Old-Fashioned Ginger Snaps

ginger snap cookies
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Ratings (10)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 dozen (96 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
29 Calories
2g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe is for classic old-fashioned ginger snap cookies, made with molasses, butter, brown sugar, and spices.


  • 2 3/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ​cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ​ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3/4 cup  unsalted butter (softened)​
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine flour, soda, and spices in a bowl and set aside.

  2. Cream sugar and butter. Beat in egg and molasses until light and fluffy. Stir in flour mixture just until blended. Chill for 2 hours or more.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  4. Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls, roll in granulated sugar, and place on lightly greased baking sheets about 2 inches apart.

  5. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.

  6. Bake the cookies for about 8 to 10 minutes, until set.