft!

    • Tara says

      Oh, thank you so much Jeanie! I’m going to start getting a start on my Christmas baking. I want to have a smorgasbord of goodies by the time holiday season rolls around!

    • Tara says

      You’d be surprised at how easy these are! If my four year old can make them, then you can, lady!

      (Also, yes, the phrase “fancy molasses” is too lovely over the tongue. It feels like I should be in a different century!)


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