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Soft & Chewy Apple-Cinnamon Gingersnaps

These soft, chewy gingersnaps are made with applesauce and lots of spice and will totally steal your heart.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar plus more for rolling cookies
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves


  • In standing mixer, beat butter, sugar and molasses until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, pausing to scrape down sides of mixer bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, then applesauce.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. With mixer speed on low, add to butter mixture and beat to combine. Chill dough while you preheat the oven to 375ºF (or up to 48 hours).
  • Place 1/3 cup sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and then roll in the sugar. Bake 2" apart on parchment-lined baking sheets for about 8 minutes, until golden and crinkled.