Soft Batch Style Gingersnap Cookies

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My Soft Batch Style Gingersnap Cookies make the perfect Christmas Cookies! Spiced just right, these get rave reviews every year.

gingersnap cookies stacked

Gingersnap cookies are some of my very favorite cookies EVER. Not only are they the most amazing Christmas cookies, but I could literally enjoy these all year round. They’re THAT good. Perfect spices and texture…and who doesn’t love brown butter cookies?! I love the crispy buttery edges and soft chewy centers. These make the best cookie exchange cookie recipe and they are great for packaging in a box or cellophane bag with a little bow. These will be my cookie that I give to my neighbors this year for Christmas.

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browned butter for gingersnap cookies

How To Brown Butter?

I’ve got step by step photos and instructions on how to brown butter HERE.

ingredients for gingersnap cookies

Ingredients Needed For Gingersnap Cookies

*See bottom of post for entire recipe in recipe card.

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • egg
  • molasses
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • granulated sugar

What Exactly Is A Gingersnap Cookie?

Gingersnap cookies contain molasses and spices such as ginger and cinnamon in the recipe. The ideal gingersnap is buttery crispy on the outside and perfectly chewy on the inside.

gingersnap cookies ingredients

How To Make Gingersnap Cookies

Gingersnap cookies are surprisingly as simple to prepare as any of your other simple cookie recipes. This recipe requires browning your butter, but once you’ve browned butter, you know there’s nothing tricky about it. Follow the recipe instructions below and you’ll be on your way to the perfect Christmas cookie!

Add your brown butter, coconut oil, brown sugar, molasses and egg to a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.

dry ingredients for gingersnap cookies

Add your dry ingredients up next!

adding cinnamon and ginger to bowl for gingersnap cookies

Cinnamon and ginger. The perfect christmas cookie spices!

roll gingersnap cookie dough into balls

Once dough is formed, roll dough into balls and roll into granulated sugar.

gingersnap cookies on baking sheet

Place dough balls onto baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F.

stacked gingersnap cookies

How To Serve Gingersnap Cookies

Serve cookies room temperature or chilled during your Holiday parties. They make perfect neighbor gifts too! Wrap in cellophane bags with some twine. We do this about every year.

How To Store Leftovers

Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Try chilling them in the refrigerator for an extra chewy cookie!

gingersnap cookies
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Soft Batch Style Gingersnaps

These brown butter soft gingersnap cookies are the PERFECT Holiday cookie!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 24
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $10
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  • Oven
  • baking sheet
  • cookie scoop
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup softened or melted coconut oil you can substitute 1/4 cup more brown butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling dough in


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
    • Place butter into a small saucepan over medium heat. Melt and cook/stir until browned. Takes a good 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.
    • Place cooled brown butter (ok if it's still warm) into a stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Add coconut oil, brown sugar, molasses and egg, beating on medium until well combined. Slowly add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Mix until just combined. Dough will be thick. Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into granulated sugar and place onto prepared baking sheet. Place 1 inch apart to allow for spreading. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until baked through. Remove and let cool on baking sheet for at least 15 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Serve room temperature or chilled.


    Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 79mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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    49 Responses
    1. Yvonny James

      Just curious but it just states 1 stick of butter, is that the small 1/2 stick of butter or 1 cup stick of butter?

    2. Arlene Claudio

      Hi Jenny!I have a question? I have every single ingredient to make this cookie except the coconut oil. What can I use to substitute it? Thank you. Happy Holidays! 🙂

    3. Rachel Miller

      I just made these cookies last night! Oh my god! I’ve never really been a big gingersnap fan – brown butter fan YES! These are freaking awesome! They have this rich, spicy, and chewy texture that is just to die for. My fiancé ate 5 in one sitting and he told me before I made them that he didn’t like gingersnaps either. I strongly urge any non believers to use the coconut oil – it adds this depth of flavor that the butter doesn’t bring to the table. I added a 1/4 tsp. of cardamom and some freshly grated nutmeg. These are definitely being added to my usual repertoire. THANK YOU!

    4. Alyson

      I love this recipe Jenny!! I made these cookies and completely fell in love! I plan to make a few more batches of these for holiday parties and actually wrote a recommendation for others to try these on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome creation!

    5. Maegan @ The BakerMama

      How perfect are these for the Holidays and beyond?! I bet the brown butter and coconut oil make them something special!

      1. Jenny

        Hi Rebecca, I haven’t substitued it for another oil, so I would just add 4 more tablespoons of butter if you don’t want to use the coconut oil. Hope you enjoy!

    6. Graham Blackall

      These look so great! Anything with brown butter is an immediate winner in my eyes.

      Gonna have to try these this weekend!

    7. Molly L.

      I’m obsessed with anything brown butter + anything gingersnaps! Question – do you taste the coconut oil in the finished cookie? I’m not crazy about the flavor of coconut – could I just use 1/4 cup more of butter?

      Thank you 🙂

    8. Julie @ Table for Two

      I really think I’m going to make this this weekend! It looks and sound so good! I LOVE how soft they look too!

    9. Heather Christo

      These hit me right in the soft spot Jenny (haha, no pun intended!) they look totally amazing, and exactly like what my family would love!

    10. Averie @ Averie Cooks

      Ohmygosh. My Sunday post is softbatch molasses cookies. At least I didn’t use browned butter..LOL

      Your cookies are gorgeous Jenny! One of my fave cookies in the whole wide world is a soft molasses cookie! Pinned!

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