Lara's Tender Gingersnaps Recipe
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Lara's Tender Gingersnaps Recipe

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Soft gingersnaps embody the tastes and smells of the season. Enjoy cloves, cinnamon and ginger blended into one delicious cookie. These are perfect for Thanksgiving and fall gatherings. —Lara Pennell, Mauldin, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 99 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar and butter until blended. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves; gradually add to brown sugar mixture and mix well (dough will be stiff). Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Shape dough into 1 in. balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until set. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Lara's Tender Gingersnaps in Taste of Home

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"Made a double batch and passed them out at work, parties, and to friends. I've never had so many compliments on a baked good! Even from people who normally don't care for ginger snaps!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"First ginger cookie I ever made, love it!!! Yummier when warm. Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"good cookie (I did omit the cloves because we don't care for their flavor) and added some funfetti on top; they were a bit gooey, but maybe next time I'll try leaving them in the oven 1 more min."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"Much yummier when they're still warm"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"My daughter made these today and they are delicious. She made them bite-size and they came out perfectly shaped and fluffy. They would hold up great if transporting."

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