Spicy Ginger Snap Cookies

Ginger snaps always deliver a decent warmth due to the…you guessed it…ginger, along with cinnamon, and cloves. But why not turn that warmth into actual sizzle? Spicy ginger snap cookies do just that.

spicy ginger snap cookies

A little cayenne pepper powder packs a little pop to that snap. It’s not overwhelming – our spicy ginger snap cookies are definitely still a family-friendly snack. Think of this recipe as a delicious mix of exotic flavors with a hint of fire. It’s the perfect compliment to a glass of milk or a cup of eggnog.┬áThis is one recipe that you’ll turn to again and again when looking for that perfect unique offering during holiday season or family gatherings.

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Spicy Ginger Snap Cookies

Warm ginger and fiery cayenne deliver one delicious bite
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12 servings
Calories 295 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, cayenne pepper, ground cloves, and salt.
  • Chop the stick of unsalted butter into 8 pieces and place in a separate mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, blend the butter until smooth, then add the brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix to combine.
  • Add the molasses to the butter mix, and mix to combine.
  • Pour 1/2 of the egg whites into the butter mix, then stir to combine. Pour the second half of the egg whites in and stir to combine again.
  • Slowly pour the flour mix into the butter mix, stirring throughout until the dough is fully combined.
  • Pour some extra granulated sugar into a plate.
  • Using a tablespoons worth of dough, roll the dough into a ball (should be about 3/4 inch wide), then roll the ball in the sugar to coat the dough.
  • Place the ball on the parchment-lined baking sheet, then repeat the process until there is no more dough.
  • Bake the ginger snaps for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.


Calories: 295kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 253mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 270IUCalcium: 42mgIron: 1.8mg
Keyword Cayenne Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on November 11, 2022 to include new content.
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