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Soft Gingersnap Molasses Cookies: 4 Ways

The softest gingersnap molasses cookies… ever.

Soft Molasses Cookies - these are the softest molasses cookies! Puffy, chewy, and completely melt in your mouth.

I may or may not be overloading you with cookie recipes lately. But hey… tis’ the season right?! Truth of the matter is that I simply adore cookies. Creating them, baking them, decorating them, eating them. There are so many options, so many add-ins, so many varieties.  There’s a real science behind baking cookies and, call me a nerd, but I love learning more and more with each batch I bake.

Gingersnap molasses cookies are one of my favorite cookies around the holidays, and I’m here to share 4 ways you can bake them. Soft, chewy, puffy, and simple. You cannot go wrong!

So. Earlier this month, I shared this gingersnap recipe with you and loaded the humble little cookies with butterscotch chips. You loved them! And so did I. I made a few other batches later that week. I made them plain, with chocolate chips, and with white chocolate chips. Here are the cookies with butterscotch: Soft Gingersnaps with Butterscotch Chips.

My friend Erin said the plain version are the BEST cookies I have ever made. And I make a lot of cookies. That says something. The cookies are so puffy, so soft, so thick, and incredibly chewy – everything I look for in a cookie’s texture. I like to compare them to little pillows. Pillowy molasses gingersnap cookies.

With a sugary sheen and trademark crinkly tops, gingersnap molasses cookies are the epitome of holiday baking.  So many memories with my mom and sisters, rolling the balls of dough into a big mountain of sugar. The sugar-dip is the best part of making gingersnaps!

Soft Molasses Cookies - these are the softest molasses cookies! Puffy, chewy, and completely melt in your mouth.

While I simply adore the butterscotch chips hiding inside, I wanted to show you three more ways to make these cookies. Plain, with white chocolate, and with semi-sweet chocolate. Here are the cookies with white chocolate chips:

White Chocolate Chip Gingersnap Cookies-- you will LOVE these!

And here they are with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Chocolate and molasses?  Simply divine. ↓

Chocolate Chip Gingersnap Cookies-- these are simply divine. Any time of year!

Plain and simple, these will be the thickest and softest gingersnap cookies you will ever make.

There are two very critical notes on my gingersnap cookies. First, make sure you chill the dough. Prepare ahead of time so that the dough can chill 2 hours or overnight. Your cookies will NOT be as thick as mine unless the dough has been sufficiently chilled. Second, the amount of time you bake your gingersnaps is imperative- so so important to the texture of your finished cookie. Be sure to bake for only 8-10 minutes.  Lean towards the 8 minute side. The cookies will appear soft and may look undone. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet and I assure you, they will be done.

Between the plain, the butterscotch, the white chocolate, or the regular chocolate…

Which one do you like the best?

Soft-Baked Gingersnap Molasses Cookies

Soft-style and super thick Gingersnap Molasses Cookies. Enjoy them with chocolate chips, white chocolate, or butterscotch. Or simply plain - my favorite way.


  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (104g) dark molasses
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar, for rolling
  • 1 cup (180g) butterscotch chips or white chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand or handheld mixer, cream the softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Add the brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides as needed. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla. Beat well, scraping down the sides as needed again.
  2. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet on low speed. Do not overmix. Cover mixed dough with foil and chill for 2 hours or overnight. I chilled mine overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart. Bake for precisely 8-10 minutes, until the edges are just turning brown – cookies will be puffy and still appear soft in the middle. Mine took 8:30 minutes. Remove from the oven and, if using any variety of flavor chip, immediately press 5-7 chips into the center of each cookie.
  4. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for two minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Cookies may be frozen up to 3 months. Rolled cookie dough balls (after the cookie dough has been chilled in step 2) may be frozen up to 3 months. Do not thaw, simply bake for 1-2 minutes longer.

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  1. I just wanted to tell you that I made these last year when I was enormously pregnant and awaiting my overdue daughter’s arrival and then my husband and I ate them while I was in labor and then while we were at the hospital following my daughter’s birth. I’m making them again this year because they are so wonderful and I will treasure this recipe because it brings back such memories. Thanks!

    • This comment made my morning. This particularly dreary, rainy, cold morning. Just want I needed to read Michelle. I am beyond happy that my recipe will forever be treasured. I hope your daughter loves them one day!

  2. WONDERFUL recipe! I’ve been looking for a molasses cookie that stays chewy and soft, and these are just perfect, with a slight crunch on the outside that makes them just heavenly. I made them very small (the batch yielded 110 cookies) and just reduced the bake time to about 6.5 minutes; I’m using them as Christmas cookies. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe–these are definitely a new favorite!

    • Wow! Those must be some tiny cookies. I have no doubt they are amazing. The smaller, the more you can eat – right?! Thanks Marisa!

  3. I don’t see any eggs listed in the ingredients but you have directions to add egg. How many?

    I also didn’t see the ommission in anu of the comments. Can these be made without egg then?


  4. Hi Sally, I know it’s aaaaaaaaaaaaages since you made these so there’s a high chance you won’t have an answer to my question but:
    do you have any idea how long these bad boys will keep?
    I’m making a Christmas cookie basket for some family and I’m trying to figure out what would be suitable to include.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hey Jess! That information is actually in the recipe already “Allow to cool on the baking sheet for two minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.”

  5. I’ve been searching for the perfect THICK, chewy, molasses/ginger cookie…I’m trying these this weekend, and keeping my fingers crossed that they come out looking like yours!

  6. These look great! I am on the hunt today for recipes that don’t require shortening, as I’ve decided I will no longer use it in my holiday baking. I have two tried and true cookie recipes that I’ve used for decades that call for shortening and I am hoping to find great replacements. I plan to make these, as well as the Snickerdoodles, tomorrow. Thanks!

  7. Hey Sally! I made these cookies today and I cannot tell you how pleased I am! They tasted amazing, and they definitely are like pillows! I plan to give them as gifts; I know that everyone will love them! Thank you so much!

  8. Hi Sally,

    I bake only really basic things and have a question about the molasses and butter in the soft-gingersnap cookie recipe. I don’t like using the microwave for cooking, so would I be able to melt the molasses and butter in a small sauce pan, or do I need to use a double-boiler?

    The recipe looks great and I am going to try it asap!



  9. I made these cookies for the first time today. I sampled one while they were still warm, for scientific purposes of course, and they were fantastic. Soft and doughy and completely delicious!

  10. I made these this holiday season and now they are one of my absolute favs, mmmm mmmm good. I also tried them stuffed with caramel and they were awesome!

  11. Just found your blog today while googling “gingersnap recipes” and absolutely loved this recipe. The cookies were perfect,the recipe yielded a lot and it was a quick bake. They were perfectly light and fluffy! I chose to ground fresh ginger, nutmeg and cloves which definitely added an extra spice to the cookie. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Hi, I am big fan of your recipes. Tried your cream and cookie cupcakes and fresh strawberry cupcakes, they are just too good.
    Would love to try this now but a bit apprehensive of using egg in the cookies.
    Is there any substitute for egg here. I definitely wanna try this but without egg. Pls suggest a substitute. Thanks

  13. hi Sally, just baked these earlier today and absolutely loved it!! your blog is fantastic!! 🙂 next on my list to try is your Onion Rings!

  14. Oh Sally! I already loved you and your beautiful blog and brilliant recipes but this has really pushed me into serious fellow baking blogger crush territory lol! These are phenomenal. Us Brits will think of gingerbread as either thin, crisp, hard even biscuits or a damp, squidgey cake. These cookies are neither and oh so much better for it. The texture is superb and the flavour just perfect. I found you via your cookie recipes on a friend’s Pinterest and I am so happy to say these will be getting made again so soon! I’m posting the rest of my batch (I may have hoovered up three warm off the rack 😉 ) to my dad and step mum as a belated Mother’s Day gift 😀

  15. Hi! I really don’t want to roll these so should I add the topping in the cookie or just leave it out?

  16. Made these using white chocolate chips, and they were so yummy it was hard to stop eating them!!! I love to make your recipes because I know that they are always delicious!!! Thanks Sally! 🙂

  17. I made these today and they were excellent! Absolutely perfect. Thanks for giving me a wonderful rainy day activity.

  18. I absolutely loved your pillowy snickerdoodle recipe and when I saw these little molasses pillows, I knew I had to make them! They are just as fantastic as your snickerdoodle and I absolutely LOVE the thick, soft texture. I would love to see more cookies made in a similar texture as these and those snickerdoodles! Thank you so much! 🙂

  19. I just wanted to say that I just made these and they are amazing. I left some plain, some with dark chocolate chips and then, simply because I had an open bag that needed to be finished, crushed Heath Bar. Oh my starry-eyed surprise. Those were hands down my favorite. A slight crunch and burnt sugar flavor… delish. Anyway, thanks for the recipe, I love molasses and this set of spices and try to use them whenever possible.

  20. I just made these and – oh my goodness – they are phenomenal! They are just the right texture that I’ve been looking for. Our local bagel shop makes these and I’ve been searching & searching for something similar to no avail, until now.
    Thank you so much for your baking expertise!!!

  21. I’ve made these so many times and absolutely love them! Finally decided to do them a little justice and share with my friends via my own blog post. Didn’t mention it there, but these can be so cute with melted chocolate drizzled over the top! LOVE them! Thanks for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  22. so delicious! just whipped them up. i think they may have almost topped the apple cider donuts 🙂

  23. Did you change your recipe? I thought out said to push down on the cookies after cooking to get the crinkle tops. These are my favorite cookies.

    • no, I have not changed this specific recipe– I have a few recipes for gingersnap cookies. you may be thinking of the one in my cookbook?

  24. Hi Sally! I just received your book in the mail….YUM! First of all, thank you for making your recipes so user friendly!

    My niece & nephews are coming over during Christmas time to make your soft cut out cookies. I am seeking a gingerbread cookie that is similar, on the soft side if possible, to make gingerbread men. I searched your site but was unable to find one. Can you point me in the right direction of a recipe you have used before (even if they aren’t soft?)?

    Thank you!

  25. Hi Sally! I was only able to find regular Molasses can I use that instead of the dark?

  26. Hi Sally just love your website and all your fabulous cookie recipes. I was wondering can recipe be doubled for gingersnap cookies?? i will have lots of guests over for Christmas and they are all gimgersnap cookie lovers so I have to make lots.

    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes and wishing you Happy Holidays.

    • Hi Lena! Yep, simply double all of the ingredients. I normally bake two separate batches when I double cookie recipes– this guarantees a uniform texture AND helps me avoid overmixing.

  27. Making these for Christmas but don’t want to bake until night before. Can I freeze dough?

  28. I would first like to say I adore your blog! With these cookies, is it okay to roll the dough out and use a cookie cutter instead of rolling them into a ball?

  29. Hi Sally! Since finding your blog, I find myself gravitating toward it whenever I am looking for a recipe to bake. I decided this year to do some baking for my 4 year old’s preschool teachers as part of their Christmas presents and made everything from your recipes: the peppermint bark, these gingersnap molasses cookies and the cherry almond shortbread cookies. ALL was a huge hit! One of the teachers told me that the cookies didn’t even make it through the night once she and her husband got a hold of them that evening!
    When I pulled the gingersnap cookies out of the oven, I gave one to my husband to try. He wasn’t overly enthusiastic about them at first. Once they had a chance to sit for a day or two, though, he told me that I “could make those cookies anytime you want because those are pretty damn awesome!” I liked them instantly, but I had to agree with him that they DO get better “with age!” 🙂
    Thanks for all of the great recipes! I feel like I’ve learned quite a bit from you when it comes to baking…chilling cookie dough, using room temp eggs, weighing out dry ingredients (thanks for putting these in your recipes-I can totally tell the difference), etc.! I can’t wait to see what is yet to come. Merry Christmas to you. 🙂

  30. I just made these and..WOW! They are the best! What I love most about this recipe is that it does not call for shortening. I’ve had many Pinterest fails as of late so this being a success makes me super happy! Happy Holidays!

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