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Gingerbread Snickerdoodles

The classic soft and chewy, sugar-coated cookie gets a holiday twist! Gingerbread snickerdoodles are flavored with molasses, ginger and other spices.

A plate of gingerbread snickerdoodles on a buffalo plaid tablecloth

Happy National Cookie Day! What an awesome holiday! Too bad we don't get a day off of work for it.

For this event, since it's in the same month as Christmas, I made a holiday-inspired version of a classic cookie, the snickerdoodle.

A cooling rack of gingerbread snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are cinnamon-flavored, sugar-coated cookies with a unique texture, thanks to the addition of cream of tartar. The cream of tartar gives the cookies their signature pillowy texture.

That's because the cream of tartar prevents the sugar from crystalizing during baking. That crystalization gives cookies their traditional crunch.

A plate of gingerbread snickerdoodles in front of a Christmas ornament and two cinnamon sticks

A cookie that's traditionally flavored with cinnamon is a great base for a gingerbread twist. I replaced one egg with the molasses, and added more spices, particularly ground ginger.

A stack of gingerbread snickerdoodles on a white plate with a string of green ribbon

These cookies are addictive. I think it's the melt-in-your-mouth texture. I had to stop myself from eating the cookies to ensure I had enough to photograph! So, if you make these, I highly recommend a double batch!

The classic soft and chewy, sugar-coated cookie gets a holiday twist! Gingerbread snickerdoodles are flavored with molasses, ginger and other spices. #NationalCookieDay

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

The classic soft and chewy, sugar-coated cookie gets a holiday twist! Gingerbread snickerdoodles are flavored with molasses, ginger and other spices.

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

For rolling

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking pans with parchment or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy.  Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the molasses, egg and vanilla. Cream for 1-2 minutes longer. 
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and spices, just until combined. Add to the stand mixer, and mix just until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon. 
  5. Scoop the dough with a medum scoop. Roll into balls until round and smooth,   then drop into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat well. Place on the baking sheet, then press down in the center of each ball.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes.  Let cool for several minutes on baking sheet before removing from the pan.  

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Celebrate #NationalCookieDay with all my fellow cookie fanatics! Below is a list of great cookies to make this holiday: (Thanks to Erin of The Spiffy Cookie for hosting)

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Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Wednesday 4th of December 2019

Okey dokey...these are going on my must-make list! I'm going to try making a gluten-free version for a friend!!!

Wendy Klik

Wednesday 4th of December 2019

Two of my favorite cookies rolled into one. Genius.

Erin Vasicek

Wednesday 4th of December 2019

Two delicious cookies in one? What's not to love!

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