Soft Molasses Cookies

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These soft and chewy Molasses Cookies are hands down my all time favorite Christmas Cookie!

Molasses Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)

These Molasses Cookies come 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 – these Molasses Cookies are perfection. The dough comes together quickly, chills in the fridge to harden it up, and then rolled into balls and coated in sugar before baking. The result is a perfectly soft and chewy molasses cookie that you’ll totally love!

Molasses Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)

Let’s talk in’s and outs of Molasses Cookies!

  • What does molasses do for cookies?
    • Molasses makes baked goods extra soft so these cookies stay chewy even longer!
  • What’s a good substitute for molasses? 
    • Some people might tell you that you can substitute other ingredients like Maple Syrup, Cane Syrup or Sorghum Syrup, but there really isn’t anything else that compares to the flavor of molasses. It’s carried at almost every grocery store so it’s easy to come by, and it keeps for years in the pantry!
  • How do you store molasses cookies?
    • My family has been storing them in the freezer since I was a kid. I’ll take out as many as I need an hour or so before I plan on eating them and let them come to room temp. This way they stay fresh even longer! You can also nuke them in the microwave for 10 seconds when they come out of the freezer to speed the process up
  • Should I use light or dark molasses?
    • For baking – always use dark molasses!
Molasses Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)

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!

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Molasses Cookies from (@whatsgabycookin)

Molasses Cookies

5 from 22 votes
These perfectly soft and chewy Molasses Cookies are an absolute must-make for your holiday baking!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 people


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup white sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour (measured by scoop and leveling)
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger


  • In a large stand mixer combine the butter, sugar, egg and molasses. Mix for a minute or two until well combined.
  • Combine the flour, cloves, ginger cinnamon and baking soda and sift together.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture and mix until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies onto a cooling rack to cool.


  1. 5 stars
    With all the great reviews, I knew immediately I needed to double this recipe when making. I have yet to give any to my friends, however it is already a huge hit with me and my husband who formerly only liked super simple chocolate chip cookies. After chilling for a little over an hour, I made the first two trays putting 8-9 cookies on each large baking sheet. They spread way more than I expected, and ran all into each other, but still tasted great. So I kept the rest in fridge to chill overnight, and baked the rest off this afternoon. I only put 6 cookies on each tray at a time, several inches apart. They baked to literally the perfect size and shape, each batch. Perfection. Will make this again and again. Thanks so much, Gaby!

  2. I found your molasses cookie recipe on YouTube. I need to bake 10 dozen cookies. When I print the recipe, how many people should I put into the conversion generator to yield 120 cookies?

  3. 5 stars
    These are fantastic! Amazing if you follow the recipe and delicious dipping them in dark chocolate and letting them cool to create a hard chocolate shell on half the cookie. Pretty sure these will forever be in my Christmas cookie repertoire. Thanks Gaby!

  4. I made these last year and they turned out great! This year mine are flat as pancakes ☹️ They still taste good, but I was planning to give some to neighbors and they don’t look great. It’s warm and humid here in TX this week – any tips to make them spread out less? I chilled the dough overnight with the second half of the dough the second half of the dough but they’re still spreading too much. Any suggestions?

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve tried many molasses ginger cookie recipes & THIS is my all time favorite! Definitely a keeper! Thank you Gaby

  6. Thank you for the recipe- mine spread out and while chewy out of the oven they didn’t stay that way after cooking. I weighed the flour (120 grams/cup). Any thoughts about why they spread and lost their chewiness? Thanks!

    1. I’m unsure 120 grams is the correct weighted measured for scoop and level. So it sounds like there wasn’t enough flour with the conversion

  7. 5 stars
    I rarely leave recipe reviews and need to get better about it, but I just had to share how amazing these cookies are!

    My mom and I have a few go-to cookie recipes we make every holiday season and we also always throw one “new” recipe into the mix. After making these molasses cookies over Christmas this year, they were such a hit, we made another batch over New Year’s, and this recipe will definitely be added to our regular rotation! The perfect blend of soft and chewy and I love how they sparkle a bit from the sugar coating.

  8. 5 stars
    Holy moly these cookies are so good and so easy! And they make the house smell amazing as they’re baking.

  9. Followed the recipe exactly and, as usual, Gaby did not disappoint!! Thank you for another easy and delicious holiday cookie recipe!

  10. I have a similar family recipe, but instead of all butter, it’s a mix of butter….and bacon grease!!! So good, will be trying this recipe with the same mix! 🙂

  11. Hi! Just mixed the cookie dough (which looks and smells fantastic!), but I wanted to be sure there wasn’t anything missing; I’ve always had “salt” listed as an ingredient in other cookie recipes, but didn’t see it in the list nor the directions. Thought I’d check just to be sure!

  12. What is the secret to not having them turn out flat? Follow your instructions to exactly and they are definitely the best molasses cookie I’ve ever made and believe me I’ve made a lot. I’ve looked over every one of your reviews and I just can’t find the answer on your recipe. you don’t give grams but you just say scoop and level which we did. It sounds like it’s supposed to be 120 g per cup from a different review. Is there another secret? We refrigerated for two hours. Hands down tasting cookie ever. We love you Gaby!

  13. 5 stars
    Everyone loves these cookies when I make and I make them a lot- for friends, for kids to bring into school, cookies exchanges. Easy to make and absolutely delicious.

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