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The Best Gingersnap Cookies Recipe

It isn’t Christmas without a plate of the Best Gingersnap Cookies! Get the recipe for this holiday classic cookie. It can be made gluten-free and dairy-free.

Gingersnap cookies stacked on cutting board

In our house we do Christmas Cookies. In fact, we usually make several kinds and love to give them as gifts for the holidays. No matter how many cookies we make, or different recipes we try, we always make these delicious Gingersnap Cookies every year!

How to

gingersnap cookie dough balls

The dough is very easy to make and my kids love to help out! Simply cream the shortening and sugar in your mixer. Beat in the egg and molasses to the creamy mixture. Finally, stir in the other dry ingredients to form your dough.

My secret for evenly sized cookies is my trusty cookie scoop! Just scoop the dough and then roll it in your hands into a ball. Then toss it in the sugar to coat your dough ball and place it on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

I find that these turn out better if you give them a little smush down to help them flatten out.

Gingersnap Cookies on parchment lined baking pan

After a few minutes in the oven, your house will smell like Christmas and these cookies will be done. While they are warm they will be soft. This is my favorite time to steal a cookie! I love it when they are warm!

Place your cookies on a cooling rack to cool the rest of the way. As they cool your cookies will harden and get that snappy consistency that they are named for.

Gingersnap Cookies Stacked on cutting board with cinnamon sticks in background

Then your only job is to grab a cup of milk or coffee and enjoy because these are truly the best Gingersnap cookies around!

Gluten Free

We have had success making these gluten free by simply substituting our favorite gluten free flour blend in place of the all purpose flour. Double check your other ingredients to ensure they are gluten free


If you are dairy free, egg free, or just looking for Vegan Gingersnap cookies this recipe works great.

Use a dairy free margarine or shortening. Also, you can replace the egg with your favorite egg replacer or a flax egg.


You can store these cookie in an airtight container for up to 5 days. These can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Fun Uses

The other thing I love about gingersnaps is they are fun to use in other recipes

Gingersnap Cheesecake Bites

Crumble a few of them up and make these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites! YUM!

I also love to use them in place of graham crackers in a graham cracker crust during the holidays. SO SO GOOD!

The Best Gingersnap Cookies Recipe

It isn't Christmas without a plate of the Best Gingersnap Cookies! Get the recipe for this holiday classic cookie. It can be made gluten-free and dairy-free.
Print Recipe
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses dark
  • 1 tablespoon ginger ground
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Sift the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir the mixture to blend evenly, and sift a second time into another bowl.
  • Place the shortening and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Beat in the egg, and dark molasses. Sift 1/3 of the flour mixture into the shortening mixture; stir to thoroughly blend. Sift in the remaining flour mixture, and mix together until a soft dough forms. Use a cookie scoop to create 1 inch diameter dough balls. Roll them between your hands and then roll each ball in cinnamon sugar, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake until the tops are rounded and slightly cracked, about 10 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an air tight container.

Gluten Free

  • Substitute your favorite gluten free flour mix.


  • Replace the egg with your favorite egg replacer or one flax egg. Also use a dairy free margarine or shortening.


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 24 Cookies
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Amanda Carlisle |

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