Gingersnap Crinkle Cookies

The perfect thin and chewy sugar coated gingersnap crinkle cookie, with a rich molasses and ginger flavor.

Thin and chewy gingersnap crinkle cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Would it be weird to discuss dry skin on a food blog? I’m sure we all experience it to some degree, so…

Love Fall. Hate Winter. But that means I should partially detest Fall with ugly W word being so close behind, right? My skin sure does. It’s like my skin knows the dry season is upon us. The moment a leaf changes color or falls from a tree, instant dry skin. Annoying. And, I know I’m not alone.

After what feels like forever, I’ve finally found a solution. It only took trying all kinds of brands and varieties of lotions, creams, oils and in a wide range of prices. Specialty items to regular drugstore shelf items. Nothing worked. Sure, quick fixes that would only cover up the problem temporarily…reapply throughout the day kind of scenerio.

Granted, this isn’t a whole body fix. So if you have all over dry skin, then you’ll still want to use a thick moisturizing lotion. Are you ready for soft hydrated hands and feet this winter? You have to try O’Keefe’s healthy feet and working hands. It’s life (or skin) changing. It’s not an instant fix but it’s so far working worlds better than anything I’ve ever tried… and that’s saying a lot. It’s non-greasy and holds in the moisture your skin so desperately needs this time of year!

Thin and chewy gingersnap crinkle cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

And while you’re enjoying soft hands and feet again… you should most definitely be making your belly and tastebuds happy too… with these cookies!

I’ve loved gingersnap cookies (of all shapes, sizes and varieties) for-ever! My favorite store bought brand is a no-no now since it’s not considered peanut allergy friendly. And while this isn’t a recreation of that, it’s a really good flavor substitute and bonus… it has the snappy taste without the super hardcore crunch that most store bought ginger cookies offer.

These are the absolute best thin and chewy sugar coated gingersnap crinkle cookies. And providing that essential molasses and ginger flavor you crave. These gingersnap crinkle cookies are a must make!! And I guarantee they’ll disappear before your eyes, so grab one while you can!

Thin and chewy gingersnap crinkle cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Thin and chewy gingersnap crinkle cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Gingersnap Crinkle Cookies

Thin and chewy sugar coated cookies with a rich molasses and ginger flavor.
Prep Time2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time14 minutes
Total Time2 hours 24 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie
Servings: 20 cookies


  • 1/2 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 C vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C turbinado sugar


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, shortening, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add egg, vanilla and molasses. Scrape sides of bowl as needed. Add 1 cup of flour along with spices, salt and baking soda. Mix until just combined, followed by remaining 1 cup flour. Increase speed as needed to pull dough together. Cover and chill for minimum of 2-4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough and shape into smooth balls. Coat in turbinado sugar. Space 8-9 cookies 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Allow cookies to rest for 1 minute on baking sheet prior to transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.


*Chill dough between baking batches. Dough should remain fairly soft.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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68 Responses to “Gingersnap Crinkle Cookies”

  1. #
    Amanda — October 27, 2014 at 7:10 am

    This looks SOOOOO stinkin good! Achieving the perfect crisp is no easy feat, and you have done it perfectly!

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      Rachel — October 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks Amanda!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — October 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Gingersnaps are the hubs’ FAV! I actually tried to make my own recipe last week. Ya, that didn’t work.
    But you did all the hard work for me, and now I can get my best wife ever on and make these perfect cookies! Pinned!

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      Rachel — October 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      You guys would love these! :)

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    Beth @ The First Year — October 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I remember eating gingersnaps as a little one, so these definitely remind me of my childhood!

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      Rachel — October 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Love hearing that! :)

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — October 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

    These gingersnaps looks absolutely perfect! I could eat a dozen!

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      Rachel — October 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks Anna!

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    Amina+|+PAPER/PLATES — October 27, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Wow, I definitely have to try these soon.

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      Rachel — October 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      You definitely do!

  6. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — October 27, 2014 at 9:23 am

    These cookies are dreamy! They look so crispy and delicious. Also I’m with you on the dry skin business. The winer is torture on my skin. Ugh.

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      Rachel — October 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks so much :) And you definitely need to try that hand and foot stuff – works like a charm!

  7. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — October 27, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Mmm these look amazing, especially with that turbinado sugar coating! So delicious. Pinned!

    • #
      Rachel — October 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks Rachel! :)

  8. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — October 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I love anything that has ginger in it. These cookies look pretty darn amazing.

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      Rachel — October 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks so much Brian! :)

  9. #
    Jessica @ Sweet Menu — October 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    A giant cookie is one of my favourite treats! These look fantastic!!!

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      Rachel — October 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Thanks so much Jessica! :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — October 28, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I use Kiehl’s ultimate hand salve year-round but specifically in the winter it’s SKIN CHANGING! I don’t get the cracks like I used to. I haven’t found anything for my feet so I think I’ll have to give the O’Keefe’s a try. The heels are the worst! Now that I’ve gotten my skin taken care of, I think my belly needs to be full of these cookies :)

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      Rachel — October 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

      You must try the foot cream. So good. And yes… cookies are a must now ;)

  11. #
    Michelle+@+Healthy+Recipe+Ecstasy — October 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Ever since I got pregnant, I’ve been obsessed with gingersnaps! Love these!

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      Rachel — October 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Michelle! :)

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — October 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I hear ya on the dry skin…it has started here already. I’ll have to check out that lotion for sure. And gingersnaps that are chewy? Yes, please. I am not a fan of the hard crunchy store bought ones!

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      Rachel — October 28, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Yes and yes! You should check out the cream and would totally love the cookies too :)

  13. #
    Brittany Ritcher — October 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the skin recommendation! My poor boyfriend struggles with dry, cracked skin all winter long, constantly applying and reapplying lotions of all different kinds. Hopefully this will work for him too!


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      Rachel — October 28, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      I hope it helps him! :)

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    Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire — October 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Yeah, I totally suffer from dry skin when the weather gets cold. I have a few different favorites for my hands. I will have to try O’Keefe’s. Lately though, I’ve been loving Julique hand creams (the scents are awesome). I adore gingersnap cookies and these are definitely going on my list of Christmas cookies to make.

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      Rachel — October 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Amanda! I hope you enjoy them! And good luck with the dry skin… ugh the yearly battle!

  15. #
    Dawn — October 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog through pintrest. I am also from Southern NH, and had to laugh at your dry skin comments as every year at this time I experience the same agony. I will definitely try O’Keefes~ thanks for the suggestion. Looking forward to baking these cookies and following a fellow New Englander

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      Rachel — October 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

      So glad you found me! That cream is the best I’ve found yet so I hope it helps you too! And I hope you enjoy the cookies! :)

  16. #
    Jayne — November 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I made the dough late last night not realizing the 2-4 hour chill time. So I got up this morning to finish them for church. I just took some out of the oven, let them rest and because I do carb backloading I won’t be able to taste them until later.

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      Rachel — November 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      I hope you enjoy them! :)

  17. #
    Jenna Hobart — November 25, 2014 at 8:24 am

    These look delish and as I don’t have a standard gingers nap recipe, I can’t wait to try them!!! I am assuming the ginger is fresh grated and not powdered? Thanks so much!!!

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      Rachel — November 27, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Pre-ground store bought ginger was used for this recipe. Enjoy!

  18. #
    Kate — December 13, 2014 at 2:12 am

    I don’t have a silmat, do I use wax paper or spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray? Thanks!

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      Rachel — December 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Do not use wax paper as it’s not meant for cooking purposes. The best alternative to a silicone mat is parchment paper. Enjoy!

  19. #
    Lisa — December 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

    These are FANTASTIC! The PERFECT cookie, chewy, crisp, a little crunch from the sugar. Just great!

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      Rachel — December 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! :)

  20. #
    Jayne — January 11, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    These are so good! The only thing was I didn’t read all the way thru to see they needed chill time. So I had to whip up a different cookie. But the cookies so easy and so tasty. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rachel — January 12, 2015 at 7:37 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! :)

  21. #
    Sheila — February 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Perfect for a cold snowy day here in the mountains of Tennessee. In the oven now….Thank you!

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      Rachel — February 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Enjoy! :)

  22. #
    Catherine — March 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Dear Rachel, These cookies look wonderful. I love gingersnap…there is something so warm and comforting about them with tea. Pinned for later. xo, Catherine

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      Rachel — March 25, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Thanks so much Catherine! :)

  23. #
    Sandra Hayes — March 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I made my 1st batch. Disappointed they did not flatten or spread. What can I do to fix this. I still have dough left.
    Thank you

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      Rachel — March 29, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      They should spread on their own, but if you’re having trouble, just flatten them slightly prior to baking.

  24. #
    Sophie Harding — May 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Hi! These cookies look amazing! I just wondered, could you swap the shortening in the recipe for using butter only?

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      Rachel — May 6, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Typically they can be swapped for each other, but results will not be identical and the amount (of whichever ingredient) may need to be changed a bit.

  25. #
    T — September 22, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I wonder how much fresh ginger would you use?

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      Rachel — September 23, 2015 at 6:52 am

      The flavor of fresh vs ground can be quite different. And, often times ground is used specifically for baking while fresh is used for more savory dishes due to their varying flavors and potency levels. I wouldn’t personally recommend using fresh for this particular recipe, but you’re certainly welcome to give it a try.

  26. #
    AMY — December 24, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I just made these cookies and didnt use my silpat or parchment on the first to third batch. each batch spread so much that the cookies are now like candy and break. So, I decided to get out my silpat and try that… still now joy. the cookies spread so much that I am tempted to add more flour to the mix. Any ideas why this is happening? and if it means anything, I am at sea level… would that make a difference?

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      Rachel — December 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

      They should flatten quite a bit, as you can see from the images, but remain soft and not at all like hard candy. As far as the how much they’re cooking, it’s possible that your oven temperature is off.

  27. #
    Jennifer — November 16, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Can the dough be chilled overnight?

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      Rachel — November 17, 2016 at 7:16 am

      Definitely. It will likely harden a bit too much overnight, so you’ll need to leave it on the counter until it’s easy to scoop.

  28. #
    Jodi — October 31, 2018 at 11:04 am

    These are my families new favorite cookie! They ask for them every week. Such a great recipe, they also make the house smell wonderful when they come out of the oven. Thank you Rachel!!!

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      Rachel — November 5, 2018 at 6:55 am

      So glad everyone has enjoyed them! :)

  29. #
    Jodi — December 10, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    can these be frozen?

    • #
      Rachel — December 12, 2018 at 6:58 am

      They should freeze fine. Good luck!

  30. #
    Gayle — March 7, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Rachel, These look so good. They’re the first thing I bake (goodie wise), in the fall. I can’t wait to try your recipe. They’re great with hot coffee. Thank you for sharing.
    P.S. All of your cookies look good.

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      Rachel — March 13, 2020 at 10:19 am

      Thanks so much, Gayle! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them!

  31. #
    Diane Marie — October 26, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Absolutely delicious. Made exactly as written, except had to leave dough in fridge overnight. Still soft and easy to roll. These are perfect thin, crispy cookies with a great flavor. My hubby doesn’t like soft cookies, he thinks these are great. Thank you!

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      Rachel — October 31, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      So glad you both enjoyed them! Thanks so much for sharing, Diane!

  32. #
    Brenda — November 2, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    I love gingersnaps and this is a great recipe! They turned out perfectly. My husband is not a gingersnap person but he loved these! I will definitely be making these again.

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      Rachel — November 7, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      So glad you both enjoyed them, Brenda! :)

  33. #
    Jennifer Mead — January 14, 2022 at 10:18 am

    I have made dozens and dozens of these cookies. They are our family favorite! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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      Rachel — January 18, 2022 at 8:33 am

      So glad everyone has enjoyed them!

  34. #
    Susan Hughes — October 10, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Made these yesterday. I love trying new recipes. I have a limited budget and limited kitchen tools. So, I did not have the scoop or the pad. I rolled balls the size of walnuts and placed directly on cookie sheets. Baked for about 10 minutes. They turned out deliciously. Too deliciously. These are dangerously addictive. They are now a staple in recipe box. I shall thank you now but curse you when I get on the scale.

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      Rachel — October 11, 2023 at 10:09 am

      So glad you enjoyed them, Susan!

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