Molasses Cookies

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In December I find myself baking lots of goodies to give away. Some of my favorite edible treats include candied nuts, chocolate covered cherries, and these irresistible spice cookies.

These molasses cookies are a must-have recipe, especially during the cold weather months. They have the most amazing texture with the perfect combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice. Best of all, they take just a few minutes to prepare and can be frozen for later use.

How are molasses cookies made?

Delicious and chewy molasses cookies are easy and fun to make. Start by whisking a little sugar, butter, molasses, and an egg with a mixer. Once the mixture is smooth, add the flour, baking soda, and flavorful spices. Roll the dough into balls and dip them in a little granulated sugar. The sugar coating gives these cookies a slightly crisp, sweet exterior. Bake cookies until golden brown, then serve and enjoy!

Tips for molasses cookies

  • You can freeze this cookie dough for later use. Roll the dough into balls, then freeze and store in an airtight bag. When you're ready to bake, let the dumplings thaw, roll them in sugar, and put them in the oven.
  • Coat your measuring cup with cooking spray to prevent the molasses from sticking.
  • To keep your balls the same size, scoop out the dough with a scoop or a small scoop of ice cream. They also make special little scoops designed to bake cookies.
  • You can make your cookies bigger or smaller than the recipe requires, depending on the number of people you want to serve. Just adjust the cook time up or down as appropriate.

Dress up your spice cookies

While this recipe is a classic take on this holiday treat, you can liven up your cookies with other fun flavors and decorations.

  • Try dipping the cookies in half in melted dark or white chocolate.
  • You can use thick frothy sugar instead of granulated sugar to add texture.
  • Roll the dough in cinnamon sugar for added flavor.
  • For a festive cookie, try rolling the balls in festive sprinkles instead of sugar.
  • You can add a little chocolate flavor by placing a chocolate kiss or other small chocolate on top of each cookie as they come out of the oven.

How long do molasses cookies last?

Molasses cookies last approximately 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature. In the fridge, they remain fresh for about 2 weeks. In the freezer, these cookies stay good for around 4 months.

These cookies are a holiday gift that are so good that you can make them all year long! This recipe makes the best molasses cookies I have ever eaten. When you make this recipe I think you will agree!

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Molasses Cookies

These molasses cookies are chewy brown sugar cookies infused with lots of aromatic spices, then baked to golden brown perfection. A classic Christmas cookie that's easy to make and sure to get rave reviews!

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Cooling time 20 minutes

Servings: 24 Calories: 153kcal


  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup of molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick mats.
  • Place the brown sugar, butter, egg, and molasses in the bowl of a mixer. Beat for 2-3 minutes or until smooth.
  • Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and salt to the bowl. Stir until combined.
  • Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Cover each ball with granulated sugar and place them 2 inches apart in the prepared pans.
  • Put the pans in the freezer and chill for 20 minutes.
  • Bake each cookie sheet for 14-16 minutes or until done. Chill for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to wire rack. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Calories :: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 24 g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 187 IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1 mg

Molasses cookies

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