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Lara’s Tender Gingersnaps

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
    3 dozen


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1 in. balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake until set, 9-11 minutes. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 100 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • debdonnelly
    Dec 17, 2019

    Amazing cookies! They will be my go to from this christmas and always!! ??????

  • Maryann
    Jun 15, 2019

    They turned out amazing. Easy and they won't last long in my house. Thank you

  • hyedenny
    Nov 25, 2018

    "Tender Gingersnaps?" Someone doesn't know what the SNAP in Gingersnaps is supposed to mean.

  • Sharon
    Feb 22, 2018

    Haven't tried yet but not sure about the recipe calling for melted butter rather than softened like all other gingersnaps recipes I've seen and tried. Am going with softened and keeping fingers crossed.

  • kimb0
    Dec 2, 2017

    Oh. My. Goodness. The last batch of these is still baking in the oven, but I had to get on here and rate these wonderful cookies! Soft, chewy, and full of fabulous spicy flavor!!! I will make these again and again.

  • jieastcott
    Jul 16, 2017

    Delicious! I was out of cloves and used margarine instead of butter, but these turned out great! They didn't flatten out as much as in the picture but are a good balance of crunchy outside and soft chewy inside.

  • Christine
    Nov 23, 2016

    Absolutely delicious cookie

  • blanch1
    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
    Sep 11, 2016

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

  • shannondobos
    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!