Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies

Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 mins
Total 23 mins

This Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies recipe is one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes to make. Taking a bite out of a soft, perfectly-round molasses cookie is just about the best feeling in the world. A classic Christmas cookie recipe you have to try!

Stack of molasses cookies next to a glass of milk.

Soft and Chewy Homemade Molasses Cookies

These Chewy Molasses Cookies are different from my usual cookie. (I like thick cookies.) But while playing around with some different ingredients, these flat, golden-brown ginger molasses cookies came out of my oven instead. I wasn’t sure how I felt about them.

Once I took a bite, though, I was hooked! The edges are crisp and the center is chewy, which is a surprisingly satisfying combination. The spices and molasses make these cookies feel like a cozy Autumn evening in one bite.

What Do Molasses Cookies Taste Like?

Molasses cookies provide a fantastic Fall flavor – they’re an addicting, warm blend of cinnamon and ginger. A little bit like a gingersnap cookie or gingerbread. These old fashioned molasses cookies are sweet with a touch of saltiness and a cozy burst of Autumn spices. They are irresistible from the moment you pull them out of the oven! (They’ll also make your home smell amazing!)

Molasses cookies stacked against a glass of milk.

Recipe Ingredients

Grab these ingredients to get started:

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Ginger
  • Salt
  • Ground Cloves
  • Unsalted Butter: make sure you let it come to room temperature.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Egg
  • Molasses
  • Coarse Sugar: you’ll use this for rolling the balls of cookie dough.

How to Make Molasses Cookies

Prep: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Move racks to the center of the oven. Line two cookie sheets with parchment. Set aside.

Bowls of molasses cookies ingredients.

Mix: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt and cloves. Set aside.

Cream with Mixer: In stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and mix in molasses. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix until fully combined.

Molasses cookie batter with a cookie scoop in it.

Form Cookie Dough Balls: Using 1 heaping tablespoon of dough, shape the dough into balls or you can use a ice cream scoop to form the balls. Place coarse sugar in a shallow bowl, and roll the dough balls in the sugar to coat them. Place on the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches for spreading.

Ball of cookie dough in a plate of course sugar.

Bake: Bake for 8-10 minutes – until the tops crack. Remove from the oven and leave them on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes and then transfer to finish cooling on a baking rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Molasses cookies on a cooling rack.

How to Scoop and Roll These Cookies

There is a bit of technique involved in making these molasses cookies. Using a cookie scoop for example, will help you get your cookies to be the same size. When you’re ready to roll the cookies in the sugar, you can also use a fork to roll the balls of cookie dough around to avoid coating your hands in sugar.

Molasses cookie leaning against a glass of milk.

Tips for the Best Molasses Cookies

Try out these tips for the best molasses cookies:

  • Use Dark Molasses: It provides a deeper, richer flavor in the cookies.
  • Parchment Paper: You may want to line your pan with parchment paper to prevent the cookies from sticking to the bottom.
  • Don’t Over-Bake Them: Once the edges are crispy/crunchy, the cookies are ready to come out. The middles will firm up as the cookies cool.
  • Add-Ons: A thin layer of frosting would be a great addition to this cookie. You could also dip it in some chocolate 🙂
Stack of molasses cookies with a glass of milk.

How to Store Homemade Cookies

These cookies will keep well at room temperature in an airtight container for about 5 days, and they’ll keep a little longer if you store them in the fridge. If you freeze them, they’ll last for a couple months.

Molasses cookie with a bite taken out of it, over a glass of milk.
Yield: 28 cookies

Chewy Molasses Cookies

Stacks of Chewy Molasses Cookies

These Chewy Molasses Cookies are one of my favorite cookie recipes to make. Taking a bite out of a soft, perfectly-round molasses cookie is just about the best feeling in the world.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • coarse sugar, for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Move racks to the center of the oven. Line two cookie sheets with parchment. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt and cloves. Set aside.
  3. In stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and mix in molasses. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and mix until fully combined.
  4. Using 1 heaping tablespoon of dough, shape the dough into balls or you can use a ice cream scoop to form the balls. Place corase sugar in a shallow bowl, and roll the dough balls in the sugar to coat them. Place on the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches for spreading.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes – until the tops crack. Remove from the oven and leave them on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes and then transfer to finish cooling on a baking rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

28

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

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Comments

58 Responses
  1. Irina

    Hi, Jessica! I live in Belarus (Minsk). I’m glad I found your site. I love everything what you do. I want to make these cookies, but I have a question. Stick – how much is it?

  2. Kimberly

    I love cookies and make different kinds but I must say these are the best cookies ever. I made them along with other cookies over the holidays and I could not stop eating them. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.
      Jessica

      Awesome! I had someone email me that they were a flop for them. So I am glad to hear that it was a fluke and the recipe is a winner! 🙂

  3. Jessica

    Thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe. I made these for Christmas and they were an instant hit. My husband barely let me get any out of the house to share. Will be a staple for years to come. Happy New Year!

  4. Serena

    Ok I made these today and I can’t stop eating them! These are exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much for this recipe!!

  5. Jen

    It’s true, you must wear black. Or grey. This was a banner year, because now some things can be brown. The strange thing is, you just wake up one day and realize you haven’t bought anything except a scarf in color for years.

    Most neighborhoods have a grocery store like Fairway or Food Emporium – everything is just like a suburban grocery store except: less, closer together, higher up, and stocked according to bizarro-logic. I go to places like Stop-and-Shop now, in the suburbs, and panic because there’s just so MUCH of everything and it goes on forever.

    Haven’t had time to cook a thing this december, but I’ll look forward to these cookies!

  6. Serena

    I have tried 3 different batches of gingerbread this holiday season and have not had any luck getting the chewy sugary taste I want. Is there a difference between gingerbread and molasses cookies? Maybe it’s molasses cookies I’m looking for…also do you think these could be rolled out with some flour and cut in the shape of gingerbread boys or would they spread too much?

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.
      Jessica

      These cookies are very different from the traditional gingerbread cookies that you cut into gingerbread girls and boys. They are flat and chewy.

      And sadly no, they spread WAY too much to even begin to try cutting them into shapes.

      Hope you give them a try!

  7. ErinsFoodFiles

    Mmmm… I love molasses! These sound great, and will be added to my HUGE list of things I want to bake!

  8. Jill

    I made these last night!! They were absolutely delicious. So, I sent my husband to the store for molasses. He asked a worker where it was because he couldn’t find it. The worker pointed him to it and the said, “The 1950’s called, they want their baking supply back.” Hahaha!!

  9. natalie@thesweetslife

    ginger cookies are one of our favorites! you described NYC perfectly (and i loved your instagram photos!) 🙂

  10. Eva Taylor

    Love how perfectly uniform these cookies turned out. They look like they have the absolute perfect combination of crisp and chewy at the same time.

  11. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    Molasses is now a permanent part of my pantry. It’s an excellent addition to cookies AND I will never buy store-made brown sugar again! I had no idea it was so easy to make 🙂 But I am sure I could spare some molasses to make these cookies, yum!

  12. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    I so want to go to NYC, but hubby isn’t really on bored yet.
    So sad that the cookies didn’t live up to the hype for you, it is on my list for when I do make it there 🙂
    your cookies look fantastic though!

  13. Joanne

    As a native NYC-er, I have to say, you DO get used to it. Although it’s always a little weird telling people that Whole Foods is actually the cheapest grocery store in town… 😛

  14. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

    I love NYC! What a fun trip 🙂
    IVe never tried Molasses cookies, but these sound awesome!

  15. Carmen

    In the ingredients, it calls for one egg, but the directions say mix in one egg at a time. How many eggs are needed?

  16. Tina | My Life as a Mrs

    bahahaha you crack me up girl!! And I’ve been looking for an awesome Molasses Cookie Recipe!! Can’t wait to whip these up!

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