Soft Ginger Snap Cookies – A Family Heirloom!


These Ginger Snap Cookies are my families favourite cookie and a recipe I have had friends hounding me to get for years.  Why years… because I refused to share it until now!

This recipe has been passed down in my family for over 100 years.  Soft, chewy and full of flavour – they are in my opinion the best cookies ever! They aren’t necessarily a Christmas cookie only but I try to only make them occasionally because having them in the house means well …. waistline trauma!

A tall stack of ginger snap cookies with a glass of milk in the background

I am actually torn about sharing this recipe to be honest because I have held this recipe so close to my heart for so many years.  I think at one point I said to my son the only way his wife will ever get this recipe is if I “like” her.  Joking of course… or was I?

One of my best days was years ago when I visited my Grandmother McFeeter’s.  We planned a day to spend together so she could teach me all of her best baking recipes and share with me hands on all of her tips and tricks.

When I arrived, she gave me recipe cards with her recipes all written out for me.  It must have taken her all week to prepare.  I am honored to say the least.  It was a very special day for me and I think her as well.  To be honest thinking of this day brings a tear to my eye because I was so lucky to spend time with her learning all of her tips and tricks.

These shortbread cookies are another cookie I learned to make with her that day.

A tumbling tower of ginger snap cookies beside a tall glass of milk

These cookies can be a bit finicky if the recipe is not followed to a tee.  They will still taste good and can’t really be messed up but the texture is where you will see the difference.

Don’t be alarmed though – you got this and I have some tips here to help you out…


  • Use vegetable oil.  This has a big effect on the texture of the cookie.  I have used canola oil before but the cookies tend to end up a little crunchier
  • Proper measuring for this recipe is essential.  For the oil, molasses and really any liquid use a glass measuring cup you can pour from.  I use Pyrex cups with the measurements on the side.  Using a glass cup like this allows you to get to eye level and see that the liquid measurement is level and exact.
  • For the dry ingredients, use metal or plastic measuring cups that are level along the top.  Scoop the dry ingredients in and use the handle of a knife or spoon to sweep across the top to make sure you have a level and even measurement.  Again baking is a science and exact measurements matter.
  • I like to use Pastry flour for Ginger Snaps and many other cookies because it is a finer flour that makes cookies and bake goods lighter and fluffier.  I use Monarch flour when I can find it…. Grandma said it was the best!
  • When adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients for this Ginger Snap recipe I like to use a large sieve.  I lie the sieve over top of the bowl that contains the wet ingredients and add all the dry ingredients on top.  Then gently stir the dry ingredients through the sieve and into the wet.  This way you know all the spices are combined evenly and there will not be any flour clumps.

Close up of a ginger snap cookie with a big bite taken out

Ginger Snap Cookies

My son has declared these are his favourite food and believes he could survive on these cookies alone for the rest of his life.  They are so delicious so each batch makes about 4 dozen because they are eaten so quickly.

Update… these Skor Bit Meltaway Cookies are now a contender for best cookie according to Zach!

If you like this recipe as much as my family does please give it a 5 star rating.

5 from 1 vote
A tall stack of ginger snap cookies with a glass of milk in the background
Soft Ginger Snap Cookies - A 100 Year Old Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Soft, chewy and full of flavour - this Ginger Snap Recipe has been in my family for over 100 years and is still everyone's favourite cookie!

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, Cookies, Ginger Snap
Servings: 3 dozen
Calories: 97 kcal
  • 2 cups pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. In a large bowl mix oil and 1 cup sugar until well to combined
  2. Add egg and molasses and mix
  3. Place a large sieve over the bowl and flour, spices and salt
  4. Sift into molasses batter
  5. Mix the flour mixture into molasses batter with fork JUST until combined
  6. Place batter in fridge for 1 hour
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  8. Roll batter into 1 inch balls and then roll in remaining 1/2 cup sugar to lightly coat
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until flattened and set but not hard
  10. Do not overbake
  11. Cool on rack
Nutrition Facts
Soft Ginger Snap Cookies - A 100 Year Old Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 97 Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.74g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.8g 4%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.7g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.1g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 104mg 4%
Potassium 78mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 7.6g
Protein 0.8g 2%
Calcium 1%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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18 thoughts on “Soft Ginger Snap Cookies – A Family Heirloom!

  1. Wow, I love this cookie recipe it is so delicious and look so easy to prepare. I will def try to make this for the whole family.

  2. Wow, I have never tried to make cookies and this recipe looks really delicious and easy. I will try to make this for my kids, thanks for sharing!

  3. This sounds like an amazing recipe I would love to try def gonna pin! I’m glad u decides to share but I completely understand how u would want to keep a secret.

  4. This ginger cookies looks really delicious and looks so easy to make. I will try to do this for my parents as they love ginger a lot.

  5. From the first look, you gonna say that it’s just a simple cookies but you added a twist by making a ginger as the main ingredients. This will be a great recipe and can’t wait to make this at home.

  6. Ginger snaps are some of my favorite winter cookies ever! I am going to try your recipe, so I can finally have a soft gingersnap. Mine always turn out crispy.

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