Christmas Gingersnap Cookies Recipe 

 Originally Written: November 30, 2010

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on December 22, 2022 by Hanna Trafford

These cookies are great for anytime of the year, but making them for Christmas is almost a must. The combined aroma of ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg makes baking them as big a treat as eating them. You can makes them ahead of time – I would recommend a week before Christmas will be good and store them in an airtight container until it is time to have offer this great treat to your family and friends!



  • 1- 1/2 cups of butter (no substitutes), softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of molasses
  • 4 -1/2 cups of flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • Additional sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Beat in molasses until well mixed.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
  6. Roll into 1-in. balls; roll in sugar and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned.
  8. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.

Hope you have enjoyed this recipe – please let me know if you tried it and how the cookies turned out for you. Your input is always welcomed and greatly appreciated!

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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