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 Christmas season, but they are perfect for any fall or winter gathering. I enjoy the blend of cloves, ginger and cinnamon in this delicious cookie. —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, 0 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 October/November 2008

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Christine User ID: 7633147 257188
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"Absolutely delicious cookie"

blanch1 User ID: 5122907 254878
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2016

"Wonderful recipe. Kathy Biehn, do you think it was you'r baking and not the recipe. Alot of amazing reviews except yours."

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 253975
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2016

"These are so good!! Perfect amount of spices and crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside."

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 253638
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"These gingersnaps are exactly what I was looking for. Perfect level of spice, and wonderful, chewy consistency. I don't like a crunchy ginger cookie, and I like a mild molasses flavor. These delivered on both chewiness and flavor balance. This is my new go-to!"

Melbre User ID: 8676732 240326
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!"

mthacker User ID: 4464856 239453
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

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

YUMYUM74 User ID: 942529 238129
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."

klutzy17 User ID: 8553490 237963
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"Much yummier when they're still warm"

anselr User ID: 2011539 237886
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."

Kathy Biehn User ID: 201964 237778
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"These cookies are terrible! I wouldn't even give them one star. I thought the dough was a little too gooey when I put it in the refrigerator. I left it there overnight. They are nothing like the picture. They went flat and were still gooey. This recipe is going in the garbage. Most likely, the cookies will too!"

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