Gingerdoodle Cookies

Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, these Gingerdoodle Cookies have chewy soft centers and barely crisp edges. They’re the best of two favorites, the Snickerdoodle and the Gingersnap, all rolled into one cinnamon-sugar coated cookie!

My mind is swirling with all things Christmas! For those of you who celebrate Christmas, have you gotten your decorations out yet? This weekend we put out all of our Christmas decorations and Julia helped Brad hang the lights up on our house. I love this time of year and all of the beautiful lights and decorations that are out when I walk or drive through my neighborhood.

We’re waiting until this coming weekend to get our tree, because we’re kinda paranoid about it drying out before Christmas if we get it too early. One of these years we need to invest in an artificial tree so we can put it up the day after Thanksgiving without a worry. 😉 What do you do – artificial or fresh when it comes to the Christmas tree? For the past few years, we’ve been saying we’ll shop the after Christmas sales for an artificial one, but haven’t followed through on that yet.

Lights, decorations, Christmas trees, and holiday music are some of my favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit. But let’s not forget the holiday beverages and baking! I cannot even tell you how many ideas I have for holiday baking this year. I need to keep reminding myself that I’m 7 months pregnant and can’t do it all!

Monday I shared these amazing Peppermint Mocha Donuts. (If you missed that post, be sure to click through because it includes a fun giveaway that you won’t want to miss!)

Pretty, festive donuts are a hard act to follow, but these Gingerdoodle Cookies are up to the challenge. Snickerdoodles and Gingersnaps are two of my very favorite cookies. Combine them into one and, wow, I think I have a new holiday favorite!

Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, these cookies have chewy soft centers and barely crisp edges. I added molasses and brown sugar to the cookie dough for even more depth of flavor. The Gingerdoodles are rolled in cinnamon-sugar, and they keep their puffy shape while baking. The cookie dough is thick and there’s no need to chill it before baking, which means less time until you’ll be taking your first bite out of one of these Gingerdoodle Cookies!

You won’t be able to resist these soft, chewy spiced cookies! I served them alongside the pies for dessert this Thanksgiving and my family couldn’t help going back for one cookie after another!

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Gingerdoodle Cookies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, these Gingerdoodle Cookies have chewy soft centers and barely crisp edges. They're the best of two favorites, the Snickerdoodle and the Gingersnap, all rolled into one cinnamon-sugar coated cookie!
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened slightly
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Cinnamon-sugar for rolling:
  • 3 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, brown sugar, and ¼ cup granulated sugar. Mix in molasses, egg, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the flour mixture until just combined.
  4. Stir together the 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Scoop dough by the tablespoonful and roll into balls. Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake cookies for 9 minutes, until barely golden and set. Be careful not to over-bake them, so they will keep their soft, chewy centers. Let cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.

More Must-Make Holiday Recipes:

Peppermint Mocha Donuts

Quick Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes

Butter Snowballs

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  • We've always done fresh and other than vacuuming the never ending needles, I love it. Last year we waited too long and there was five or six left ... we're starting earlier this year :)
    These cookies are the most fun cookies I've seen! I love them - pinned!

    • That happened to us one year, too! A not-so-perfect tree is just even more special, right? :) Thank you so much for pinning!

  • These look so wonderful! I, too, always say I'm going to go get a pre-lit tree on sale after Christmas and I never do. Maybe this year it'll happen.

  • A snickerdoodle + a gingersnap = heaven!! I love this concept and I'm eyeing those peppermint mocha donuts :)

  • I am so jealous that you got your decorations and lights up already! I still haven't found time to put my Halloween decorations AWAY;) These gingerdoodle cookies sounds SO AMAZING - I'm a huge gingersnap fan and the pairing with snickerdoodle is just brilliant.

    • I guess I was ahead of you because I never found time to take my Halloween decorations out this year. Ha! :) I think you would love these cookies, Sarah!

  • I have had my Christmas decorations up since the week of Thanksgiving...guess I got anxious! Plus sitting in the living room with only the Christmas tree light is one of my favorite things!

    • That is one of my favorite things, too! I just cannot get enough of it. Now I really can't wait to get our tree this weekend!

  • These gingerdoodles look great Kristine! So soft and chewy! Still don't have our tree up and we have an artificial one, but I plan on putting it up this weekend.

  • These look so chewy and delicious. I love anything ginger at this time of year. We do a real tree in the living room, but I also have a fake white tree that I put in another room of the house.

  • I love these cookies, Kristine - the name and the ingredients! We have an artificial tree, so we get it up the day after Thanksgiving and leave it until New Year's Day (or a little longer...) I do think it would be fun to pick out a real tree every year, but they bother my husband's allergies, I hate the needles, our pets used to eat them and get sick, etc. We haven't gotten our outside decorations yet because of the rain, but I can't complain because we so need the rain! Thanks for sharing your holiday spirit with us in this nice post :)

    • You are too sweet, Andi! I like to leave my tree up until New Year's too, since I just don't feel quite ready to take it down right after Christmas. I've also enjoyed the rain this week!