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Crispy Gingersnaps

By Tessa Arias
December 17th, 2019
4.92 from 123 votes
4.92 from 123 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

Gingersnap cookie dough in a mixing bowl

Typically I enjoy more of a chewy cookie, but every once in a while I want that satisfying crunch and crispness 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 ginger 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 ginger snaps and that ice cream!!

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

What are Gingersnaps?

A year-round favorite all over the world, Gingersnaps are particularly popular to welcome in the fall and winter holiday seasons! Choose between crunchy snaps or soft & chewy bites to bake along with me during our class! Both are perfectly spiced with the most beautiful cracked, sugary tops. While these are mostly enjoyed during the colder months, I actually love them in the fall in Arizona, when the temps are slowly beginning to drop. They’re delicious with a glass of cold milk or even lemonade… and even better used in place of graham crackers for over-the-top s’mores!

Gingersnaps are just what they sound like: a cookie flavored with ginger (among other spices that we’ll talk more about below). Gingersnaps are typically crunchy or have a brittle texture, thus the “snap”. The spiciness of the ginger and richness of the molasses pairs perfectly with coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or mulled wine.

Ingredients for Gingersnap Cookies:

  • All-purpose flour – Measured accurately! 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. More on this below.
  • Baking soda – Interacts with the molasses to encourage spread! This combination also creates those cracks in the dough to develop where moisture escapes, resulting in the beautiful crackled appearance and crunchy texture.
  • Ginger – Be sure to use ground ginger that hasn’t been sitting open in your spice cabinet for years! The fresher the spice the more flavorful it’ll be. While I haven’t tried it, you can also experiment with crystallized ginger, but expect your cookies to be a little more sugary.
  • Cinnamon and Cloves – Along with ginger, this trio is what gives these cookies the classic gingersnap taste! Your home will smell amazing as they are baking. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for even more spice!
  • Fine Sea Salt – Just a bit to enhance all of the other flavors.
  • Butter – Always use unsalted butter in baking so you’re in control of the amount of salt used. Imparts flavor and enhances the gluten structure – this impacts the shape, spread, and texture of your cookies!
  • Granulated Sugar – Encourages spread. Also used as a sugar coating to give a nice texture to the cookies (and beautiful appearance!). In my Crispy Gingersnaps recipe, you’ll notice there’s more granulated sugar than brown sugar as it has less moisture, to make for a crisper cookie.
  • Brown Sugar – Depending on the recipe you choose, you’ll either use light or dark brown sugar! Dark brown sugar is rich in molasses and not only gives the cookie a deep flavor, but adds moisture. This is why it’s used in my Chewy Gingersnaps and not in my Crispy Gingersnaps. Substituting either will make a difference in these recipes.
  • Molasses – Gives gingersnaps their color and distinct flavor. Look for plain, unsulphured molasses. Brer Rabbit or Grandma’s in their ‘mild’ or ‘original’ flavors tend to work best. Stay away from blackstrap as it will impart a very bitter taste!
  • 1 egg – Provides structure and keeps the cookies tender longer after baking than if omitting the egg. Omitting the egg will gradually result in your cookies becoming too hard and crunchy to eat.

How to Make Gingersnap Cookies:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butters and sugar together. Add the molasses and egg. Then, add the remaining dry ingredients to form your flour mixture.
  2. Use a spring-loaded cookie scoop to portion out cookie dough balls.
  3. Roll each cookie dough ball in sugar, then place on a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake until crackled at the top, then allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

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:

4.92 from 123 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.


  • 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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment 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 wire 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, gingersnap cookies

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

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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  1. #
    LeMoyne — December 1, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Love these ginger snaps. They are crispy and sooooo good. Make these cookies. You will not be disappointed.

  2. #
    HB — November 30, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Addicting. I can’t stop eating them. They’re actually crispy. I am obsessed. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 30, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      So happy to hear that you’re enjoying these, HB!

  3. #
    Britt — November 30, 2022 at 4:53 am

    Would you recommend freezing these? If so, would you freeze the cookie itself or the unbaked dough?

  4. #
    Barbara Thompson — November 26, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    How much is 1 and 1/2 sticks of butter in cups please?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 28, 2022 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Barbara! 1 stick = half a cup, so 1.5 sticks = 3/4 cup 🙂 We highly recommend weighing your ingredients, however; it makes for much more consistent bakes, and easier clean-up! Read more about why here! Happy baking!

  5. #
    Courtney — November 25, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve been searching for a recipe to make like this as its my moms favorite cookie and i’d love to surprise her for christmas with a box of cookies. That said, I don’t have a stand mixer….would a regular hand mixer work for this? With all the reviews id really love to try this!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 28, 2022 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Courtney! Yes, that will work just fine 🙂

  6. #
    Susan — November 22, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    These turned out great! Spicy, and sweet with the raw sugar I put on top,and nicely crackled. I had no trouble rolling them in balls and made 24 cookies about 2.5 inches in diameter. I will make these again!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 23, 2022 at 8:51 am

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed these cookies so much, Susan!

  7. #
    AmazingTalker — November 22, 2022 at 1:23 am

    It’s really simple and tasty. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. #
    Amy — November 7, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Excellent!! I added double the ginger bec ause I like it hot!! Rolled them in sugar then flattened them with a glass and sprinkled flaked sea salt. 15 minutes exactly-crispy on the edges, chewy in the middle, absolute perfection!! thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — November 8, 2022 at 9:39 am

      Yay! So happy to hear that, Amy!

  9. #
    Georgia — October 30, 2022 at 11:26 am

    The cookies taste great, but mine certainly are not crispy through and through. The centers are soft like a molasses cookie. The edges set up nicely, so maybe a little more time in the oven would help? I don’t know if that would make the edges TOO crispy.
    Overall, the cookies taste great, but I will try another ginger snap recipe before I retry these again.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 31, 2022 at 1:49 pm

      Hi Georgia! Sorry, I just realized that your previous comment and this comment were both made by you! It sounds like another couple of minutes may have helped your cookies crisp up to the desired texture! The dough shouldn’t be the consistency you described in the last message, so I think something went awry in the making of the dough! I’m glad you enjoyed the flavor! Have a great day 🙂

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      Sabrina — November 19, 2022 at 7:01 pm

      omg these are perfect. I’ve never been able to make them the perfect consistency of chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside. they are gorgeous I also added a pinch of black pepper that gave it thag extra bite. Thank you!!!!

  10. #
    Georgia — October 30, 2022 at 10:35 am

    How do you scoop these?? The dough is not firm at all. I used a 1T scoop and a butter knife to plop a deconstructed blob of dough into a bowl of sugar, and at that point, I could round them into the ball shape. Should the dough be more firm? I am not new to making cookies, but I am new to ginger snaps.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 31, 2022 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Georgia! Hmm, it definitely sounds like something went wrong here! How do you measure your ingredients? By volume (using cups), or by weight (using a digital kitchen scale)? When measuring by volume, it’s so easy to mis-measure flour/sugar/etc and throw off the entire chemistry of a recipe. Tessa talks about how to best measure ingredients to ensure accuracy every time, in this article here! Another thing could be the temperature of your butter (we recommend around 67°F for room temperature). I hope you give these another try sometime – they’re really delicious!! Happy baking 🙂

  11. #
    Kate Toldness — October 28, 2022 at 9:37 am

    These turned out perfectly! I like my ginger baked goods extra spicy, so I did use a full 2 tsps ginger. Even though this dough doesn’t require chilling I had to refrigerate it overnight due to time constraints. I left it out for about 15 minutes while the oven heated up.
    For the molasses I did use blackstrap but cut with an equal portion of honey to lighten it. I filled my 1/3 cup half full of blackstrap and topped the other half with honey.

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      Haley Wehner — October 28, 2022 at 2:49 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoyed these cookies!

  12. #
    Judy Von Meybrink — October 19, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    This was a super awesome Ginger snaps cookie.I spiced it up by using fresh ginger & every bite was full of flavor . very good combination to have it with a pot of Ceylon Black Tea on a misty rainy day it’s so relaxing.Thank You HTH for this recipe.

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    Dianne — October 19, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve made both the Chewy and the Crispy cookies and BOTH were outstanding. Definitely recipes that I will have in my rotation. I love knowing the reasoning behind the differences in the recipes and how that results in different cookies.

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    D’Arcy Wingrove — October 19, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    Beautiful ginger flavour and excellent texture. Worth making for sure!

  15. #
    Mykala — October 19, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Perfect fall/winter cookie to pair with coffee!

  16. #
    Laurie Wetterau — October 19, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    They were delicious! Crisp on the outside chewy on the inside. My family loved them!

  17. #
    Mary Cherrey — October 19, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Great recipe (Chewy Gingersnaps) and I loved the little addition of white chocolate. A little crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside!

  18. #
    David — October 19, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    These are by far the most flavorful gingersnap cookies out there. Easy to bring together and even easier to eat! I have made these twice in the last week… The instructions are clear and the notes on why you use certain ingredients is extremely helpful.

  19. #
    Megan Gosch — October 19, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    I brought these into the office and they disappeared very quickly. Everyone was asking me for the recipe! Will definitely be making these again soon.

  20. #
    Mary F Small — October 19, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    made the chewy version. absolutely delicious

  21. #
    Duffy Thornton — October 17, 2022 at 7:43 am

    great cookies I did change a couple of things
    add all the spices however upped them by 2 plus added an 1/8 teaspoon black pepper for more lingering taste
    with my oven had increase time by 3 minutes

  22. #
    Janice — October 11, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Very good! I made them exactly like the recipe. Thanks for the great recipe!

  23. #
    D — October 8, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Brilliant 🙂 substituted for vegan butter & flaxseed egg. Thank you so much for sharing.

  24. #
    Jo-Ann — October 8, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    They came out exactly like your picture! And, they are delicious! They recipe was so easy to follow. I wish I could post a picture how they came out. ❤️

  25. #
    Colleen Hall — October 6, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    These cookies are delicious!

  26. #
    Diane — October 2, 2022 at 6:32 am

    Very delicious.

  27. #
    Jane — September 30, 2022 at 11:44 am

    I didn’t have any luck with this recipe. I think the dough should be chilled 2 hours. They do come out thin and crispy but they spread too much.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 4, 2022 at 9:45 am

      Hi Jane! I’m sorry your cookies didn’t turn out quite as you’d hoped! It definitely sounds like something went wrong along the way. Here are a few thoughts as to what may have happened:
      – How do you measure your ingredients? By volume (using cups), or by weight (using a digital kitchen scale)? When measuring by volume, it’s so easy to mis-measure flour/sugar/etc and throw off the entire chemistry of a recipe. Tessa talks about how to best measure ingredients to ensure accuracy every time, in this article here!
      – Your butter may have been too warm when creaming the butter and sugars. We always recommend butter be around 67°F when creaming. If your butter is warmer than that, it can cause your cookies to spread too much in the oven, or even collapse once baked. Have a look at this article, where Tessa discusses the repercussions of warm butter, and more, on the resulting baked goods!
      – I just want to mention your leavening agent. If your baking/soda powder are not fresh, they won’t do their jobs and your baked goods can not rise properly, fall after baking, and much more. The baking soda in this recipe, if not sufficiently active, can also cause excessive spreading. Tessa talks about the science behind leavening agents, and how to test for leavener freshness, in this article here!
      Of course, if you also find you are getting better results from a brief refrigerated period prior to baking, that definitely won’t hurt these cookies!!
      I hope you’ll give these another try at some point, and I hope something here was useful! Feel free to reach back out to us if you have any further questions or concerns – we’re always happy to help! 🙂

  28. #
    Katie — September 29, 2022 at 8:58 am

    Good cookies but not enough Ginger. Added another teaspoon of ginger and is now an official ginger snap.

  29. #
    Melissa Bentley — September 27, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Why not blackstrap molasses?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — September 27, 2022 at 10:55 am

      Hi Melissa! Blackstrap molasses is just a super strong, really bitter flavor that overshadows other flavors in the cookie, so we recommend avoiding it. I hope that helps 🙂 Let us know what you think if you try this recipe!!

  30. #
    Jana — September 20, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Easy and delicious recipe. Heard about Gingersnap cookies for the first time in a cozy mystery audiobook I am currently listening to. They turned out as a wonderful taste experience. Molasses is not available in a lot of supermarkets here in Germany, so I replaced it with honey. Will definitley bake them again. Thank you very much for sharing this winner recipe!

  31. #
    Jane H — September 19, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    Finally! A gingernap recipe that “snaps” and tastes good too. A little too good, I think. I baked the cookies yesterday. They were gone by noon today. If I can just keep them away from my husband….. I added about 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper, which gave the cookies just the right amount of heat. Thank you for not making me waste another afternoon on a recipe that does not work. These cookies are perfection.

  32. #
    Susan Sims — September 18, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Bought a bag of Stauffer’s ginger snaps the other day. My hubby and I ate all of them in a very short time….very short! He asked if I could make them. Found your recipe and gave them a try this morning. Really delicious! Wonderful texture and flavor…looked just like your photos. Only thing we are going to do is amp up the spices and adding cayenne pepper. I baked in three batches because of the spread and I pressed them down slightly on the cookie sheet because we wanted them really crunchy. We experimented by adding more ginger and cloves to second batch then amped up the cayenne on the third batch. Third batch was our winner because of the heat level. When I figure out on my next round of them the spice proportions, I will post it for those who want a really “spicy meatball”. Lol!

  33. #
    Matt H — August 25, 2022 at 6:40 am

    These are by far the best ginger snaps I have ever had, let alone made. They don’t last long. Even ones I put in the freezer aren’t safe! Everyone who tries them agrees and asks for the recipe.

    I have found that using a scale is the best way to go. I have several food allergies, but the substitutions I have used work well. I have used 1T ground flax mixed with 3T hot water instead of the egg. I have also used both regular butter and vegan margarine and they have both turned out incredible. The vegan margarine is a little softer, so I’ve had success with adding 10-15 extra grams of flour.

    I simply cannot recommend these cookies enough. You will not regret making them, I promise. Just make sure to have a plan for sharing so you don’t end up eating them all yourself! 😉

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 26, 2022 at 1:11 pm

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed these, even with your modifications, Matt!

  34. #
    Erin — July 27, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    My dad loves gingersnaps, but every recipe we’ve tried has been too soft/lacking in flavor, so I did a search for ultra crisp gingersnaps and stumbled upon this recipe! Even though I accidentally overlooked the molasses when scribbling the recipe down on paper (whoops! I did kinda catch my error in the sense that I thought it was weird there was no molasses, so I added a couple tablespoons). I ended up chilling them overnight and taking them out of the fridge maybe twenty minutes before baking, and they turned out SO WELL. Beautifully crisp edges, with a chewy center and the most gorgeous presentation with all those crinkles and sparkling sugar (and they were perfectly round, too)! Next time, I’ll be sure to add the proper amount of molasses, but they still tasted delicious, especially with the addition of some finely chopped crystallized ginger. My dad took just one bite and gave one of those nods that says, oh yeah 😉 This recipe is definitely a keeper and I can’t wait to make them again!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 29, 2022 at 11:25 am

      Yay, Erin!! That is so wonderful to hear! I’m so excited that you and your dad enjoyed these so much! 🙂

  35. #
    Ron — July 6, 2022 at 11:04 am

    I made this recipe with nothing other than what is in the list o ingredients, maybe a little less ginger. The cookies are REALLY good. I’m saving this. I’ll make them again soon.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 11, 2022 at 9:55 am

      So happy to hear you loved these gingersnaps, Ron!

  36. #
    Lila — May 28, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Made them they turned out great. Crispy and tasty, great with a coffee. I didn’t get the cracks on top though.
    Being out of molasses, I used pure date syrup which turned out perfect for taste and texture but maybe changed the chemistry- hence no cracks(?)
    I also added a lot of ground ginger and cloves to the mix and in the end rolled the balls in that mixture (with cinnamon) rather than sugar as the sugar on top made things overly sweet to my taste.
    Overall a great recipe. Thanks! 🙂

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 31, 2022 at 9:39 am

      Hi Lila! So glad you enjoyed these cookies! The date syrup may have changed the chemistry of the recipe enough to change the look of the baked cookies, but the biggest contributor to the beautiful crinkly, crackled top is baking soda! Perhaps your baking soda isn’t fresh? Tessa talks about that, and how to test for freshness, in this article here! I hope that helps 🙂

  37. #
    Chelsea — May 2, 2022 at 11:38 pm

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

  38. #
    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 🙂

  39. #
    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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