Spicy Gingersnap Cookies made with warm spices, and molasses, are drizzled with white chocolate to make soft, chewy gingersnap cookies for Christmas!

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Gingersnap Cookies

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Gingersnap Cookies! This easy recipe makes soft, chewy Gingersnap Cookies flavored with rich, warm, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, and sweetened with brown sugar and molasses. Each one is rolled in sugar before baking into a tender cookie with that classic crackle on top. Drizzle with white chocolate and you have the perfect Christmas cookie!

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Christmas table with cookies, cheesecake and cheese platterOne of the most important things I’ve learned about hosting during the holidays is that you can’t do it all. At least not if you want to have time to enjoy yourself. I start baking Christmas cookies early and my freezer is already full of cookie dough and baked cookies including my new favorite recipe for Gingersnap Cookies (where have these been all my life?!). Last weekend I hit up BJ’s Wholesale Club for Christmas party supplies. I love cooking a big fancy dinner for friends but with 20+ people to cook for, and one little kitchen, something has to give. I focus on the main course and sides and I let BJ’s handle appetizers and dessert. BJ’s has everything from fresh meat and deli platters to frozen appetizers, as well as wine, beer and liquor. I also stock up on disposable plates, cutlery, cups, etc. because seriously, who wants to spend the whole day after a party washing dishes? Not this girl!

stacked gingersnap cookies with white chocolate drizzle

Speaking of those Gingersnap Cookies, I want to give you the recipe because after making a few batches of them I feel like I’ve been missing out on gingersnap cookies my whole life! I think I always had really crunchy gingersnaps, the kind I used for our Gingersnap Cheesecake Bars, but these are soft and chewy and totally delicious with that white chocolate drizzle on top. They’re also super easy to make so you can whip them up in a hurry.

How to Make Gingersnap Cookies

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer add shortening, ½ cup white sugar and all of the light brown sugar. Cream them together until fully incorporated.
  3. Add egg and molasses continuing to mix until combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients a ½ cup at a time until the mixture comes together into your gingersnap dough.
  5. Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. When dough has chilled remove from fridge and roll into 1 inch balls, about 1 ½ tbsp of dough each.
  8. Roll dough balls in the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar coating each one in a light dusting of sugar.
  9. Place balls on lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and use the bottom of a mixing cup to light press down on the top of the cookie flattening it slightly.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until tops crack.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet. Then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  12. Once cooled drizzle with melted white chocolate.
  13. Enjoy!

Can You Make Gingersnap Cookies Ahead of Time?

Yes! You can make the dough and then pat it into discs, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil and store in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you would like to bake the cookies and have them ready to go you can bake them, let them cool completely and then drizzle with white chocolate. Once the white chocolate has hardened you can place in an airtight container with wax paper between layers of cookies. Store for up to a month.

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GINGERSNAP COOKIES
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Servings: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 50 mins

Gingersnap Cookies

These soft gingersnap cookies are drizzled with white chocolate for a beautiful and delicious holiday cookie. 

Ingredients

Gingersnaps

  • 2 c All-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground cloves
  • 3/4 c Shortening
  • 1/2 c + 3 tbsp Sugar
  • ½ c Light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c Dark molasses

White Chocolate Drizzle

  • 2 c White chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Shortening

Instructions

Gingersnaps

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, set aside.
  • In the bowl of your mixer add shortening, ½ cup white sugar and all of the light brown sugar. Cream them together until fully incorporated.
  • Add egg and molasses continuing to mix until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients a ½ cup at a time until the mixture comes together into your gingersnap dough.
  • Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • When dough has chilled remove from fridge and roll into 1 inch balls, about 1 ½ tbsp of dough each.
  • Roll dough balls in the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar coating each one in a light dusting of sugar.
  • Place balls on lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and use the bottom of a mixing cup to light press down on the top of the cookie flattening it slightly.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until tops crack.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet. Then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

White Chocolate Drizzle

  • Place white chocolate and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Place in microwave and heat in 10 second intervals until chocolate has melted.
  • Drizzle cooled cookies with the white chocolate and let it harden fully before eating.
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert