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Old-Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Chewy Ginger Snap Cookies baked the old-fashioned way with molasses and earthy christmassy spices, the best cookies for the festive season. Call them ginger molasses cookies, ginger nut cookies or simply ginger cookies, you know you are in for a treat. The ginger snaps are a traditional Christmas cookie recipe popular all over the world. They are a great edible gift too, and great fun to bake with the kids too.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 121 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, soften (50 g)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (+2 tbsp to roll the dough balls in)
  • 1 cup plain flour (125 g)
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp molasses (it can be replaced with golden syrup)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  1. In a large bowl, beat together the soften butter with the sugar until you get a smooth paste.

  2. Add the egg and beat again well so that the egg can be fully incorporated.

  3. Add the spices, molasses, mix again, then add the flour and bicarbonate of soda and mix to get a soft sticky dough.

  4. Take about one tablespoon of dough, roll it into a ball, then dip it into the sugar to coat.

  5. Arrange on a baking tray lined with non-stick paper, leaving at least one inch between each dough ball; depending on the size of your baking tray, you should not have more than 6 balls baking at a time.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius (360 Fahreneheit) for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are spread nicely and the edges are slightly crispy.

  7. At this stage, the cookies are still soft, but leave them to cool down on the baking paper for at least 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. If the cookies are too soft, they will take the shape of the cooling rack.

  8. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 138IU3%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.