Gingersnaps are delicious treats made with ginger, molasses, and whole wheat flower. They’re easy to make and a must-have Christmas treat.
Gingersnaps are the most underrated Christmastime treat.
Why You'll Love This Gingersnap Recipe
Grated fresh ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and molasses give these cookies the right amount of texture.
- Butter - I prefer salted butter. For a dairy-free version, you can use melted coconut oil.
- Brown Sugar -Dark brown sugar will give you a heavy molasses flavor.
- Molasses - Unsulphured molasses.
- Egg White - Only one egg.
- Ginger - Grate it super fine with a microplane zester. Make things even easier by using fresh ginger paste.
- Flour - Use white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour. All-purpose flour works just fine, too.
- Baking Soda
- Spices - Cinnamon, cardamom, and an optional pinch of white pepper.
How To Make Them
- In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugars.
- Add the molasses, egg white, vanilla and ginger and whisk until well combined.
- Stir in the flour, baking soda, spices and salt.
- Use a teaspoon or tablespoon (or baby cookie scoop) to scoop the dough into balls and place 1 inch apart on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350°F for 6-8 minutes for teaspoon-sized scoops or 8-10 minutes for tablespoon-sized scoops.
- Let cookies cool before removing from the baking sheet. They will firm up as they cool.
Pro Tips for Perfect Gingersnaps
- Melt the butter right in the bowl (just make sure it's microwave safe!) for fewer dishes to clean.
- No need to flatten the dough, it will spread as it bakes.
- If your oven tends to run cool, bake at 375 instead of 350.
- Use a cookie scoop for perfect circles. A teaspoon or tablespoon will give you slightly imperfect circles (but they'll still be amazing!).
More Christmas Cookies You'll Love
- Cocodates (No Bake Coconut Date Cookies)
- Cranberry Bliss Cookies
- The Best Cutout Sugar Cookies With Icing
- Pecan Snowball Cookies
- Peppermint Bark Icebox Cookies
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These easy gingersnaps with the delicious flavors of spicy fresh ginger and molasses are made with whole wheat flour in just one bowl. Even though they're simple, they're a must make Christmas cookie! (dairy-free version included)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 minutes
- Total Time: 18 minutes
- Yield: About 18 tablespoon sized cookies 1x
- Category: dessert
- Method: baked
- Cuisine: American
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted (or coconut oil for dairy-free)
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger or ginger paste
- 1 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cardamom
- Pinch ground white pepper (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars and whisk until well blended.
- Add molasses, egg, vanilla and ginger. Whisk until combined.
- Add flour, baking soda, salt, and spices into bowl with wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
- Scoop the batter by the teaspoon or tablespoon onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat, 1 inch apart. No need to flatten, the dough will spread as it bakes.
- Bake cookies 6-8 minutes (or 8-10 minutes for tablespoon size) until they appear barely set. Remove from oven and let cool a couple minutes before transferring to cooling rack (they'll firm up as they cool).
- For dairy-free, use melted coconut oil in place of butter.
- If your oven tends to run cool, set it to 375°F.
- For nicely rounded cookies, use a cookie scoop. I use a tablespoon sized scoop for larger cookies.
- Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
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