Gingerdoodle Cookies

Gingerdoodle cookies: Your favorite soft snickerdoodle cookie with a seasonal gingerbread twist. A great addition to your holiday baking!

Gingerdoodle Cookies Recipe from Soft gingerbread snickerdoodle style cookies. A must make!

Ever since the Mr introduced me to Pandora ages ago, I’ve been completely obsessed. Whenever my phone is plugged in while I’m in the kitchen, music is playing. I have a few stations that I rotate between with a bunch of others that are fun on occasion but my most recent station love is Kate Voegele. Most people probably know her from the show One Tree Hill. I just love her singing. She’s fun and different from many others out there.

So anyway… when I added that station, for some reason it never occurred to me that songs from the show would eventually start playing. When a song from Bethany Joy Lenz came on, I got all nostalgic wanting to go and watch a One Tree Hill marathon. I promise it’ll happen… and maybe even from season one because that would really be the only right way to do it. Of course, I still want to do a full blown Friends marathon from the very beginning. I’ve been talking about doing that forever and it has yet to happen. So we’ll see how long it takes me to actually do a marathon of One Tree Hill.

Gingerdoodle Cookies Recipe from Soft gingerbread snickerdoodle style cookies. A must make!

Of course when the time finally comes to do a marathon, I might (okay … I’ll definitely) need a batch of these gingerdoodle cookies to satisfy my sweet tooth. I have a strong love for snickerdoodle cookies. But not the thin crunchy stiff kind. I like mine soft and fluffy with a nice crunchy sugar coating. That to me is the perfect snickerdoodle. I’ve made the classic snickerdoodle and even a pumpkin snickerdoodle cookie, so it seemed fitting to finally make a version for the Christmas baking season.

These gingerdoodles are basically a gingerbread snickerdoodle. Light and fluffy on the inside with a crisp cinnamon-sugar coating. The perfect seasonal twist to a classic cookie!

Gingerdoodle Cookies Recipe from Soft gingerbread snickerdoodle style cookies. A must make!

Gingerdoodle Cookies

Your favorite soft snickerdoodle cookie with a seasonal gingerbread twist.
Prep Time2 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time14 minutes
Total Time2 hours 19 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie
Servings: 2 dozen cookies


  • 1/2 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/3 C granulated sugar
  • 2/3 C light brown sugar
  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 1/2 C all purpose flour

For rolling:

  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. With mixer running on low, add molasses, vanilla and egg. Continue mixing until smooth. Slowly add in remaining dry ingredients. Gradually increase speed as needed until dough is smooth and combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until chilled through.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Scoop dough with a medium cookie scoop, shape into smooth balls. Roll in remaining sugar and cinnamon. Place 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14 minutes. Allow cookies to sit on pan for 1 minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

More holiday cookies to try:
Gingerbread Kiss cookies
Cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies
Cranberry molasses cookies
Jumbo dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies
Candy cane thumbprints
Gingerbread cookies
Oatmeal peppermint cookies
Chewy molasses cookies

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50 Responses to “Gingerdoodle Cookies”

  1. #
    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — December 5, 2013 at 6:46 am

    What a fun idea to do a gingerdoodle. They look amazing. I love pandora. I picked out a Christmas station last night. Love!

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      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      I have to spread out my Christmas music or I’ll be sick of it very soon :) And thank you!

  2. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 5, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Love this puffy little cookie!! And I MUST add that station! Pandora is always on in my kitchen too.

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      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Yes! You’ll love it. Such fun music.

  3. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — December 5, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Gingerbread is my favorite- these look so creative, soft and yummy! I’ll definitely be trying :)

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      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Ali! I hope you like them.

  4. #
    Beth Roberts — December 5, 2013 at 8:29 am

    You always have the best recipes!!! These sound and look awesome!!!! Will be going on my Christmas cookie trays for sure.

    • #
      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Beth! That’s really sweet of you to say. I hope you enjoy them!

  5. #
    Tieghan — December 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Such a puffy and perfect little cookie!! I love ginger, so I have to give these a try!

    • #
      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Tieghan!

  6. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — December 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I could eat a boatload [sleigh full?] of these cookies dipped in some hot cocoa!! I recently started listening to my tunes on Songza and I think I like it more than Pandora, just a thought

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      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Haha yessss a sleigh full! :)

  7. #
    Shari Kelley — December 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I love Pandora, too! And these cookies look so delicious. Your pictures are just beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • #
      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks so much Shari!

  8. #
    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — December 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

    These cookies came out great! They’re so fluffy and fabulous!

    • #
      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Pamela!

  9. #
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — December 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    oh god, these are so delicious looking. And Pandora is a must for me too, in the kitchen and at work :) I am currently listen to Mariah Carey Holiday station.

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      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      I love that station too! So fun.

  10. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — December 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Gingerbread and Snickerdoodles. Combined. You kill me. <3 <3 <3

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      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Aww thanks Amy!

  11. #
    Cheryl — December 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I will try these, but I’m a chewy, molasses, ginger cookie girl. We’ll see…

    • #
      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      I hope you like them! :)

  12. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — December 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    These are destined to be my new favorite cookie!

  13. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — December 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Love how soft and puffy these little cookies look! Ginger and snickerdoodle is the perfect combination!

    • #
      Rachel — December 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks Jessica!

  14. #
    Dina — December 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    looks like a delicious hybrid!

  15. #
    DessertForTwo — December 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I could sink my teeth into this whole bowl of cookies. You combined my two favorite cookies! I love you!

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Haha thanks!! I’m glad you approve :)

  16. #
    Paula — December 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Soft and chewy are my favourite kind of cookies. Creating a gingerdoodle cookie for the holidays was a wonderful idea. They look amazing!

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      Rachel — December 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Thanks Paula, they truly were delicious! :)

  17. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — December 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I love how puffy and soft these look!!! We love Pandora too…I’ll have to check out that station.

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      Rachel — December 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Jocelyn!

  18. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — December 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Ok, #1: I told you this on instagram, but I seriously LOVE that song by Bethany Joy Lenz. One Tree Hill was like the grown up Dawson’s Creek and I had a major obsession with both those shows.

    #2: Gingerdoodles are freaking genius. MUST make them this season :)

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Then you absolutely need that station in your life (and the cookies too) :)

  19. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — December 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    The name of this is so cute!! They look SO SO soft!! Is One Tree Hill on Netflix? i think it is..I should start watching it, but I really don’t like the guy in it (even though he’s cute)..the one that dated/married Sophia Bush and then was a d-bag and cheated on her (maybe I’m making this up), but anyway, I’ve had a bad image of him ever since. Butttt I love teen drama so i bet i could get sucked into that show :)

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Ooh it might be and of course if it is then you HAVE to start watching from season 1 ;)

  20. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Two of my favorites all in one cookie! I am totally making these for Christmas!

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Yay! I hope you enjoy them :)

  21. #
    Joanne — December 7, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Ooooo One Tree Hill…such awesome memories from high school. It was one of my favorites.

    I think a marathon is definitely in order, but only so long as I have a batch of these cookies to accompany it!

    • #
      Rachel — December 7, 2013 at 9:20 am

      So glad I’m not alone with my love for the show :)

  22. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — December 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Oh I love these :) I have a feeling this could be my new favorite holiday cookie!

  23. #
    Lej — December 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Ok I think I must be doing something wrong. Because the dough isnt coming together, looks really dry. And chilling it seems to be drying it out even more. Does it really need 2 1/2 cups of flour? Can I get away with a 1/4 instead?

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      Rachel — December 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

      The recipe is correct as written and should turn out if proper measuring and mixing is done.

  24. #
    Kayla — December 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    @Lej, I had the same issue with mine. Had a hard time getting the dough to combine well, but maybe it’s because I’m using a cheap hand mixer. The cookies were drier than I had hoped for. I made 4 batches of these (was for a big party), so had lots of practice and extra opportunities to double check my measurements. Didn’t come quite as soft & chewy as I was hoping and again, a bit too dry for my liking.

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      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      I’m sure the method of mixing is definitely an issue. With a stand mixer it comes together easily while increasing speeds. I imagine that would be harder with a hand mixer, but it still should not be dry by any means. I’ve made it multiple times without issue and at no time was it dry or crumbly. Someone else has had success by simply adding an egg, so feel free to do that in the future.

  25. #
    Kayla — December 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    But, I will say, I love the concept and will try again with some variations to moisten them up a bit. I could tell the flavor was there, just not the texture.

  26. #
    MaryLou — December 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Had the same problem with using a hand mixer. Very dry and hard as a rock. I could taste the flour. Tried again using only 2 cups of sugar and cooked 8 minutes vs. 14. They rested in the pan 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack, and they were absolutely INCREDIBLE..

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      Rachel — December 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      I’m glad you were able to make them work for you. It definitely is an issue with mixing by hand because they do come together easily in a stand mixer.

  27. #
    Dj — December 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Is the ginger ground or ginger root

    • #
      Rachel — December 14, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Ground ginger is used.

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