Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies

I know I told myself that right after Thanksgiving I would go back on Weight Watchers. That I would start lifting those weights I have a sitting in the corner of my bedroom. That I would walk my dog Jimi everyday for an hour, and that I would get in my car and go to the gym and pretend to sweat. But who am I kidding. The first free day that I get when I can actually implement these new policies and what do I do instead. Bake cookies. I just couldn’t help it. The lure of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and molasses was just too strong for me to resist. It was calling to me. And I answered. HELLO COOKIES!

These Molasses Cookies are a real family favorite. I seriously can’t keep them in stock. I made them on Friday, and they were gone by Saturday. And no, I didn’t eat them all. I shared. They’re very easy to make actually, as you mix them up in just one pot. Yes a pot!  This sinfully chewy cookie just oozes rich molasses flavor and spices. I can assure you, these will become one of your family favorites also.

Okay, so I’m off to the gym now, see ya.

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies

From Great Cookies by Carole Walter

  • 1 1/2 sticks, unsalted butter
  • 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 cups granulated sugar, plus more for rolling cookies in
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1 large egg


  1. Melt the butter in a 3 quart, heavy saucepan over low heat.
  2. Strain together three times the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt and cloves and then set it aside.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir 1 1/2 cups of the sugar, molasses, and egg into the butter, mixing until smooth. Add the dry ingredients, one-half at a time, and blend well.  Put the dough in a large plastic freezer bag, or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes until firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line two cookie sheets with parchment.
  5. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls or you can use a ice cream scoop to form the balls. Place some sugar in a shallow bowl, and roll the dough balls in the sugar to coat them. Place the balls on the prepared cookie sheets 2 inches apart from one another as they will spread. 
  6. Bake the cookies for 8-12 minutes until the tops begin to crack. Remove from the oven and leave them on the cookie sheets for three minutes and then remove the cookies with a thin metal spatula to cool on a rack.

Makes 24 cookies

Molasses Cookies

Mamas Tips

These cookies freeze really well. You  can store them in an airtight container, just layer the cookies with wax paper in between and they should last up to 3 weeks.

All cookies need to be the same size so that they will bake evenly. To insure that all your cookies will be the same size, use an ice cream scoop.

If your shipping your homemade cookies for the holidays, these ship extremely well.

Molasses Cookies

Recipe: Easy

42 Comments on “Molasses Cookies”

  1. These look amazing, and so perfect for this time of year. I can’t wait to try the recipe!

  2. These look wonderful!

  3. DROOOL- this looks delicious!!

  4. Love your photos and these cookies look simply delicious!

  5. Clover says:

    Definitely going to make some of these for the holidays! Beautiful pics and post, as usual!

  6. jeksca says:

    Yum!! I’ve been on a cookie kick lately. These might need to be added to the list.

  7. rachel says:

    Ooh, I’m liking these…. time to find time to bake them!

  8. Ginny Daniel says:

    These look amazing! I’m dying to try them – are they more “crunchy” or “chewy”?

  9. I’m not surprised they went that quickly! I can almost taste them…

  10. Yummy! I made chocolate molasses cookies last week and they were devoured! I’m with you, molasses is amazing! These are gorgeous. Love your photos. 🙂

  11. Brittany says:

    LOOK at those lines of crinkles on those cookies! Gorgeous!! YUM!

  12. Mmm these look great! You don’t hear about using molasses much in UK baking so I’m intrigued to try these!

  13. Ashley says:

    These sound wonderful – I think I need to add them to my (ever-growing) holiday baking list : ) Your photos are beautiful!

  14. There’s something so comforting in a gorgeous stack of cookies and these remind me of your beautiful ginger snaps too! I know that my baking addiction has to be shared around with fellow folk, but I get that treats and sweets are oh so tempting! 😉 I think your cookies are calling me too!!!

  15. Sarah says:

    These cookies look so chewy and delicious!

  16. df says:

    You are providing a vital public service in baking and posting recipes like these, forget about gym guilt!

  17. These cookies are so perfect – I bet they’re super chewy and super flavourful! I hear ya on the working out – I always complain that the reason I don’t go is because I don’t have enough time but whenever I actually get home early from work, instead of going to the gym that’s in my own bloody apartment building, I end up baking instead. Sigh. Oh well – it’s totally worth it when there are gorgeous cookies like these to enjoy!

  18. I hear ya sister! Here’s to the cookies.

  19. These photos look so good, I swear I can smell those cookies.

  20. Claire says:

    Thanks for stopping by my post! I love molasses cookies – these look delicious! 🙂
    – Claire @ A Little Claireification

  21. Lisa says:

    Chewy and fantastic!!!!! Amazing recipe-thanks, a big hit around the dinner table

  22. ToddlerMom says:

    Perfect holiday cookies! I will add these to my list of goodies to bake…

  23. Absolutely beautiful photography! These look delicious! 🙂

  24. DVees says:

    Oh la la I am trying these this afternoon, only thing I nees to buy are molasses 🙂
    Will come back to let you know how they turned out 🙂

  25. ToddlerMom says:

    Just made these and they are delicious! Question — are the middles supposed to look a teeny bit gooey? I pulled them out of the oven as they started to crack,let them sit, and then cooled on a rack. They are wonderfully crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. But my husband wondered if they were a little underdone. I don’t think they are, but I was curious about how yours looked in the middle… I’ve already eaten and they’re still on the cooling racks!

    • These are definitely a chewy cookie. if you bake them too long they will be hard and crunchy. Next time you make them you could let them bake another minute or so if you think they’re too gooey or underdone. They should be flat, not puffy at all. Hope your family enjoys them…and have a very happy holiday!

  26. pixilated2 says:

    Definitely making these! ~Lynda
    (Thanks for visiting me too)

    • Lynda says:

      OK, I made a dozen of these yesterday, and froze the rest for later. Good thing too, because they are already gone today. Even my husband, who doesn’t like anything, liked them! Thank you for sharing this great recipe. It is definitely a keeper. 😀

  27. besoil says:

    Oh my gosh I want one right now, they look amazing. I’m really liking that you shared the story about the gym because I’m thinking if I get up and drag myself to the gym at least four days this week I’m rewarding myself on Saturday by making these babies. Of course ill try to share also. Now I have something to look forward to so thanks for sharing!

  28. sarahlouisek says:

    So fresh-looking. I bet they’re delicious.

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