Gingerbread Snickerdoodles

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles on a plate.

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles ~ soft, buttery, chewy snickerdoodle dough is infused with molasses and coated with sugar and classic gingerbread spices for a holiday-ready twist on a favorite cookie!

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles on a white plate

Holiday baking is all about tradition, but who says you can’t mess with tradition every now and then?

These gingerbread snickerdoodles have the pillow-y, chewy texture of a classic snickerdoodle, paired with the warm, inviting spices of traditional gingerbread. Their golden color makes them a pretty accent for any holiday assortment, and they’ll be a hit with anyone who appreciates a simple, classic cookie, with a twist.

Making the batter for Gingerbread Snickerdoodles

What is a snickerdoodle?

Snickerdoodles are about as traditional as you can get. They’re a drop sugar cookie that’s rolled in cinnamon sugar. They bake up soft and puffy and develop their characteristic wrinkles as they cool.

Why are they called snickerdoodles?

Nobody is quite sure, The Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudel (“Crinkly Noodles”.)  I’m not buying that one. Most likely they’re an old New England invention, they start showing up in publications at the end of the 19th century. Wherever they originated, Snickerdoodles are a vintage recipe that’s stood the test of time.

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles cooling on a rack.

The combination of the soft, chewy texture of these cookies and the blend of holiday spices is super comforting and homey ~ I think they would be the perfect thing to bring to holiday dinners and parties, or to the office.

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles on a plate

More classic holiday cookies to try this season ~

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles stacked on a cooling rack


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Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles on a cooling rack
3.94 from 16 votes

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles

Gingerbread Snickerdoodles ~ soft, buttery, chewy snickerdoodle dough is infused with molasses and coated with sugar and classic gingerbread spices for a holiday-ready twist on a favorite cookie!
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yield 30 cookies
Author Sue Moran


for the cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons molasses (or about 1/3 cup)

sugar coating

  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven for 400F
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt and set aside.
  • Beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar in a stand mixer or using electric hand mixer until combined.
  • Add the eggs and molasses and beat until the mixture is pale yellow and thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the flour mixture slowly and continue to beat until just combined (the dough is soft, this is OK!)
  • Whisk together the sugar coating ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Using a small melon scooper or a tablespoon, form round balls with the dough and coat with the sugar toping. Place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet and bake for 6-10 minutes. The cookies will be soft when they come out of the oven but will firm up as they cool. They should be slightly brown and crisp on the bottom.
  • Allow to cool on the baking sheet until they are firm enough to move, then finish cooling on a rack.
  • Optional: sprinkle a little more of the sugar mixture on top of the cookies when they come out of the oven for a bit of extra sparkle.
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  • Reply
    Rebekah Cothran
    October 29, 2020 at 3:57 am

    Do you think the baked cookies would freeze well? I’m trying to get most of my office Christmas cookie trays put together and frozen well before Thanksgiving to get that task off my plate.

    • Reply
      October 29, 2020 at 5:17 am

      Yes, these are good candidates for freezing. Happy baking 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    November 15, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Such perfect snickerdoodles, bring on cookie season!

  • Reply
    Andrea D.
    November 4, 2018 at 8:12 am

    The regular Snickerdoodle recipe that I have says to refrigerate dough before baking. I love that this recipe doesn’t suggest that. I’m such an impatient baker. Waiting those few hours is very difficult for my family 🙂

    • Reply
      November 4, 2018 at 8:24 am

      Haha, I hear you, I’m the same way. My chewy ginger cookies don’t need to chill and that’s why I love them, too.

  • Reply
    2 Sisters Recipes
    October 31, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Love the flavors of a classic gingerbread, and love them as a snickerdoodle. Great recipe! And perfect for the holidays! Pinning too!

  • Reply
    Alice Kolonis
    October 31, 2018 at 9:07 am

    These sound great! When do you add the molasses?

    • Reply
      October 31, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Add it along with the eggs, just corrected that, thanks Alice!

  • Reply
    October 31, 2018 at 8:43 am

    These look yummy! But at what step do you add the molasses? After the eggs? Thanks!

    • Reply
      October 31, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Yes, sorry about that!

  • Reply
    October 31, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Love the cookie season 🙂 These look thick, chewy and yummy!

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