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Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe

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. 

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

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 

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


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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Irish Ginger Snaps Recipe

Irish Ginger Snaps by

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 Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 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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  1. Katrina says:

    What makes these Irish? I read through your post but I don’t see how the cinnamon and cloves makes them particularly Irish. Seems like it would be better to call them Irish Snickerdoodles, since they are a basically a Snickerdoodle with a little ginger in them (like a ginger haired irish person). Otherwise they are just ginger snaps with some extra spices.

    • Ruthie says:

      Hi Katrina–it’s true this is a spin off the classic gingersnap cookie. While gingersnaps have molasses and more robust spices my Irish version does not. This is the fun of creating in the kitchen… tweaking recipes to make a new combination. I suppose I could have added green food coloring but I doubt that would be as appealing to the eye ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love these cookies and I hope you enjoy them too! xoxo~ Ruthie

  2. Anna says:

    Where is the recipe? It looks like it’s gone…

    • Ruthie says:

      Hi Anna. . . we apologize for any inconvenience as our site went under construction for a few hours today. The printable recipe is working again and everything is back to normal We hope you enjoy it- itโ€™s so good! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! Ruthie

  3. […] out these other St. Patricks Day recipes… Irish Ginger Snaps, Slow Cooker Irish Stew, Irish Soda Breadย ! […]

  4. They look yummy! Pinning!

  5. alissa says:

    These look spectacular! Pinning and making!

  6. […] @ Couponing & Cooking ย  7. Irish Caramel and Vanilla Fudge @ Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ย  8. Irish Ginger Snaps @ What’s Cooking with Ruthie ย  9. Beef Wellington for St. Patrick’s Day @ Pret-a-Vivre ย  10. Lucky Mugs @ Lemon Tree […]

  7. These little Irish Ginger Snaps look so yummy! Thanks for linking up to The Best Blog Recipeโ€™s Weekend re-Treat #6!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.


    • Ruthie says:

      Thanks so much… I appreciate every pin! I’d love to have you come and share at Super Saturday Show & Tell here with me ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo~ Ruthie

  8. […] 7 repins Irish Ginger Snaps from What’s Cooking With […]

  9. Love gingersnap cookies! Can’t wait to try.
    Thanks so much for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you’ll come back again on Saturday! Leigh Anne

    • Ruthie says:

      Oh girl… these ones are just fab! I’ll be back every saturday to party with you ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo~ Ruthie

  10. Ruthie,
    Thank you for linking these. They sound and look delicious. I am featuring them today (Monday) at
    Hope to see you at Tuesday Trivia, can’t wait to see what you share.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  11. Cassandra says:

    Have not try this kind of cookies before… It looks so delicious! Thank’s for sharing the recipe…

    Stopping bu from Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop- hope you can stop by ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oh my…the looks so yummy!
    Thanks so much for sharing at my Real Family Fun link party.

  13. Wow, these sound delicious! I love that you used Neufchatel, instead of cream cheese, too. Why feel guilty over something as joyful as a cookie, right?

    If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

  14. Jeni says:

    I have never had these cookies, but they sound delicious! I love ginger snaps!

  15. These look delicious!! I will be making these this weekend…thanks for sharing!

    • Ruthie says:

      You’ll love them!! THanks for the nice comment… I hope you’ll come and share at my Super Saturday Show & Tell link party ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo~ Ruthie

  16. Jeff says:

    These seem closer to Snickerdoodles with cloves than ginger snaps. Without ginger and molassas that are traditional in the ginger snap they would be less…snappy, for want of a better word. Although the lack of molassas may mean that my daughter may actually like this version of the ginger snap.

    • Ruthie says:

      Hi Jeff… I’m sure your daughter will love these cookies and I must admit no ginger is strange so I’m sure it was omitted accidentally from the recipe I was given… as I’ve looked around on line I think there should be 1 tsp of ginger as well. I will add it in the recipe…Hope you enjoy them ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo~ Ruthie

  17. Winnie says:

    These cookies look wonderful!
    The kind I cannot stop eating once I start……. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Jean says:

    I am looking forward to trying out this recipe, though I am curious as to why it does not include ginger?

    • Ruthie says:

      Gosh… that is strange isn’t? I checked the original recipes again and it doesn’t even call for it! Crazy… we better add some in! Although they do taste amazing as is… hmmm. Let’s add 1/2 tsp of ginger as an option maybe?? xoxo~ Ruthie

  19. Susan says:

    Thank you for the recipes! I printed the cookie and soda bread, but the link to the Irish Stew doesn’t work. Just thought I’d let you know.

  20. These look super yummy! Thanks so much for linking to Simple Supper Tuesday!

  21. jill says:

    just wanted to let you know that your recipe up top is different from the one on the printed recipe card. The “card” is missing the 1/3 cup butter and 4 oz. cream cheese – thanks for the recipe

    • Ruth says:

      Thanks so much, Jill, for the heads up! It must have missed my copy and paste BUT it’s all better now ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you came back again soon! xoxo~ Ruthie

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