Homemade gingersnaps have intimidated me from day one (and day one was, like, four years ago). I always had a feeling they’d never measure up to the store bought variety because, let’s face it, sometimes the big companies just do it better. They spend thousands of dollars developing and perfecting recipes and I can’t even begin compete with that. Except, now that I’ve tackled gingersnaps in my tiny kitchen, I’m fairly certain mine could give Paul Newman’s a run for his money.
*And might I add, these go absolutely wonderful with a mug of black coffee. Forget about submerging them in milk; drown your gingersnaps in coffee and you will not be sorry. 

Ginger snaps

These gingersnaps are thin, crunchy and a little chewy. If you’d prefer them to be soft, store them in an air tight container for a few hours before serving. If you want them to keep their crunch, store them in a not-so-air tight container. I tried convincing myself to reduce the sugar, but I couldn’t do it. The sugar is part of what makes them so delicious. And for those of you who are gluten intolerant, simply replace the flour with a gluten-free flour mix and xanthan gum.


1/2 c. vegan butter
3/4 c. cane sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 c. unsulphured molasses
3 tbsp vegan sour cream
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c. unbleached flour

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line two large baking sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, molasses, vanilla extract and sour cream (or tofu) using a hand mixer on high speed; beat for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt and baking soda; mix just until incorporated. Add the flour and mix until combined. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake at 350˚F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Store in a container for up to three days.

Yield: 30 cookies


  • Reply Lexi 21 November 2011 at 6:27 PM

    These look so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing the recipes.

  • Reply Danielle 21 November 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Wow, you read my mind. I was just talking about gingersnaps last night. Making these… now!

  • Reply Isobelle 22 November 2011 at 7:31 AM

    They look so big! I used to love gingersnaps, but the one’s we got were tiny little things that you could eat a hundred of and not even know it until the whole bag was gone.

    I’ll have to try making some gluten-free one’s :)

  • Reply Cara 22 November 2011 at 3:29 PM

    There better be leftovers for Friday…

  • Reply Ruby 23 November 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Ooh gingersnaps are my favorite cookie, plus I totally agree with you about dunking them in coffee instead of milk. I will have to make these soon!
    By the way, I just discovered your blog and I absolutely love it so far. Beautiful photos!

  • Reply veganforthewin 23 November 2011 at 2:55 AM

    These look delicious!!

  • Reply inhergrace 24 November 2011 at 1:48 AM

    These are so getting made this year! Thank you! xox

  • Reply Mel Def 8 December 2011 at 11:27 PM

    How is it I have missed you all this time???? Found you on finding vegan and looking through your blog makes me realize I have been missing out!

    Those gingersnaps look awesome, mch better than the “soft” cookies I have been seeing pimped on other blogs. I can’t wait to make them. Thanks for your baking genius.

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  • Reply Carolyn 15 December 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Hey do you think blackstrap molasses would be to strong or bitter? Also is there something else I can use instead of vegan sour crea!m? I never eat stuff like that so I don’t want to bug it just for a few tablespoons if I don’t have to. Thanks !!!

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