Gingersnap Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Buttercream

More festive baking coming your way 🙂  Christmas is right around the corner, can hardly believe it!!

Gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookies so I decided to incorporate them into a cupcake and….yowsa these turned out good. You top these bad boys with a few dollops of my Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Butter cream and find yourself licking your fingers clean. Enjoy friends 🙂

There’s a step by step video of this festive cupcake at the bottom of this post that I worked on with Goodbite, take a peek 🙂


Gingersnap cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting on a plate

Gingersnap Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Buttercream

Gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookies so I decided to incorporate them into a cupcake and….yowsa these turned out good. You top these bad boys with a few dollops of my Vanilla Bean Cinnamon Buttercream and find yourself licking your fingers clean.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Jenny
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For the Cupcakes

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup gingersnap cookies ground very fine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Frosting

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered/confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add in eggs and molasses until well combined.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, ground gingersnap cookies, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. 
  • Add half to wet ingredients then half of milk and vanilla ending with remaining dry ingredients and milk/vanilla.
  • Scoop batter into 12 lined cupcake cups and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center. Remove and let cool completely.
  • To make frosting beat softened butter and powdered sugar in mixing bowl until smooth while slowly adding milk/vanilla and cinnamon in to get a smooth thick frosting.
  • When cupcakes are cooled spread over tops and serve.


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: christmas cupcake idea, christmas cupcakes, holiday desserts



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41 Responses
  1. Robyn | Add a Pinch

    Oh my, these look like little bites of heaven! Perfect for the Christmas dessert buffet!!!

  2. Jennifer (Savor)

    Love this Jenny – love if you can email me to chat about this recipe and babble!

  3. peggy

    Definitely a genius idea to turn a classic cookie into a cupcake! that buttercream sounds delicious as well!

  4. Kate @ Cooking During Stolen Moments

    That frosting has me drooling…I love the flavor combination. OK, the cupcakes sound great too, but I’d take a bowl of that frosting right now. Vanilla and cinnamon are two of my favorite flavors. I bet the frosting would be awesome on some homemade cinnamon rolls too!

  5. Susan

    These look delicious, Jenny! We are making gingerbread cookies today – wish I had some of these, too though!

  6. Becca H

    Oh Lordy have mercy… ginger and vanilla bean… two of my favorite flavors in the universe. Pair that with the fact that I’ll be starting my cake rotation in culinary school next Monday. Every Thursday, we’re required to bring in a practical homework assignment. Guess there’s no wondering what I’LL be making for homework next week! 🙂

  7. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Jenny, these are the perfect winter holiday cupcakes. They look delish & I bet the house smells wonderful as they bake. xo

  8. Wenderly

    Could you be any cuter love? Nope…I don’t think so! Looks like you’re ready for HGTV! 🙂

  9. Sarah K.

    Sounds delicious! And I love the notebook paper graphic you have behind the recipe, that’s awesome!!

  10. Mads

    Wow, that looks like such an insanely delicious cupcake!
    I have yet to find anything resemble gingersnaps or gingerbread cookies in LA. I’m confused because it seems like California should be all over that.
    Oh well, I’ll have to drool vicariously through these pictures.

    1. Jenny

      Hmmm, I’m not far from you and I can get them at Ralphs, Pavillions and Gelsons. Have you checked any of these?

  11. Liz

    Vanilla bean cinnamon buttercream! Oh my gosh! I would love to use that for my pumpkin whoopie pies.

  12. Michelle

    Oh my goodness, this is a great cupcake. I love when you can turn favorite treats on their ear like this.

  13. Heather (Heather's Dish)

    ok, so i’m now officially 10 lbs heavier because i made your brownie-baked oreos last night!

  14. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    Yummy! What’s more perfect for the holidays than ginger cakes?! These look delish!

  15. Jihane (Sinful Sundays)

    Gingersnaps and molasses in a cupcake sounds great! Your video made it look so easy too.

  16. Estela @ Weekly Bite

    Gingersnaps are a favorite cookie of mine! What a great idea to incorporate them into a cookie!
    Looks amazing!

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