Cookie Press Gingersnap Cookies

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We are starting off this holiday season with cookie Press Gingersnap Cookies! So answer me this: Have cookie presses gone the way of the gelatin aspic and canned Spam? It seems to me that hardly anyone fiddles around with a cookie press come the holidays.

stacks of Gingersnap Cookies in a white plate
Gingersnap Cookies


Yes, they can be a true pain in the butt, that’s for sure. But man, there is nothing like a carefully pressed cookie to make people smile.I, of course, thrifted myself a gorgeous 1960’s cookie press, complete in the box with the original instruction booklet as well, for a mere $4 this summer.

How to Make  Gingersnap Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until combined, don’t over mix
  3. Add  the molasses and egg and mix together completely
  4. In a separate bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together with a whisk.
  5. Roll into balls, flatten with a fork and sprinkle with sugar or use a cookie press on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-9 minutes until the edges are crisp and cooked.
  7. Promptly remove from cookie sheet.

Cookie Press in a box used in Gingersnap Cookies

I’ve had modern cookie presses. I’ve had the old ones. Let me tell you, they both work the same. The new ones can be just as fiddly as the old ones, sometimes even worse. The lovely thing about the old ones however are the recipe booklets. The recipes are old. for sure, as you can see that this one uses shortening for the cookies and not butter. I’ve switched it to butter because it makes them infinitely more tasty.

recipe booklets for Gingersnap Cookies

These are snappy, crunchy little gingersnap cookies and they are made all the more delightful when you use the cookie press to make adorable shapes.

Let’s face it; Christmas is but once a year, so it’s the perfect time to whip out the cookie press and get those little shapes going. I don’t have the patience for it any other time of year, but the holidays are a special time. I like taking the extra care and time to make cute treats for my loved ones.

The rest of the year they get plain cookies. I only have so much patience.

snappy, crunchy little gingersnap cookies in white plate, red Christmas ribbon on background

Cookie press cookies remind me of my childhood. Cookie presses aren’t as popular as they once were but man, every time I see that someone has used on to make cookies, they make me smile.

The option are endless when it comes to the shapes and figures that you can make and then add sprinkles too.

close up stacks of Gingersnap Cookies in a white plate

If you’re looking for another recipe that works with a cookie press, head on over to my Whipped Shortbread Recipe and use that one. Just make sure to beat it for maybe half the time so that your cookies don’t fall apart in their shapes. The whipped shortbread can be too delicate for those shapes.

4 stacks of cute Cookie Press Gingersnap Cookies in a white plate

Aren’t these infinitely cuter than regular gingersnaps?

Make an afternoon of it and whip up these adorable little cookies. Buy some colored sprinkles, some Christmas themed colors and take your time making these. Freeze them and keep them until the big day!

Cookie Press Gingersnap Cookies with some colored sprinkles

I have tons of Christmas cookie recipes! Try some of these:


A word of warning: these are exactly like real gingersnaps in the fact that they will burn on the edges if baked too long. If you have made gingersnaps before, you will know what I mean. They tend to brown quicker around the edges, so start watching these at the 8 minute mark. Nine minutes was perfect but ten meant burnt edges!

Happy Baking everyone!



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Cookie Press Gingersnap Cookies

Classic  Gingersnap Cookies that you can make with a cookie press or bake normally! 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
9 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • sugar or coloured sprinkles to sprinkle on top


  • Preheat oven to 375 °F
  • Cream butter and sugar until combined but don't over mix them. you don't want it really light and fluffy
  • Add in the molasses and egg and mix in completely.
  • In a separate bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients with a whisk.
  • Roll into balls, flatten with a fork and sprinkle with sugar or use a cookie press on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes.
  • Promptly remove from cookie sheet.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 83kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 41mg, Potassium: 92mg, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 95IU, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.6mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Sophie Nakoneczny says

    Rosemarie Polich maybe you can make these with Mum’s cookie press?

  2. RosemaryB says

    I made those tonight – they are delicious. I was a bit worried b/c they have no baking powder or baking soda but no problem. My cookie press makes smaller ones than yours, but I certainly got a lit of cookies!

  3. RosemaryB says

    I love my cookie press. A few years back I “thrifted” myself a Wilton ratchet cookie press, with recipe book. One click = one cookie. Great, tiny little cookies. No rolling and cutting out dough. But my cookies for gifting are all too white, so these will add a necessary hit of colour, thanks.

  4. Nana Bear says

    Thanks for the memory of the cookie press, my mom had that exact one!

  5. Patsy Druimeanach says

    Yaaaaassss! I have that exact cookie press! Making these tomorrow. 🙂

  6. Nicole Jubleew says

    My mom gave me one for Christmas last year 🙂

  7. Penny Jones says

    My mom & grandma used their presses every year to make Christmas cookies…usually just made the trees in green & white…made the drizzle with powdered sugar & milk for them then put sprinkles on top…my daughter & I are going to use our press soon…might have to try these, they look yummy 🙂

  8. Shelley Samoleski says

    Had one..sure wish I would have kept it!

  9. Cassandra Navratil says

    My cookie press is my fave for Christmas cookies! I’ll be trying this recipe out for sure 🙂 My kids get tired of eating spritz! \U0001f602

  10. Carleen Higginbotham Meyer says

    I have that exact press, it belonged to my grandma. 🙂

    • Chelan Citrigno says

      Then I guess you better make those cookies \U0001f609 They look yummy!!

    • Carleen Higginbotham Meyer says

      Chelan Citrigno her recipes are yummy, I plan to make these for sure!!

  11. Lois Bumstead says

    My cookies press looks like the one in the picture…

  12. Heather Pollock says

    I’ve never used a cookie press. My mom had one like yours & I let it go when she moved into her apartment and stopped baking

  13. Kristin Kohl says

    Mom has the exact same one! Mine is more modern (80s). I use it every Christmas.

  14. Lori Brash Jansen says

    I just made ginger snaps this morning!

  15. Megan Walker says

    I have an electric cookie press. Nothing gets your husband willing to help with baking like a kitchen tool with a motor. We have a lot of fun making cookies together. Look forward to trying this recipe.

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Hahah I bet! That sounds like a cool gadget!

  16. Alana Meisner says

    My Pampered Chef Cookie Press sales have been going crazy lately!! They are for sure making a comeback!!!

  17. Renata Vlaho says

    I’ll be using mine in the next few weeks. I’ve had it since I was around 12. It’s pretty old \U0001f629\U0001f629

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      The one I thrifted is older, cheer up! 😉

  18. Renata Vlaho says

    I’ll be using mine in the next few weeks. I’ve had it since I was around 12. It’s pretty old

  19. Bill Betty Fabritius says

    Kay would be thrilled with this comment.

  20. Maja Neven- Laschinsky says

    Mom still makes press cookie every year for Christmas

  21. Katy Byrne says

    I just was given my grandmothers press (still in original box, it’s so awesome) and was thinking about recipes for dough! Will try this one

  22. Kandice Martinez says

    I live my cookie press! I actually have 2.

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      One for each girl, that would work. Get them slaving away 😉

  23. Lisa Henderson says

    My cookie press comes out every Christmas!

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      It’s not the holidays in my house without cookie press cookies, that’s for sure!

  24. Mary P Hoffman says

    I’ve never seen gingersnaps from a cookie press. Great idea!

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Worth the extra effort for the holidays, I’d say. They look SO cute!!!!

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