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Two Peas and Their Pod: Soft Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Soft Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Happy December! Let the holiday baking begin! I love this time of year! I have a LONG list of things I want to bake this month. I will be making my favorite, classic recipes, but I also have a few new things to experiment with. I will try to post them as fast as I bake them:)

To kick off the holiday baking season, I made a batch of soft gingersnap cookies. I love my gingersnaps SOFT! The key is taking them out at 8 minutes on the dot. They won't look done, but just trust me, they are ready to come out of the oven. Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for a minute or two and then transfer them to a cooling rack. If you follow my instructions, you will enjoy soft and tender gingersnaps... and I think that is the best way to enjoy them!

Our house smelled amazing while the cookies were baking. The ginger, cinnamon, and molasses smell filled each room with holiday cheer! Give these classic cookies a try-your friends and family will love them..if you decide to share that is:) And remember, don't over bake!

I am submitting these cookies to Susan at Food Blogga. She is hosting Season 3 of Eat Christmas Cookies. You can submit a cookie too, the last day to participate is Dec. 20th. To view all of the fabulous cookies click here. New cookies will be added all month long, so visit often:) Thanks to Susan for hosting such a fun event. I love cookies!

Soft Gingersnap Cookies

(Printable Recipe)

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup molasses
White sugar-to roll the cookie dough in

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices in a medium bowl. Whisk the ingredients together.
3. With a mixer, combine the butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. This will take a couple of minutes.
4. Add in the egg and vanilla extra. Mix until well combined.
5. Add in the molasses. Mix until the molasses is combined with the other ingredients.
6. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture. Add in a little at a time until all of the flour is mixed in.
7. Form the dough into Tablespoon sized balls. Roll the dough in white sugar.
8. Place the cookie dough balls on a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Make sure they are a couple inches apart.
9. I pressed down on the cookies slightly to help them flatten out. If you like puffy cookies, don't press them down.
10. Bake for 8 minutes and NO longer. You want them to stay soft! Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for a minute or two, then transfer to a cooling rack.
11. Enjoy!

If you like these gingersnap cookies, you might also like:
Gingersnap Lemon Sherbert Sandwiches from Dessert First
Gingersnaps with Orange Ginger Cream Filling from Recipe Girl
Gingersnaps from Baking with Dynamite
Spicy Ginger Crinkle Cookies from The Canadian Baker

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Blogger Erica said...

owwwwww! I love that they're soft. Totally delicious. Perfect for a Cookie Exchange or Christmas party.

4:35 AM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

Oooh so delicious! They look like perfect, chewy yummy cookies! Great as gifts a Xmas too! Love 'em!

5:18 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Thanks, Maria!! Can't wait to try these.

5:23 AM  
Blogger Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Love that those are chewy! Can't wait to make them for my Mom!

5:27 AM  
Blogger Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

I am loving all these Christmas cookie recipes this month. I love a soft chewy cookie.

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Donalyn said...

I can't wait to try these - I love soft molasses/spice cookies!

6:10 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

Can't wait to see all you decide to make! These look yummy. Thanks for the linky love :)

6:11 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

They look WONDERFUL!! I bet they they taste pretty awesome too :) I'm the same way with my peanut butter cookies, take them out at the time I say, not when you think they are done LOL Nice and chewy :)

6:14 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I found a really good recipe I want to try. I've had a hankering for making thick, chewy ginger cookies. I think I've found it. I need to make them today because just like you said I love that smell when they are baking.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

I also LOVE soft ginger cookies! Yum!!

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Why do I see ginger snap ice cream swammichs in my future... sigh...

6:29 AM  
Blogger tspegar said...

i can not resist a soft cookie :) yum! i love soft, chewy cookies!

6:46 AM  
Blogger tspegar said...

i can not resist a soft cookie! yum! i love soft, chewy cookies!

6:48 AM  
Blogger VeggieGirl said...

My all-time favorite Christmas cookie!

6:48 AM  
Blogger kat said...

I don't know if I've ever had a soft gingersnap, sounds really good

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Nicole (dishin') said...

These look so good. A classic Christmas cookie!

7:17 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

My cookies always turn out harder than I want them to. I will try this recipe and watch for 8 minutes!!!! They really look terrific.

7:25 AM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

I am looking forward to all the sweet recipes you will post throughout the month. I definitely want to bake something (at least once) this holiday season.

These gingersnap cookies would be a hit at my office for sure.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

my list is long too, i doubt i'll get to it all! love these soft gingersnaps :)

7:37 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Oh yum! My family makes similar cookies every Christmas (and we also make them at the bakery daily). I agree -- ginger molasses cookies are best soft and chewy!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookies! But they have to be soft like this one. Great recipe!

8:13 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

My absolute favorite cookie! My best friend makes them every christmas and they are delicious. Mmmm think I will make some this week.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Looks like a great cookie! I love them slightly underbaked too!

8:34 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

i can't believe it's december already. sigh.
meanwhile, great cookies--i like my gingersnaps less snappy. ;)

10:00 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

I love gingersnaps soft too! These sound so great and it is a type of cookie I haven't made before.

Thanks for mentioning the cookie round up. I think I'll submit some of mine and now I have all kinds of new cookie ideas. !

11:12 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I've been looking for a certain soft ginger cookie that someone gave me once and trying to duplicate it. I will have to try these!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous kellypea said...

I'm all over soft gingersnaps. But the crunchy version makes AMAZING crust for cheesecake ; ) I can just imagine the aroma of these yummy cookies.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

I love my gingersnaps soft so these are perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

12:16 PM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look fantastic! Perfect and delicious looking!



12:39 PM  
Anonymous Noel said...

Hi Maria!

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the muffin recipe. They are real easy. No one like Ginger snaps but me in my family and yours looks like a great one! I'm a sucker for chewy cookies. Can't wait to try them! Happy Holidays!

1:09 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Those look so wonderful!

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Dana said...

Those look like they just might be the perfect elusive gingersnap I have been looking for!

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I make gingersnap cookies and dip them in white chocolate. My neighbors request them every year. They are sooo yummy!

I agree with you, they must be soft!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

They look great! And perfectly shaped. Although I like my gingersnaps to snap so I can dunk them in my coffee, I know a little boy who would LOVE these soft ones!

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently tried a gingersnap recipe that was not so good. This one looks much, much better. I'll have to give it a go!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

This is funny! I also have a soft ginger cookie on my blog right now. It is very similar to yours with a few different ingredients. I'll have to give your version a try. I love the soft ones too.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Melanie Anne said...

These look so good! I have been looking for a gingersanp recipe that does not use shortening. I tried substituting butter for shortening in my Grandma's (my favorite) recipe--but it did not turn out. I am excited to try your recipe! i agree with you--gingersnaps do make your house smell amazing!!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Yay for holiday baking! Soft gingersnaps sound like such a huge crowd pleaser - yum!

9:06 PM  
Blogger Goldilocks said...

Love your blog and the recipes. This looks like a great one! How did you add the "find it here" feature- I want to add it to my blog and can't figure it out.

6:52 AM  
Blogger Susan from Food Blogga said...

Mmmm... I can smell them from here. :) These look perfect, Maria, and make a festive addition to our Christmas cookie round-up. Happy Holidays, my dear!

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Allison Arevalo said...

I love gingersnap cookies! Why have I never thought to make them before. I have to say Maria, I so love your blog. Your writing and your recipes are just so inviting. Always a treat reading your posts :)

8:22 AM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

So perfect for the season! you do love your cookies, don't you? :)

8:28 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

so if it's soft... isn't it just a gingerbread cookie then?? either way... looks delicious!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

These sound wonderful, Maria. I love a chewy cookie now and then.

8:56 AM  
Blogger TeaLady said...

UUMM!!! I bet they do smell wonderful baking

12:44 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

i luuurve gingersnaps, these look so good, especiallly soft!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

These look super yummy!

1:01 PM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

These are perfect for the holidays! Ginger in cookies make me think of Christmas.

1:03 PM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

Beautiful cookies!!! I love gingersnaps in any form - I bet they're wonderful soft :)

1:14 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I like soft cookies too and I honestly think most people over bake cookies.

If you want to put some real zing in the Gingersnaps add smidgeon of Cayenne Pepper or Hot Hungarian Paprika!

2:46 PM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

I'm with you - a huge list of things to bake this month. I think I'll run out of time before I run out of list. The cookies look extraordinary. In the crispy vs. soft debate, I come down on the soft side, so these are my kind of cookies.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

These cookies are sooo pretty and delicious looking!

2:03 AM  
Blogger Maris said...

Love gingebread cookies! Can't wait to try these and excited to see your new blog layout!

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Gingersnaps are one of my favorites... I love that you make them soft. I will eat them any way, but soft and chewy is definitely my favorite!

8:23 AM  
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Blogger sanjeet said...

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