Date Gingersnaps

These are a two-bite cookie with a different kind of sweetness from the dates.

Date Gingersnaps


  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. date molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/4 c. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 3 c. All-Purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground star anise
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. pitted medjool dates, diced
  • 1 c. milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. turbinado sugar

Yields Approximately 60 small cookies using 1 tablespoon-sized scoops.

Date Gingersnap Dough

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl. Add eggs and beat until combined, scraping bowl after. Add date molasses, vanilla extract, orange zest, orange juice, and ginger paste. Mix until combined, then scrape the bowl.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground star anise, ground nutmeg ground white pepper, kosher salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add flour mixture to dough a little at a time, scraping after each addition. Add diced dates and chocolate chips, mixing until just combined.

Roll each dough ball in turbinado sugar and the place dough on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes, until cookies are golden brown and slightly firm to the touch.

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