Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies are hands down my all time favorite Christmas Cookie!

Molasses Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)

This one comes from my mom – who I think got the recipe from my her mom and she probably got it from her mom. Who knows. Either way – it’s bomb. The dough couldn’t be easier – it takes a minute to chill out in the fridge and then it gets rolled in some extra sugar for good measure. There’s something really therapeutic about rolling balls of cookie dough in sugar. It brightens my day.

This molasses cookie recipe is simple. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. Nothing too crazy – but the result is a perfectly moist (yes, I realize it’s the worst word in the history of our language) cookie with a little snappy sugar coating.

So whip up a double batch of these and store them in the freezer for the next few weeks while you’re prepping for the holidays! Grab a few when you’re sweet tooth strikes and warm them up a bit in the microwave just so you can pretend you’re eating a cooking fresh outta the oven. They are pure perfection – I promise!

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies


  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda


  1. In a large stand mixer combine the butter, sugar, egg and molasses. Mix for a minute or two until well combined.
  2. Combine the flour, cloves, ginger cinnamon and baking soda and sift together.
  3. Slowly add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture and mix until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Once chilled, scoop 2 tablespoons of dough at a time and roll into balls. Roll them around in a small cup of sugar and set onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies onto a cooling rack to cool.

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  1. The timeliness of this is uncanny! I just saw my Molasses last night, and thought aha! Then I said to myself “self – don’t forget where that is so you can make some Molasses Cookies”. I”m not even kidding. Too funny. These look fantastic, so I quickly Stumbled them so I can come back time and again.

    Thank you,


  2. Too bad I am going to work this morning, or I would be home making these! Alas, they will have to wait for tomorrow! One of my all time favorites!

  3. Yum!! Those look so good and soft, just how I like them! I am going to have to try to make some of these, hopefully they turn out as well as yours!

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  5. Great tip from Joan from Joan’s on Third – wet ball of dough and then dip in sugar – see her great recipe in Fall issue of edible LA or on website.

  6. They turned out great, thanks so much! I moved to Australia almost 2 years ago and they don’t do cookies like this here. Yum!!!

  7. You used to have the gluten free molasses cookie recipe on your page and it was AMAZING! I had bookmarked because I made them so frequently. I went to fetch it earlier today to make these incredible cookies for my cookie party this year but the link no longer works!!? I’m so disappointed, is there anyway you can re post it or direct me on how to find it?? No recipe compares- even the link to one at the bottom. Thanks for all of your great recipes, we love them at our house!

  8. I too would love to have your Gluten Free Molasses Cookie recipe back… I have three sweet little boys who are craving some delicious GF molasses cookies! =) Is it possible to put these back on the site? Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Erika! I removed them because a few people kept saying that they were having issues with the recipe – so I was going to re-test it and make sure I didn’t mis-print anything. Have you made them before?? Let me find the recipe and email it to you!

    2. Thank you Gaby! I haven’t tried the recipe before, but a friend sent me the link… I’m going to try them right now and I’ll let you know how they turn out! =) Thanks again!

    3. Ok, I tried a gluten free version of this last night and they came out pretty good! Here’s my *modified* recipe (of Gaby’s GF version) for anyone that might want to try it themselves.

      * 2 1/4 cups All Purpose Gluten Free Flour (I used King Arthur Brand)
      * ¾ tsp. Xanthan Gum (essential to most GF cooking for binding)
      ½ tsp ground cloves
      ½ tsp powdered ginger
      1 tsp ground cinnamon
      2 tsp baking soda
      * ½ tsp Salt
      ¾ cup butter, melted
      1 cup sugar
      1 egg
      1/3 cup molasses

      You must refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours before baking – and don’t press the cookie ball down… otherwise you will end up with a very flat, hard cookie. It wasn’t the best Ginger Snap / Molasses cookie I’ve ever eaten, but it tasted great and they were devoured by my family in no time! =)

      Thanks again Gaby!

  9. Hands down my favorite! I will be making these and your chocolate crinkle cookies very soon. I love that they can be frozen and are just as delicious after the thaw.

  10. I love your videos!!! And I want your nail polish! My husband makes hermit bars that are basically a molasses ginger cookie bar and I have to agree – they are now my favorite type of holiday cookie. So good!

  11. Picture this: the two happiest men in the world-my sweet husband and his dad- sitting at the kitchen table, milk at each place, eating warm molasses cookies as they came from the oven! My FatherInLaw passed 8 years ago but the last 3 at our home were happy years. You are so right about this recipe-this is THE recipe!
    Enjoy !

  12. Gaby, I made these for a Benefit last night (Operation Happiness) and they were a giant hit! Also, I put the dough into a log and rolled it up in parchment and kept it in the freezer. Anytime I want (like this morning, haha) I cut a few slices, roll them in sugar and bake them in the toaster oven. They came out fantastic. Thanks for a terrific new cookie for my guests. Happy Holidays!

  13. So glad I found your recipe. My husband love molasses cookies. I ended up making these for my cookie exchange they were so good. Thanks

  14. I’ve been looking for a molasses cookie recipe !! Stumbled upon your recipe on Pinterest. Making these tonight to give as gifts !! Thank You, your cookies look delicious !!

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  16. Making these to send to my Marines! One of them requested Molasses going to give these a try!!

  17. Quick question…. Why do they cookies look different in the first/top picture (and Instagram), then in the other pics? Did you refrigerator one and not the other?? The top cookies look like they spread out more. Just curious because I prefer the first pic and I’d like to duplicate those. Thanks! They look amazing!!

  18. These sound a lot like the molasses (AKA ginger snaps) recipe I’ve been using for years except mine calls or canola oil instead of the butter, which makes them good for my nephew with a milk allergy (fortunately he can tolerate eggs). I make mine smaller — 1 tbsp, but a friend makes them in the bigger 2 tbsp size and then makes ice cream sandwiches out of them. How yummy is that!?!

  19. These remind me of the ones I grew up with. Probably the same recipe. Sounds familiar. Thanks so much for posting this.


  20. I made these delicious cookies this morning to take to my grandchildren!
    What was extra nice was the aroma of the cookies was still in the air at my house when I got home around 7:15 pm!
    Love the smell of the spices in my home, & for the aroma to hang around all day….Well that was a bonus!!
    My mom baked these for my siblings & me growing up! So good!!

  21. Gaby I made these a couple of days ago. They are hands down the BEST cookies I have ever made! Perfection in shape, the perfect crackle, crisp and soft in the middle. Thank you!

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