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If you love the taste of gingerbread cookies but are looking for something a little different, then you need to try these molasses gingersnap cookies! Made with plenty of spices and a healthy dose of molasses, these cookies have all the flavor of traditional gingerbread without being too sweet. And they’re perfect for satisfying that holiday cookie craving any time of year. So whether you’re baking for a party or just for yourself, be sure to give these molasses gingersnap cookies a try.

Molasses Gingersnap Cookie: Holiday Treat

The holiday season is just around the corner. As the season change, so as our appetite. We begin to think of holiday food, what to bake and what to serve as a feast. With that being said, what can be more satisfying than indulging in warm, freshly baked homemade goods like the Molasses Gingersnap Cookie?

This quintessential cookie is packed with complex flavors that are sure to win everybody’s hearts. And yes, I’m sure you’d agree that nothing entirely puts you in the holiday spirit, like the aroma of molasses gingersnap cookies wafting through the air. It will always remind you of your grandma’s best holiday meals. Though you can’t surpass grandma’s cooking, you can create your go-to cookie masterpiece using this recipe. Packed with complex flavors, I’m sure you’ll keep everyone guessing what you put in those lovely cookies. Molasses, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon all come together to create a delightful cookie that’s perfect for any holiday gathering.

Molasses Gingersnap Cookies

What makes a good Molasses Gingersnap Cookie? 

A soft and chewy middle with a crisp edge is what makes a perfect cookie. These Molasses Gingersnap cookies are flavored with, of course, molasses and ginger, giving them the right amount of kick and aroma. It has this subtle hints of spice coming from cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves that balance out its flavor. It is typically served as an after-meal snack or as a perfect pair for other desserts like ice cream or sherbet. Or paired with your favorite warm cup of milk or whatever suits your mood.

Substitution and Healthy Alternatives

Maybe you are wondering what maple extract is and what it does to your baked goods. Maple extract gives your cookies this subtle maple aroma, enhances the flavor, and gives your spices that extra boost.

And nope, you can’t replace it with maple syrup. Please keep in mind that maple syrup and extract both have different consistency. In case you don’t have it available on hand, you can replace it with almond or vanilla extract instead. 

As for the molasses, you can find one online or in any baking store. Look for the Unsulphured Molasses, which has the best flavor because it is made from sun-ripened cane, which has grown for 12-15 months.

Molasses Gingersnap Cookie Recipe


Let’s Make it Vegan

This recipe can be tweaked to be vegan. All you have to do is take out the egg and swap it with any of the following: (Take note:1 egg replacement for cookie dough)

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) Apple sauce

As for the butter, you can replace it with a vegan version that can be bought online or at any vegan grocery. 


The good thing about this cookie recipe is that you can prepare it in advance. Depending on how many will consume this, you can prepare a double or triple batch. The cookies’ freshness will last the longest in an airtight container.

Although it may seem basic, it’s still important to keep in mind. Do not pack your cookies while it is still warm. Any warmth will result in condensation and make your cookies soggy– so take your time filling them.

Molasses Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Molasses Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

These delightfully sweet and spicy molasses gingersnap cookies will help you get in the holiday spirit. Make a few batches and share the love by giving it as gifts as well!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 pcs
Calories 126 kcal


Dry Mix

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves

Wet Mix

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided into 2
  • 1 large egg
  • cup molasses
  • 1 tsp maple extract


  • Set the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, put parchment paper on cookie sheets and set them aside.
  • Add the flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves in a medium bowl, and whisk together until combined. Set aside.

Wet Mix

  • Use an electric mixer and bowl to cream the butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. This will take about 3 minutes.
  • Mix in the egg, maple extract, and molasses. Scrape the sides using a rubber scraper to make that everything is incorporated.
  • Before adding in your dry mix, reduce the speed of your mixer to low.
  • Gently pour in all the dry ingredients and continue mixing until well combined.

Shaping and Baking

  • At this point, you can now start scooping your cookie dough with a small ice cream scooper.
  • Toss all the dough balls into the remaining 1/2 of granulated sugar.
  • Place all the cookie dough in your prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart from each other.
  • To slightly flatten the dough balls, gently press down on them.
  • Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, or when the sides and bottoms are golden brown.
  • Once done take the cookies out from the oven to allow them to cool for five minutes on the baking sheet before being moved to a wire rack to finish cooling.


Keep in mind to flatten the dough before baking if you prefer flat cookies. Do not miss this step if you'd like the cookies to have the proper shape. If you do, the cookies will be more rounded on top because the cookie dough is pretty thick and doesn't really spread much when you are baking it.


Calories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 158IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cookies, Gingersnap, holiday baking recipe, molasses cookie recipe
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To Wrap It All Up 

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and good food. Molasses Gingersnap Cookie is the perfect addition to level up the mood. Made with love and ginger spice, this heart-warming cookie is the perfect way to enjoy the holiday spirit. So preheat your ovens and get ready to bake – because these cookies won’t last long!

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