Chewy Gingersnaps

I  switched my go to chewy ginger cookie recipe a couple years ago.  Whether a new oven, change in water content in my butter or just serendipity, my formerly puffy gingersnaps were consistently flatter.  By adding a bit more flour and chilling the dough well, I could coax these babies into a little better form, but I missed the old look.  I know I could use all shortening instead of butter, but ick, it’s just not the same.

So when I found this recipe, I stopped using the version that made me famous among my neighbors. I’ve passed out that old recipe more times than I could count…with the warning that they are a bit finicky.  But when my youngest mentioned that he missed the original recipe, I thought I better give them another shot. Of course, now that he’s sampled them he tells me he needs a side by side comparison before he gives the final verdict.  Sheesh, these kids know how to keep me in the kitchen!

Chewy Gingersnaps


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • Granulated sugar, for rolling cookie dough balls


  1. Mix brown sugar, butter, molasses and egg. Stir in flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 375º. Line two rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper. Scoop about a tablespoon of dough and form into a ball. Roll dough balls in granulated sugar and place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool a bit on cookie sheets before removing to cooling rack.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 6870kcal Calories from fat 2614
% Daily Value
Total Fat 290g446%
Saturated Fat 179g895%
Transfat 11g
Cholesterol 1052mg351%
Sodium 5398mg225%
Carbohydrate 1013g338%
Dietary Fiber 19g76%
Sugars 575g
Protein 73g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g
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  1. Your kids are no fools to ask for a taste comparison!

  2. Bring some over here! Love cookies that are just a bit chewy.

  3. Three-Cookies says:

    I haven’t had ginger snaps in yonks – this sounds excellent and I happen to have all ingredients in my pantry except cloves:)

  4. Your sons are hilarious asking for a side-to-side taste test. They are spoiled in the best possible way! With stores already getting out the December holiday decorations (much to my denial/dismay), this is a great reminder to start practice-baking cookies for gifts.

  5. I don’t ever recall eating a chewy gingersnap cookie. These sound so much better than the crunchy store bought ones. Yummy!

  6. Great kids they want mama to be the best baker! These sound wonderful love cookies. Andi

  7. Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says:

    these look utterly perfect! I love gingersnaps and just right for Fall – lovely recipe – thanks!

  8. Cute cookies, I can imagine how addictive they are 🙂 At least I wouldn’t be able to stop having them till they are finished 😀

  9. BigBearswife says:

    i can only find hard crunchy gingersnaps in the store, but would much rather make chewy ones! thanks for the recipe!

  10. hehehe
    my kids do that too..if they were to have it your way I would be living in the kitchen 24/7

  11. This is a classic flavor and I like the described texture of these cookies. They would not last long in my cookie jar. Yum!

  12. I have never made gingersnaps before, my MIL always makes them. Now that we are moving away though, I might have to make my own! Thanks for the great recipe!

  13. These look perfect– I love that they’re chewy gingersnaps and also the dusting of sugar! I have to try these ASAP as they are so great for this time of year!

  14. Mmmm… any baking that involves ginger is a hit with me!

  15. Look delicious Lizzy!!

  16. Ginger snaps are one of my favourite cookies. Those look so perfect. Nothing beats home made cookies.

  17. I’ve always preferred a chewier cookies. These gingersnaps sound delicious.

  18. You know some people like a crunchy cookie, but I’m not one of them. Here Here for the chewy gingersnap!

  19. BonnieBanters says:

    I don’t know if I’ve ever made gingersnaps,,.but with a great recipe like this, why not! Perfect for the fall weather now bearing down on us!

    Your boys sound like they’ve really learned how to work their mother…very cagey!

  20. Love your gingersnap cookies, chewy is so good, although I like crispy too! Lizzy, you just keep whipping out your desserts, while I manage to make one, maybe once a week! I need to just do a regular post, and keep linking over to your blog if they want something yummy for their “sweet tooth.” Can’t keep up with you with baking, and don’t even want to try…LOL

  21. Oh, I love chewy cookies – and gingersnaps just scream “fall” to me! 🙂

  22. it seems to be an easy recipe…I like it….. here is still summer , but when autumn arrives I’m going to start baking!!! Hugs, Flavia

  23. Great pictures within the post! Excellent to look at! Keep up the great work because you’re excellent at it!

  24. I’m gonna have to dig mine out and compare, I like mine flatter and chewier and a little candied ginger is good too. Welcome fall, hope you are having a great week.

  25. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

    I wish I was your neighbor and I think your son has a valid point 😉 I like ginger snaps but prefer the chewy kind so this recipe is perfect for me.

  26. Ginger is one of my fav ingredient to add in savory dishes and gives a change i try them in sweets too. These cookies will rock my world 🙂

  27. The Vanilla Bean Baker says:

    When it comes to ginger cookies, for me chewy is best. Your photographs have me wishing that I had a few dozen of these in the cookie jar right now.

  28. Mmmm… Wish my sister baked these more often.

  29. Lizzy,
    I love chewy gingersnaps, but have never made them. Your cookies sound delicious. I’m bookmarking this one

  30. There’s nothing like a homemade ginger cookie. I’d ask for a side by side comparison too!

  31. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    I am so happy to see a chewy gingersnap recipe. I love the flavor but I’m not a fan of crunchy cookies. I’ll be trying this one for sure!

  32. Oh, Lizzy – these are beautiful! Before I developed an allergy to cinnamon, I used to make ginger snaps all the time! There was something about the way the tops crackled that enchanted me. They were my favorite cookies to make! Thank you for bringing back such a happy food memory! Stumbling!

  33. A classic, very nice! love to have it with a cup of tea

  34. Angie's Recipes says:

    Can’t wait to bake some gingersnaps!

  35. I will for sure snap high up for these gingersnaps, looks so crunchy.

  36. Yum! They look amazing! I will definitely bookmark this recipe!

  37. These look so perfect! I haven’t made gingersnaps in way too long, and next time I make them I am giving your recipe a try!

  38. yum! love gingersnaps, especially in this chilly weather for some reason.

  39. I just love cookies that have that pretty crackle on them. They look delicious!

  40. What a perfect way to transition into the Fall weather!

  41. Just the photo brings back wonderful memories, Liz. My second favorite after warm chocolate chip cookies. I love the dance of the spices and the little bit of chewiness. Now, I need to find the time to bake some cookies!! xoxo Kate 0h – btw – if you want another taster, I’m available 🙂

  42. Christine's Pantry says:

    I love gingersnaps. Great recipe.

  43. We just had a chewy ginger cookie at starbucks today. Well actually we were in Indigo books when the starbucks girl started handing out samples. So yummy! Even mini-me liked them. So I am going to borrow your lovely recipe here and give them a whirl. Looks so delicious. I bet they smell out of this world.

  44. I haven’t had a gingersnap cookie in so long! I’ve always like the flavor, but like you, I prefer chewier cookies. These look perfect!

  45. Oh Liz…I love gingersnaps! I also love crushing them for the basis for crusts in some pies and cheesecakes! But these are too pretty to crush! I just love the perfectly crinkled tops! Very lovely!

  46. I love gingersnaps. I am the only one in my family who does. Yours look perfect!!!

  47. MadAboutMacarons says:

    Wow – this takes me right back. I’d forgotten about the old gingersnaps. Thanks for bringing them back and with a great looking recipe, Lizzy!

  48. Oh my! I adore gingersnaps but I’ve never made them. Thanks for the recipe, Lizzy. Will be using this lots. They are fantastic in a cheesecake crumb.

  49. Another great recipe! What perfect fall cookies! Yum!

  50. ooo chewy!! Yes please!

  51. Ooo they look delicious! I don’t make biscuits nearly enough. This needs to change.

  52. These were excellent. Could not stop picking one up every time I passed the cookie dish. Mmmm ! So worth it and so easy.

  53. Oh I love gingersnap cookies so much and I definitely prefer them to be on the chewy side! I have bookmarked these! Thanks for sharing Lizzy!

  54. My Home Diary in Turkey says:

    Wow Lizzy… what a great recipe you found! maybe for next time I’ll try to make this recipe also.. thx for sharing. Love them so much!\

  55. SO glad you enjoyed!!! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  56. I got my first whiff of gingersnaps the other day and I was amazed as how that little smell took me back to my childhood. These gingersnaps sound great and I would love to try them!

  57. Why haven’t I made these before? I like this Lizzy!

  58. Terri @ that's some good cookin' says:

    Thank you, Lizzy. You have saved me from having to find ‘the’ recipe for ginger snaps. I love it when a cook you trust says, “this is the one”.

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