Best Ever Soft and Chewy Gingersnap Cookies

A soft and chewy gingersnap cookie is one of my favorite cookies on the planet. You are going to love the flavor and texture of these best ever soft and chewy gingersnap cookies, and it’s perfect for the holidays.

Gingersnap Cookies

I have a great love for cookies. It’s not quite as obsessive as my love for cake, but it’s pretty darn close. Cookies were the first thing I baked with my mom, and what I loved to bake as a kid growing up. They’re easy. They’re fast. They’re delicious. What’s not to love about a cookie?

While my go-to cookie is a chocolate chip cookie (with dark chocolate), my second favorite cookie in the whole-wide-world is a gingersnap.

Why is it called a gingersnap cookie?

The traditional way of making this cookie creates a thin, crunchy texture – so when you bite into the cookie or break it in half… it snaps!

What’s different about a soft and chewy gingersnap cookie?

My soft and chewy gingersnap cookies have the same great flavor as a traditional gingersnap but aren’t crunchy. These giant, molasses and ginger-filled cookies have a soft and chewy texture when you bite into them. I added a little texture to the cookies by rolling them in coarse sugar.

What makes gingersnap cookies soft and chewy?

To create the soft and chewy texture of this cookie, I’m using all brown sugar, plus molasses.

Ingredients you need for gingersnap cookies

  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Molasses
  • Ground ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • All-purpose flour
  • Coarse decorating sugar

Tips for making gingersnap cookies

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F for about 20 to 30 minutes prior to baking the cookies. This extra preheat time helps your cookies rise evenly.
  • Start with slightly cold butter. Cold butter ensures your cookies don’t fall flat. Pro tip: cut your butter into cubes before adding it to the mixer to make it easier to beat.
  • Beat the butter and sugar for a couple of minutes on their own, until light and fluffy in texture.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients before adding them to the mixture to ensure the spices are evenly distributed.
  • Roll the cookies in decorating sugar because will add a delicious crunch to the cookie, while also making it look extra gorgeous!

How many cookies does this recipe make?

This recipe will make 17 three-ounce cookies or 34 one-and-a-half-ounce cookies.

  • 3-ounce cookies – bake them for 14 to 15 minutes.
  • 1.5-ounce cookies – bake them for 12 to 13 minutes.

Christmas Cookies

Gingersnap cookies are one of my favorite cookies to make during the holiday season. I love gifting plates of gingersnap cookies to neighbors and friends. Can’t wait for you to try these delicious Christmas cookies this season!

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Gingersnap Cookies

5 from 20 votes
Soft and chewy gingersnap cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, slightly cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses, regular
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarse sugra


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer, combine the butter and brown sugar. Beat together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Add the eggs and molasses. Beat until smooth, about another 2 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
  • Using a cookie scoop, create 3-ounce or 1.5-ounce balls of cookie dough. Roll the dough in the coarse sugar.
  • Bake 3-ounce cookies for 14 to 15 minutes.
  • Bake 1.5-ounce cookies for 11 to 13 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely before serving.
Cuisine Cookies
Course Dessert
Keyword cookies, Easy Cookie recipe, Gingersnap, Gingersnap Cookie

Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these cookies last Christmas and they were a huge hit!!! Everyone in the family enjoyed them. The oven couldn’t keep up with them!!

  2. 5 stars
    Just made my first batch and they are so good! Rolled them in Sugar in the Raw and it gives the perfect crunch to these soft chewy cookies. Mine turned out darker in color but think that must be due to the type of molasses I used. Will definitely make these again!

    1. 5 stars
      I made this recipe for the first time and they are absolutely the best gingersnaps I’ve ever had. I’ve made several other gingersnap recipes over the years and this one reigns supreme. My husband agreed they’re the best he’s ever had too. Will definitely make again!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi! I found these last year and they were the hit of the party! I’m attempting to make them now but my dough seems pretty dry/course. Any suggestions?