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. November 9, 2013

    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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    • November 9, 2013

      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)!

  2. November 9, 2013
    Virginia Fynes

    Gingersnaps are my FAVOURITE cookie, yum! This looks like a much softer recipe than mine, a must try!
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    • November 9, 2013

      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! 🙂

  3. November 9, 2013

    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. 🙂

    • November 9, 2013

      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!

  4. November 9, 2013
    Jeanie @ create&babble

    I’m baking today, too! The Ginger Snaps look so good and your little helper is a doll!
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    • November 9, 2013

      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!

  5. November 9, 2013

    These look delicious! And your little helpers are so cute 🙂
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    • November 9, 2013

      Awww… thanks so much, Kara! They are cute – most of the time. But yes, this is a great kid-friendly recipe!

  6. November 10, 2013
    Bronwyn MayB

    I heart ginger snaps so much. I wish I could make them… but it seems like a lot of work. Also, I love the term “fancy molasses”. I imagine it with a monocle.
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    • November 10, 2013

      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!)

  7. November 10, 2013

    These look amazing! I love ginger snaps, especially around the holidays!

    Pinned for future snacking 🙂
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    • November 10, 2013

      Oh, thank you for the pin, Becky! I’m a huge fan of ginger snaps, and this recipe is my favourite so far!

  8. November 10, 2013
    Dani @ lifeovereasy

    Would you believe I have never even tried a ginger snap? I think it’s time I get on this bandwagon!
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    • November 10, 2013

      You’ve never tried a ginger snap?!? Oh, lady, you need to have one right away! They’re so good!

  9. November 11, 2013

    Baking season is just about over here but I don’t mind a ginger snap cookie it might be the exception 🙂

    Your girls are gorgeous
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  10. November 12, 2013
    Natalie Diaz

    I really liked the cookies. Ginger cookies would be a new thing to me to in this festival season and I will try this by following your instructions.

  11. November 15, 2013

    Tara, that’s how I love my ginger snaps…nice and chewy with a side of milk…oh and with TONS of little girl love added to the mix as well!
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    • November 17, 2013

      Well, there was no shortage of little girl love (and a few germs) in this batch! They got gobbed up SO quickly! 🙂


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