Soft and Chewy Gingersnap Cookies infused with molasses, cinnamon, and cloves. These will make the perfect edible gift this holiday!
Old-fashioned chewy gingersnap cookies
Gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookies to make around the holidays. Every year I whip up a batch and ship them off to family.
Growing up I would look forward to my godmother’s old-fashioned gingersnap cookies. They were the absolute best!
She would bake them every year for the holidays.
Sometimes she’d wait for me to visit and we’d make them together. I always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen with her.
I’ve made her recipe countless times over the years and it never fails to bring back sweet childhood memories.
The soft chewy texture is exactly what I love most when it comes to cookies and these chewy gingersnaps are exactly that.
They are flavored with molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and brown sugar. The spices are perfectly balanced.
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Chewy ginger cookies
There are a couple factors that aid the chewy texture of today’s cookies.
A combination of white and brown sugar is used and we all know brown sugar is amazing for creating a chewy texture.
It also adds more molasses flavor which is a bonus. The white sugar isn’t moist like brown sugar so adding some of that helps create a crispness on the outside of the cookie.
Molasses is also a culprit in the chewy factor. I used 1/4 of a cup which is just enough liquid to make the cookies spread a bit.
Shortening! My beloved shortening. I am known for adding shortening to my cookie recipes to help keep them soft.
However, it works a bit differently in today’s cookies. Yes, they are still soft in the center but the shortening works with molasses to create chewiness.
The printable recipe card with full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.
I roll my gingersnaps in granulated sugar before baking. This will add to the crispiness of the exterior but does nothing for the soft, chewy center.
I’m all for contrasting textures but you can skip the sugar rolling if you want. Or you can roll them in coarse sugar for more of a crunch!
The great thing about these cookies is they retain their chewy texture for several days so they perfect for giving away as holiday gifts.
The outer appearance of today’s chewy gingersnap cookies reminds me a lot of crackle cookies.
The cracking happens during baking. The cookies will puff up then begin to spread which results in a crackly top.
I’ll never stop making these chewy gingersnap cookies loaded with ginger, cinnamon, and molasses. They’ll remain close to my heart.
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Chewy Gingersnap Cookies
- 3/4 cup (153 g) vegetable shortening
- 1/3 cup (66 g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (110 g) light brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup (84 g) unsulfered molasses
- 2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar, for rolling
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening and sugars until fluffy and blended. Beat in the egg and molasses.
- In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Stir with a whisk. Slowly stir the dry mixture into the molasses mixture just until dough forms. Cover and chill the dough for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF degrees. Roll the dough into 1 Tbs sized balls, rolls the balls into the remaining sugar, and place them 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes.
- Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make ahead tip
- The cookies will remain fresh for 1 week stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
- The cookie dough can be made up to 3 days in advance. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature and continue the recipe instructions.
- Baked cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months.
- Cookie dough can be rolled into balls and frozen for up to 3 months. Roll frozen dough balls in sugar and bake as directed. You may need to add an additional minute or two to the bake time.