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Lara's Tender Gingersnaps Recipe

Lara's Tender Gingersnaps Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

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jieastcott User ID: 1507778 269565
Reviewed 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 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!"

menkens User ID: 5877182 236226
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015 Edited Nov. 3, 2015

"Started these yesterday forgetting that they had to be refrigerated -- which they were for almost 24 hours and everything worked perfectly! I measure flour after sifting; and used 2-3/4 (self rising since that is what I had) cups -- everything else was the same; but did not roll in sugar! We don't like large cookies (used the larger cookie scoop 1-1/2 Tablespoon initially) so used the medium cookie one afterwards which is suppose to hold 2 teaspoons of dough! We loved them and definitely will be making in the future."

pepperandpeanut User ID: 4948016 235845
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"Excellent cookies. Were very tender and awesome flavor. Everyone loved them! Will make them often."

walkerjo User ID: 7514182 215716
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Good gingerbread flavor. My husband liked that they were a soft cookie."

sejaco36 User ID: 3220475 214674
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"Excellent coolies, soft and chewy. Dough made up easily and it was easy to work with. This is a keeper recipe, will definitely make again!"

auntcandle User ID: 5198116 214039
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"These were excellent gingersnaps, very soft and delicious, easy on the teeth !!! I had to add additional flour as my dough was too soft to work with, and I chilled the dough beforehand. A keeper! Will definitely make them again !!"

ponspf User ID: 3687050 213993
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"The cookies were easy to make and did look like the photo. Very tasty nice and firm not to soft or hard. I will make these again for sure."

Deb Doherty User ID: 4460286 213992
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"My husband loved these. I will definitely be making more of them. They were very soft even days later. I give it 5 starts!"

godmother4 User ID: 7958104 213989
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"These cookies are excellent. They were so easy to make and came out perfect. They are my new cookie to make at the cookie exchange party . Thank You."

kayem47 User ID: 8061894 213987
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"Excellent. Soft, light and chewy. Demands for more by everyone who tried them!

We had to chill longer than recommended (overnight). Dough was much easier to form
after that and cookies looked perfect. Only advice: make a double batch. They go fast."

Bibbie22_ User ID: 5315891 213980
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"This was a tasty cookie but very important not to over cook. They do get very hard if overcooked. I accidentally added the 1/4 c. sugar to the batter rather than rolling the cookies in it and didn't have any ground cloves and they still turned out delicious."

sueutah26 User ID: 1282811 103533
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Added a bit of lemon zest and let set in frig about an hour. Delicious and soft every time."

mko User ID: 3446632 177946
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

"These cookies are wonderful, and they taste even better the second day. I added 1 T. King Arthur Soft Diced Ginger. I used a size 50 scoop and it portioned it out to exactly 36 cookies. I rolled them in coarse sparkling sugar and they looked very attractive."

[email protected] User ID: 4553122 210311
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"Just made a double batch. A really nice light cookie. Will be making this again for sure. Thanks. I make cookies every Friday to take to work for the weekend during the tourist season as I live out in the boonies and am an interpreter for Nature Conservancy of Canada on their property that adjoins our ranch and have coffee and cookies ready for our tourists. So always on the lookout for extra special cookie recipes - this will be one of them."

tillytootles User ID: 1902787 117233
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"I bake alot and these had to be the worst cookies I have ever baked. They looked nothing like the photo and they were so hard - you would have broke a tooth off if you tried to eat one. They never flatten out like the photo - they just stayed in a 1 inch ball - I even tried to make their larger and cut down on the bakng time - nothing helped - they truely were the most awful cookies I have ever tried to make. I make everything from scratch - but this recipe is one to take the cake - not worth getting your mixer out to make!!! BAD BAD!!"

Smon User ID: 7015409 108110
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"These things were hard as bullets. I wondered when I saw how much flour was involved compared to the liquid ingredients. The taste is fine, but the "snap" is from your teeth breaking off"

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 103531
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"These were delicious! Thanks for sharing!"

yupyup02 User ID: 3872236 162874
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Made many batches and is now a family favorite and everyone asks for more!

Excellent recipe and so easy too, works for those of us with diabetes since I use Splenda brown sugar and Splenda for baking. They both work wonderful with this recipe, no one knows it is partly sugarfree unless I tell them. :)"

mcjaeger68 User ID: 4138737 176192
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"I love gingersnaps! My cookies also need to be tender so I have two great things in one when I make these cookies. Thank you Lara!"

ronalynn User ID: 5545679 142647
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"These are very, very good! I made these a long with several very good homemade candies for Christmas. These won out over all the other goodies."

MissAlys22 User ID: 6012648 210310
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"These are soft and delicious! So easy to make too. This is the first "from scratch" recipe that I've made and they are such a treat!"

whitelilies User ID: 914782 181151
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I loved ginger snaps when I was growing up, so when I saw this recipe, I got excited. These cookies are soooooooo delicious! I'll probably need to bake another batch since I'm eating so many of them."

JLS08 User ID: 5282006 176543
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"My whole family loves these cookies. Especially my toddlers! A great addition to our Christmas cookie list."

Barbara Hahn User ID: 1108656 177945
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"Excellent, although mine did not look like the picture, they were delicious!"

schweitzerca User ID: 1064748 162871
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Great recipe! easy and good. Would definitely make again."

dianejones User ID: 437057 181149
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"i have been making this recipe for years....these are wonderful cookies. soft, tasty, nothing too overpowering, not too sweet, not too UNsweet. :)"

tomaprilhogan User ID: 573646 96568
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"These were easy and delicious. Had a little trouble rolling into balls since they were so sticky but it was worth the effort!"

juliebules.21 User ID: 5879710 142646
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"I made these with the Pumpkin pie Dip Recipe and dunked them in... amazing!"

juliebules.21 User ID: 5879710 142645
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"Great recipe! Not an overpowering Gingersnap, definitely will make again."

levick20 User ID: 5413265 108109
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"This is the best gingersnap recipe I have found yet! I made them nice and small so I could try and make pumpkin pie dip for them! They stayed soft after cooling and weren't too greasy!"

tt2b123 User ID: 1638440 142644
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"Even when I think I overbake them, they are chewy in the middle. Spicy and delicious, definitely a keeper!"

AmandaNel User ID: 4316068 162804
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"Did just as the recipe said. Great cookies!!"

snowmoss User ID: 3204059 210309
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"These are the best! I even made a huge batch and froze the dough balls so I can just pull a few out and stick in the oven (less temptation to eat the whole batch;) I even dipped them in the white candy coating for an event we went to ---- yum-yum!"

pagunning User ID: 2507267 93562
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"I have made these cookies for several events now and everyone seems to like them, especially since they are soft. I substituted sorghum for the molasses and used a little more than the 1/4 cup called for in the recipe."

mwalker21 User ID: 987317 176541
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"These cookies were good but I like my moms gingersnap cookie recipe better."

gitnreal User ID: 4361514 176539
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"These cookies are SOOOO good and very easy to make. The house smells great while they are baking and the mild flavor is wonderful. Not over powering."

pearlrvr User ID: 1256058 142643
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"Awsome gingersnap! These were very soft and had a mild molasses flavor. I only used 1/4 tsp cloves but otherwise kept the rest of the ingredients the same. I like dense, chewy cookies, so when I took them out of the oven I dropped the baking pan onto the cooling rack a couple times from about 6 iches high to purposely make them fall. I will be making these every year!"

edsmom911 User ID: 951309 103529
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"these are the perfect gingerbread cookie. Wonderful buttery and spicy taste. I love the chewy texture. I will make them again and again."

giddyhermit User ID: 4579273 109779
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"Can someone tell me which issue this is in? I cannot find it in the one listed, ToH 10/11-08"

mduncan76 User ID: 5091317 162803
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"Great recipe. My son asks me to make these all the time. Getting ready to make some now!"

Mefredrick User ID: 1075054 181147
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"The taste of these cookies is excellent. My only problem, is that my cookies turned out flat? They were puffed up until I took them out of the oven to cool 1 minute. Then they immediately fell, and were flat. Any ideas why this happens?"

SherryRR User ID: 791239 176189
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Delicious! These gingersnaps were soft and chewy. My family loved them. They were easy to make as well."

mary1940 User ID: 2788691 176246
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"Excellent cookies. I frosted a few with cream cheese frosting. They also were a big hit."

maximus51 User ID: 5581424 177938
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"Wonderful cookies and very easy to make.

Unfortunately they lasted less than a day in my house with three teenage boys."

hulagirlfriend User ID: 462264 109778
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"This is a classic soft gingersnap recipe with a delicate interior and a delicate crisp exterior. Everyone should have this recipe in their recipe stash! Excellent."

heartlandmom User ID: 4373495 93561
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"Simple, delicious, nice mix of spices, these cookies bake up looking perfect. Melting the butter concerned me, but it made mixing easier and once dough was refrigerated, it worked very well."

cmilot User ID: 3721198 176187
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"Incredible cookies! I put a few in the freezer to see how they will be after freezing/thawing. I would love to be able to make a HUGE batch, then pull out of the freezer as needed, but I still want them to be soft. Hope that works."

jody13901 User ID: 1551772 142642
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"This one is an absolute keeper. They disappear as fast as they come out of the oven. Yum, yum, yum!!"

moffatfamily6 User ID: 2995268 96567
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"OH MY GOODNESS!!! These are heavenly!!! I love soft cake like cookies. I've never been too big a fan of ginger snaps but these totally changed my mind. Thank you so much for posting this recipe"

Michelle D User ID: 4651271 176538
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"This recipe is a keeper! Will be making these cookies again for sure!"

Dmurf59 User ID: 5418894 93560
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"Sorry....I was so excited about this recipe, I neglected to give a star rating with my review. But, of course, FIVE stars."

Dmurf59 User ID: 5418894 176165
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"This recipe is the bomb! I decided to stray from my usual annual gingerbread men cookies and I tried a test batch of these. What a hit! My 20-something son took them to work and co-workers told him I should open up a bakery - ha ha. So kudos to Lara Pennell for submitting such a wonderful recipe."

Paige17 User ID: 3542251 117230
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"I have made this recipe 3 times this week for different occasions. Every loves them and wants the recipe."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 176231
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"Guess what I returned and baked these yummy cookies AGAIN! Forgot I already submitted a rating- try 'em you like 'em"

lindavsmith User ID: 641789 177931
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"These are a constant in my home. They don't last long especially when they first come out of the oven. Yum! Yum! Thank you!"

LouannPearson User ID: 4534435 210308
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"Thank you for a good recipe! I loved the taste of these and the softness.This is my favorite cookie.Thank you!"

J-zel User ID: 4126703 96563
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010

"Yum!! Just made them and they're delicious. Mine are crispy at the edges, moist in the middle.

Definitely a keeper. Thanks!!"

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 117226
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"I love gingersnaps, this is a wonderful fast and easy recipe that is fail-proof. It has just the right amount of spices, I will return to this gingersnap recipe when I have that craving!"

nvthiele User ID: 30753 142641
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"these are indeed a very tender cookie - almost cake like! Store gently as they crumble easy but oh so yummy!"

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