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Crispy Gingersnaps

By Tessa Arias
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December 17th, 2019
4.95 from 91 votes
4.95 from 91 votes

Classic Crispy Gingersnaps are the perfect Christmas cookie! Thin and crunchy with the perfect amount of molasses and spice, this easy homemade recipe takes 30 minutes to make! Download my favorite Christmas cookie recipes here.

Yield: 28 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: The perfect balance of sweet and spice.
Texture: Thin and crispy, these cookies break in half cleanly and have a satisfying crunch to every bite!
Ease: Super simple 30 minute recipe. No chilling required.
Pros: Easy and festive recipe that goes great in every Christmas cookie box.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Yes.

This year I received a handful of requests to publish a recipe for classic traditional gingersnap cookies that are actually crunchy.

Gingersnaps piled on a counter

Typically I enjoy more of a chewy cookie, but every once in a while I want that satisfying crunch of something sweet. I tweaked my Chewy Gingersnap recipe (which are included in my cookbook!) to make them thin and crunchy.

Crispy gingersnaps on a cooling rack

These cookies would also make a great base for ice cream sandwiches! In fact, my best friend Ashley from Baker by Nature sent me ice cream from Salt & Straw, our favorite ice cream shoppe, as an early Christmas gift.

One of the flavors she sent was for Gingerbread Cookie Dough. I’m thinking I have to make ice cream sandwiches with these gingersnaps and that ice cream!!

Another idea is to use these gingersnap cookies in place of graham crackers for over the top s’mores!

Of course, they’re also marvelous on their own with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea.

How to Make Thin & Crispy Gingersnaps

Gingersnap cookie dough in a mixing bowl

What makes cookies crispy and crackled?

A heavy amount of baking soda interacts with the molasses in this recipe to encourage spread. That same process allows cracks in the dough to develop where moisture escapes, creating that beautiful crackled appearance and crunchy texture.

There’s also much more granulated sugar than brown sugar in this recipe. White sugar encourages more spread and has less moisture to make for a crisper cookie.

Lastly, a longer baking time ensures a crunchy texture all the way through the center of these cookies.

Baking tip for crispy cookies: measure your flour correctly!

To avoid ending up with Gingersnaps that are thick and chewy instead of perfectly crispy, make sure to measure your flour accurately with a digital scale. It’s all too easy to accidentally add too much flour if you’re using cups. Check out my article for How to Measure Flour for step-by-step instructions.

Just take a look at what a difference too much flour can make:

Image of a perfect cookie with flour measured correctly vs. an image of a thick, hard, and dense cookie with too much flour

How to make flavorful gingersnaps:

First make sure your spices, especially the ground ginger, are fresh and of high quality. Second, make sure to use unsulphured molasses. Never use blackstrap molasses in baking, it’s extremely bitter. Brer Rabbit or Grandma’s in their ‘mild’ or ‘original’ flavors tend to work best.

If you want more SPICE in your gingersnaps, add a tablespoon or two of freshly grated ginger. You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Rolling gingersnap cookie dough in sugar

How to store homemade gingersnaps:

Store the gingersnaps in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days. You can also store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

How to freeze gingersnap cookie dough:

Scoop out the balls of cookie dough. Place on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Remove to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Bake from frozen, reducing the temperature to 325°F and adding a couple minutes onto the baking time.

Crunchy gingersnaps on a plate with a glass of milk

More Christmas Cookie Recipes:

4.95 from 91 votes

How to make
Crispy Gingersnaps

Yield: 28 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Classic Crispy Gingersnaps are the perfect Christmas cookie! Thin and crunchy with the perfect amount of molasses and spice, this easy homemade recipe takes 30 minutes to make! Download my favorite Christmas cookie recipes here.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (113 grams) unsulphured molasses (NOT blackstrap)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 1/4 cups (286 grams) all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Add the molasses and egg and beat until combined. Add in the salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and flour and beat until combined.
  3. Place the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a shallow dish. Scoop the dough into 1 1/2 tablespoon balls and roll in the sugar before placing on the baking sheet, leaving plenty of room for spread. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies are spread and the surface looks crackled.
  4. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, ginger

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

PS: Exciting news!

I’m writing a cookbook all about COOKIES! It’ll be out summer 2020. Click here to get the details and pre order your copy!

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Chelsea — May 2, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Looks delicious! I will definitely try this out some day! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Tammi Peters — April 25, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Love this recipe! They came out perfect!
    I wish I knew how to post a picture of them. Perfect crackling on top.

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      Emily — April 26, 2022 at 8:08 am

      So happy to hear that! Feel free to tag #handletheheat if you’re on Instagram so Tessa can see and comment on your photos! You can also post them in our Facebook Group 🙂

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    David Coy — April 19, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    This is an absolute 10 star recipe. I added a bit more ginger, and a bit heavier on clove and some nutmeg and a bit more chy pepper. But clearly a really great ginger snap!

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