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Molasses Cookies Recipe

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Molasses Cookies

Imagine sinking your teeth into a soft, chewy molasses cookie with crackly tops and cozy spices. Molasses cookies are perfect for the holidays or any time you crave a comforting treat.

You’ll love how easy and versatile these cookies are to make. With simple ingredients like butter, molasses, and cinnamon, you can create a delicious batch in no time. Plus, they fill your kitchen with a delightful aroma that’s hard to resist.

Stay tuned, because we’ll show you the step-by-step process to bake these tasty treats. So, get ready to enjoy some of the best cookies you’ve ever tasted!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Flour: Use 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour. If you prefer, whole wheat flour can be a substitute, though it may change the texture slightly.

Baking Soda: You’ll need 1 teaspoon. No substitutes are recommended, as it helps the cookies rise perfectly.

Spices: Essential spices include:

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Salt: Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. If you use salted butter, you might reduce this just a bit.

Butter or Shortening: 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) of unsalted butter or shortening. Margarine can also work but might alter the flavor slightly.

Brown Sugar: Use 1 cup, packed. This ingredient is key for the chewiness. You can replace it with dark brown sugar for a richer flavor.

Molasses: You’ll need 1/4 cup. Light molasses is common, but dark molasses can give a deeper flavor. Avoid blackstrap molasses as it’s very bitter.

Egg: One large egg. If you are vegan, you can use a flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water).

Optional Toppings:

  • Cinnamon Sugar: A sprinkle on top adds a nice touch. Mix 2 tablespoons granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

These ingredients ensure your molasses cookies are soft and chewy, with a deliciously spiced flavor.


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine:

    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  3. In a large bowl, beat together using an electric mixer:

    • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup molasses
    • 1 egg

  4. Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix until everything is combined.

  5. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  6. Roll the dough into 1-inch diameter balls. You can use a tablespoon to help measure the dough.

  7. Roll each ball in granulated sugar to coat.

  8. Place the dough balls on the baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.

  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set and cracks form on top.

  10. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy your delicious molasses cookies!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips & Tricks

  • Use softened butter: Softened butter mixes better with sugar, giving you a smooth dough.
  • Chill the dough: Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours. This helps the cookies hold their shape while baking.
  • Even sizing: Use a cookie scoop to make sure all cookies are the same size. This ensures even baking.
  • Spice it up: Adjust the amount of spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cloves according to your taste.


Room Temperature:

  • Store cookies in an airtight container.
  • They stay fresh for up to one week.


  • For longer freshness, store in the refrigerator.
  • They can last up to two weeks.


  • Freeze baked cookies in a single layer first, then transfer to a freezer bag.
  • They can be stored for up to three months.

Freezing Dough:

  • Form dough into balls, place on a tray to freeze, then store in a bag.
  • Bake directly from frozen for fresh cookies anytime!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Molasses cookies are fantastic on their own, but you can also tweak them to add your personal touch. Here are some fun variations and serving ideas:

Recipe Variations

  • Spice it up: Add extra spices like nutmeg or allspice for a bolder flavor.
  • Add-ins: Mix in some raisins, chocolate chips, or chopped nuts into the cookie dough.
  • Glaze: Drizzle with a simple glaze made of powdered sugar and milk.
  • Sandwich cookies: Spread a layer of cream cheese frosting between two molasses cookies.

Serving Suggestions

  • With milk: A classic choice, perfect for dunking.
  • Ice cream sandwich: Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two cookies.
  • Holiday treats: Decorate with icing and sprinkles for festive occasions.
  • Coffee or tea: Pair with your favorite hot beverage for a delightful treat.

Storing and Freezing

  • Storing: Keep cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer freshness, store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • Freezing: Freeze baked cookies in a single layer, then transfer to a freezer bag for up to three months. Enjoy as needed.
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