Heather’s Vanilla Flax Gingersnap Cookies

Servings: 30-40 serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

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These crispy, wholesome vanilla flax gingersnap cookies are quick to mix up, and are low in sugar and fat. 

These crispy, wholesome flax gingersnap cookies are quick to mix up, and are low in sugar and fat. 

I always love when readers send me recipes.

This is a recipe that Heather from Calgary shared with me. She was on a recent visit to my hometown and discovered a great cookie made by the Sackville New Brunswick-based bakery, Kookie Kutter.

Heather wrote: “On a recent visit in Rothesay I discovered Kookie Kutter Vanilla Flax Snaps.  I want to try and recreate them at home in Calgary as they are not sold here.  I can only bring so many back in my carry-on….”

Heather went on to create a couple of versions of the vanilla flax snaps and my favourite includes Crosby’s fancy molasses.

These crispy, wholesome flax gingersnap cookies are quick to mix up, and are low in sugar and fat. 

If you love digestive cookies then you’ll be excited by this recipe.

To me they taste a bit like a spiced digestive cookie but may be a little less sweet. They’re extra wholesome too and have a wonderful crispy texture.

This is an extra easy recipe that can be mixed by hand. It took me less than 10 minutes to get these cookies mixed up, shaped into a log and into the freezer.

Heather’s Vanilla Flax Gingersnap Cookies Recipe

Makes about 4 dozen cookies


  • ¾ cup ground flax seeds (flax meal)
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats, ground in food processor approx. 10 sec
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup canola or other vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 – 3 Tbsp. water


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together flax, flour, rolled oats, baking soda, spices and salt.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together oil, molasses, sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoons of water.
  3. Stir dry ingredients into wet and mix until well combined, adding more water if necessary, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  4. Form into a 10” x 3” log, wrap tightly in parchment paper or plastic wrap, and freeze for 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Slice dough into thin slices using a serrated knife. Try to cut the slices as close to 1/8 inch as you can but not more than 1/4 inch.
  7. Place on baking sheets and bake for 13-15 minutes. Cool on baking sheets.

Dough freezes well if you do not want to bake all at once. Thaw for 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutritional info:

Per cookie: Calories: 71, Fat: 3.4 g, Saturated Fat: .3 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 48 mg, Carbs: 9.2, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 1.5 g, Fibre 1.3 g, Potassium: 79 mg, Calcium: 18 mg

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7 thoughts on “Heather’s Vanilla Flax Gingersnap Cookies

  1. Deborah says:

    Could whole wheat flour be used?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Deborah, Yes, you could change up the flour. The recipe is quite easy to work with.

  2. wayne keeley says:

    love these recipes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Elizabeth R. Higgs says:

    Hello, my name is Elizabeth and I’m new to this site. I’m excited to try the molasses cookies as well as the soft molasses cookies they look delicious. Thank you

    1. Elizabeth R. Higgs says:

      Hi my name is Elizabeth. I’m new to this site and very excited about what I might find. I’m very interested in trying you’re Heather vanilla flax ginger cookies, also the soft molasses cookies. I think there is a lot of good things to follow.

      1. Bridget Oland says:

        Thanks Elizabeth!

  4. Douglass Ann Crookshanks says:

    Would love to receive a cook book….use Crosby’s molasses all the time

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