Holiday Cookies: Ginger Snaps

Holiday Cookies: Ginger Snaps

These crunchy ginger snap cookies are hard to keep in the cookie jar because they’re so delicious! 

They’re a family favorite at HealthBarn, and they’re sure to be a hit in your house, too. If ginger is not your favorite flavor, go without and enjoy a molasses snap instead. Pack them with low-fat milk or milk alternatives such as soy, rice, or almond milk for a yummy snack—and be prepared to share the recipe when your friends and family ask for it!

Nutrition Tip for Ginger Snap Cookies

Use a little less sugar each time you make these cookies or other holiday cookies. This holiday season use more whole grains and healthy fat substitutes when baking – just as featured in this recipe! Check out other healthy baking substitutes that are perfect to try with your baking this year! 

ginger snap cookies stacked in a pile

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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 26


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup dark molasses Blackstrap is best!
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In large bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, oil, and molasses. In small bowl, stir together flours, flaxseeds, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients in large bowl and stir together until well mixed.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes or until dough is firm enough to roll into a ball without sticking to your fingers.
  • Scoop dough by 1 heaping measuring teaspoon at a time. With palms of hands, roll dough into a ball.  Repeat with remaining dough, placing balls, 2 inches apart (they will spread out!), on ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake cookies 8-10 minutes or until edges of cookies are brown. Let cookies cool on baking sheet before removing.


Per serving: 6% Daily Value (DV) calcium; 10% DV iron


Nutrition Facts
Ginger Snap Holiday Cookies
Amount Per Serving (2 cookies)
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 105mg5%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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