Ginger Snap Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Ginger Snap Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting @diethood | | #cookies #christmas #holidays #gingersnaps

Once December 1 arrives, I think it’s safe to start baking cookies. I also think it’s safe to start wearing ugly Christmas sweaters. Every day. Why not?

Christmas sweaters remind me of my elementary school teachers. And ornament earrings. I have a pair, too.

So, did you put up your Christmas Tree, yet? Did you jazz it up with huge ornaments, ribbons, and bows, or did you keep it traditional? I kept it traditional this time. I’m thinking about adding some tinsel to it, too. Bringing back the 80’s.

After I put up the Christmas Tree, I had to start baking some cookies just so I could finally feel like the Holiday Season has begun. It’s 60 degrees out. Not so Christmassy now is it? I know I’ll cry once it drops to 20 degrees, but for now I’m complaining about 60-degree weather in December.

Ginger Snap Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting @diethood | | #cookies #christmas #holidays #gingersnaps

Ginger Snap Cookies are at the top of my list for Holiday Cookies; molasses, cinnamon, ginger… Winter in a bite. You add some frosting on top and I’m in love.

The frosting I used for these was the same frosting I used for the Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies. I could not stop spooning it into my mouth. I was double-fisting – cookie in one hand, frosting in the other… life is goooooood.

Ginger Snap Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting @diethood | | #cookies #christmas #holidays #gingersnaps

Just a note: The cookies will soften a bit after adding the frosting. Your grandmother and her Fixodent will thank you.


Reminder: You have until 11:59 pm CST tonight to enter my giveaway for a Rachael Ray Roaster with Rack.

Cookies Adapted from Joy of Baking

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Ginger Snap Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Homemade ginger snap cookies topped with a sweet, lemon cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 48 servings



  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, , room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Sugar for rolling

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, (half package), room temperature
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract
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  • In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the molasses, egg, and vanilla extract; mix until incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  • Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Place the sugar in a bowl.
  • Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
  • Roll the balls in the sugar.
  • Place the dough balls on baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass.
  • Bake cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, or until dry and firm on top.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Cool completely before frosting.


  • Place the cream cheese and the butter in a mixing bowl.
  • Beat until creamy.
  • Gradually add in the powdered sugar; beat until smooth, about 4 minutes.
  • Pour in the vanilla extract and lemon extract; continue to mix until well incorporated.


Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. Megan @ Pip and Ebby says:

    Ginger snaps are such a great Christmas cookie. I never think to bake them, as, you know, I’m wearing my Christmas sweater and rocking out to Christmas music.. 🙂 Lovely photos! The cookies look delicious!