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. I am not a fan of molasses, but I love maple and brown sugar flavors. Do you think I could somehow substitute part of the molasses to get a more maple flavor?

  2. I freaking LOVE molasses cookies! This seems easy enough that even I can do it!! How many cookies does this yield??

  3. Hi Gaby!

    Can’t wait to make these this weekend. Have you tested these out with blackstrap molasses at all? What type of molasses did you use? Are you particular about unsulphured vs. regular?
    Molasses newbie over here…


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