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Easy Gingersnaps

This easy gingersnap recipe includes two options for embellishment. Roll the gingersnaps in sugar or top with white chocolate drizzle to make a tasty treat!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 80 kcal


  • stand mixer
  • Baking sheets
  • Wire cooling racks


  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ cup sugar or 1/2 cup white chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, combine 1 and 1/4 cup of the flour, brown sugar, shortening, molasses, egg, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat on medium to high speed until combined.
  • Beat in remaining flour until the cookie dough forms a dense ball on the beater.
  • Shape gingersnap cookie dough into 1-inch balls. 
  • If you are choosing to coat in sugar, place 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl and roll the dough balls in the sugar. If you are choosing to put the white chocolate drizzle on, omit rolling the balls in sugar.
  • Place the balls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until set and there are cracks in the tops of the cookies.
  • Remove cookies from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Decorating the Gingersnaps with White Chocolate Drizzle

  • Put 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and run the microwave for 45 seconds.
  • Stir the white chocolate and return to the microwave for 30 more seconds. Keep repeating the process until the chips are melted.
  • Scrape the melted chocolate into a decorating bag fitted with a number 3 round decorating tip.
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate onto the cookie in a zigzag pattern.
  • Place each decorated cookie on a wire rack while the chocolate hardens.


The calorie count is per cookie.
Keyword cookies, desserts, easy recipes