Cookies are the best.

Especially around Christmas, because then you get to make (and eat) as many cookies as you want, and you get to call everything a CHRISTMAS COOKIE.

Plus, I promised a cookie recipe to celebrate the new blog design (wahoo!) Not that I needed another excuse to make these gingersnaps. Because I love them. The greatest part is that they freeze spectacularly – freeze the dough and defrost it before you bake them, or freeze the cookies after they’re baked. Either way, it’s easy to have fresh gingersnaps whenever you want them. And that’s what I call a win.

YIELD: 40 small cookies
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ cup white sugar, in a separate bowl, for rolling cookies in before you bake
  1. Cream together butter and brown sugar.
  2. Add molasses and egg to mixture and beat until smooth.
  3. Mix in flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves
  4. Measure out a heaping tablespoon of dough (or more, if you want a larger cookie!) and roll it into a ball with your hands. If the dough is sticking to your hands, splash some water over your fingers to help the dough not stick so much.
  5. Drop the ball of dough into the white sugar and roll it around until the sugar covers the ball’s surface.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all the dough has been rolled and dipped in sugar. (If you want, you can skip the sugar-dipping step and freeze the rolled dough – just defrost and roll the balls in sugar whenever you’re ready to bake them!)
  7. Place dough balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 375.



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  • Carly April 6, 2013, 3:51 PM

    I guess this is meant to be a “Christmas Cookie” with all the warm spices, but I think that beginning of April is as fine a time to make a gingersnap cookie as any other time! haha!
    Just finished baking these and wanted to let you know that they turned out wonderfully — full of flavor, nice and chewy, and just the perfect size. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Jessie April 11, 2013, 5:29 PM

      I’m glad you liked them! I’m definitely a believer in Christmas cookies year-round :)

  • NailCandy December 23, 2012, 12:57 AM

    These were AMAZING! I’m definitely looking forward to trying more of your cookie recipes!

    • Jessie December 23, 2012, 11:25 AM

      I’m so glad you liked them! These are one of my top five favorite cookies. Thanks for letting me know how they turned out!

  • Rhonda December 14, 2012, 4:53 PM

    These are fabulous and the photos are amazing!

  • Cubicle December 14, 2012, 4:02 PM

    I love the fact that you can freeze the dough ahead of time and defrost before baking. I’m always running so far behind that I should make a batch of dough, freeze it, and then pull it out to make the day of a party. Thanks!