Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe (2024)

Today’s Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe are moist and chewy with a delicate crumb plus they’ll make a lovely companion to your cup of coffee! Our Irish recipes are a festive twist on the classic ginger snap! These Irish cookies begin with butter, cream cheese, egg, flour, then we add the spices–ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.

Why we love Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe

We adore our Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe cookies are rolled in raw sugar before they bake for that added sparkly touch! All the little leprechauns in your family will be head-over-heels in love with our Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe!

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Ingredients in Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe

  • butter
  • neufatchel cream cheese (low-fat)
  • sugar
  • large egg
  • flour
  • sea salt, baking soda, ground ginger, ground cloves, ground cinnamon
  • raw sugar, for sparkly finish

Chef Ruthie’s Baking Tips

  • Butter- I can’t emphasize enough the importance of bringing your butter and eggs to room temperature. It’s the foundation of building a creamy, smooth dough. If I have enough time before baking I will set butter out on the counter to reach room temperature.
  • – If I’m running tight on time then I will place my butter in the microwave for 5-10 seconds but BE CAREFUL not to melt it. . . at all! It’s better for the butter to be a little stiff then even a tiny bit melted. The friction of the beaters as it mixes will warm it the rest of the way; just cream/mix it a little longer, if needed, to get that creamy-smooth and fluffy consistency we are looking for.
  • Eggs- I place my eggs in a small bowl of very warm water while I’m gathering all the other ingredients and prepping to bake then when I’m ready to add them into the batter they have reached the perfect temperature!
  • – Add your eggs one at a time and cream for 2 minutes, then scape the bowl down using a rubber spatula, and add the next egg. This is the best way to be sure the eggs are incorporated evenly into the batter. Beating each egg individually is essential because eggs act as a leavener which brings the loft (height) into your baked goods.

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The perfect beverage for your cookies: Irish Coffee with Baileys and Kahlua!

A few helpful tips for baking at higher elevations

  • If you live 3,000 feet above sea level or more it is considered high elevation and may take longer to cook/bake.
  • Adjustments are needed for 5000+ feet and above:
  • Reduce baking powder: for each teaspoon, decrease 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Reduce sugar: for each cup, decrease 2 tablespoons.
  • Increase liquid: for each cup, add 2 to 4 tablespoons.
  • Increase oven temperature by 25 degrees F.
  • Check if it is done a little early.
  • This takes some trial and error to get it right for you.

Learn more HERE

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Our Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe are moist and chewy with a delicate crumb plus they're a lovely companion to your cup of coffee!

Prep Time20 minutes

Cook Time10 minutes

Total Time30 minutes


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces neufatchel cream cheese (low-fat)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar, reserved


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  4. Add sugar; mix well. Add egg; mix until light and fluffy.
  5. Add salt, baking soda, and spices; mix well.
  6. Add flour 1 cup at a time; mix just until incorporated.
  7. Pour raw sugar into a small bowl, roll dough into small balls (I used a small cookie scoop), roll in sugar.
  8. Press with the bottom of a glass to 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes; until the bottoms are lightly browned but the tops are white. Don't over bake.
  10. Cool and enjoy.
  11. Store in a tightly closed container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 85Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

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  • Irish Spicy Reuben Sandwich
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Celebrate St. Patricks Day with today’s Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe!

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Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe (2024)


Are ginger snaps a healthy snack? ›

Gingersnaps are a healthier alternative to other cookies, being that they are generally low in calories and have many benefits. The ginger that is in these cookies has anti-inflammatory properties, is known to help treat nausea and fight heart disease and other illnesses.

What's the difference between ginger snaps and ginger cookies? ›

Ginger Snaps are simply a variation of the traditional Gingerbread cookie. They're known for their crisper quality; their “snap” if you will.

Why are my ginger snaps hard? ›

Here are several reasons why your ginger snap cookies might have turned out hard: Overbaking: Cookies can become hard if they are baked for too long. Make sure to bake these cookies for 20 minutes at 300 degrees F. Too little moisture: If you didn't add enough liquid to the dough, the cookies can become dry and hard.

Why is ginger snaps so good? ›

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Do ginger snaps help your stomach? ›

Can ginger snap cookies soothe an upset stomach? - Quora. Will ginger candy soothe an upset stomach? Yes it can but make sure it contains real ginger and not too much sugar (since sugar can make stomach issues worse). Other natural ingredients that can help include chamomile, mint, aloe vera, and more.

Do ginger snaps settle your stomach? ›

Ginger. Capsules of powdered ginger have been found to reduce nausea and vomiting. You could also try a cup of ginger tea, a glass of ginger ale (some people swear it works better if it's flat), a few gingersnap cookies, or a piece of ginger candy.

Is Biscoff a ginger snap? ›

Speculoos, the cookie family to which Biscoff belong, are often described as a type of gingerbread, but that's a little misleading. Aside from their use of caramel sugar, speculoos don't have quite the same bite; their spice blend tends toward aroma rather than heat.

Why are they called ginger snaps? ›

Gingersnaps were named from the German or Middle Dutch word snappen, meaning "to seize quickly." In the United States, gingersnaps were associated with Muster Day or Militia Day, a military training and social event the entire town attended.

Are ginger snap cookies good for inflammation? ›

Snappy Ginger Cookies employ the healing power of ginger to reduce inflammation and settle digestive distress.

How healthy are ginger nut biscuits? ›

It can help to boost the immune system, your metabolism and provide natural pain relief. Writing in the Daily Mail, Dr Mosley explained: "Ginger is one of my favourite spices, whether in ginger biscuits, tea or in a stir-fry. It's also a traditional remedy for a range of health conditions.

Are ginger snaps good for high cholesterol? ›

Cookies by GINGER SNAPS contains 120 calories per 28 g serving. This serving contains 2.5 g of fat, 1 g of protein and 23 g of carbohydrate. The latter is 11 g sugar and 0 g of dietary fiber, the rest is complex carbohydrate. Cookies by GINGER SNAPS contains 0 g of saturated fat and 0 mg of cholesterol per serving.

Are ginger snaps high in carbs? ›

Ginger Snaps, like most biscuits and cookies, contain a considerable amount of carbs. They contain a whopping 75.13 grams of net carbs per 100 grams.


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