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Molasses Cookies

4.8 from 5 votes

posted: 12/09/23

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These Molasses Cookies are soft and chewy with the perfect combination of spices. They are a must make holiday cookie that everyone will love.

stack of molasses cookies with the top one missing a bite

These amazing Molasses Cookies are crisp no the outside and delightfully soft and chewy on the inside. They have the perfect combination of spices. Not only that, but they come together quickly and are perfect for making for me or Santa.

How to Make Molasses Cookies

Check out the recipe card below for exact measurements and instructions, but these cookies come together in just a few simple steps:

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your to 350 degrees and then line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt Butter: Melt some unsalted butter in the microwave and then set it aside to cool while you mix the other ingredients.
  3. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl mix together flour (see instructions below on how to measure flour),baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, ginger and salt. Make sure to whisk thoroughly so all the spices are evenly distributed.
  4. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a standing mixer, blend melted butter with the sugar until nice and smooth. Then, add the egg and rich molasses and blend well.
  5. Add Flour Mixture: Mix the dry ingredients together until everything is just combined.
  6. Roll in Sugar: Drop a small scoop of cookie dough into a bowl with granulated sugar and roll in a ball.
  7. Bake: These rich, delicious cookies will be done in about 8-10 minutes. Serve warm or store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks. They’re also delicious when frozen!
overhead photo of molasses cookie recipe on a blue plate next two cups of hot chocolate

Substitutes for Molasses

I highly recommend that you use molasses for this molasses cookie recipe. It is part of what brings the signature flavor and texture to these great cookies. That being said, if you are in a pinch you can replace the molasses with either of the following:

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey

How to Measure Flour

All purpose flour is one of the most universal ingredients but it can ruin your recipe if it is not measured properly. Following these steps will help ensure that you have the correct amount:

  1. Use a dry measuring cup. These are the measuring cups that are plastic and metal and come in 1 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1/4 cup. Do not use a glass measuring cup.
  2. Whisk the flour in the container you keep it in. This will help loosen it and prevent packing.
  3. Lightly spoon the flour into your measuring cup. Then level it off with the flat edge of a spatula handle.
overhead of six molasses cookies on cooling rack

Tips and Tricks for this Molasses Cookie Recipe

Once you sink your teeth into one of these sweet, spicy molasses cookies, you will reach for them again and again! To get that perfectly crisp sugary outside, chewy inside, follow these tips and tricks:

  • Allow butter to cool slightly: There is a reason that melting the butter is the first thing we do. If we don’t allow it to cool slightly, the piping hot butter can cook the egg and no one wants pieces of scrambled eggs in their cookies.
  • Measure your flour correctly: Nothing ruins a cookie faster than too much or not enough flour. Please see the section above for how to measure your flour properly.
  • Use active baking soda: Baking is chemistry, so you need ingredients that are still active. Test your baking soda by dropping it in a little vinegar. If it doesn’t react right away, toss it and buy a new box.

Gluten Free Molasses Cookies

While I haven’t made this recipe using gluten free ingredients, a reader tested it with Bob’s Red-Mill Gluten Free Flour. After adding an addition 1/4 cup of flour, this worked great with that substitute.

Freezing Molasses Cookies

These cookies freeze really well. They can be frozen both before and after baking.

Freezing as Dough

Roll the dough into balls. Place the dough balls on a wax lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer for two hours. Transfer to an air tight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to bake them, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the frozen dough balls (however many you want to make) on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Freezing as Baked Cookies

Allow the cookies to cool completely. Freeze in an airtight container for up to three months.

close up overhead photo of ginger molasses cookies

Other Holiday Cookies

If you are like me, baking makes your heart happy around the holidays. Here are some other recipes that I think you will enjoy.

  • Gingerbread House: This is another great recipe to use that molasses. I have the recipe for the house, a template so you are able to cut out the pieces, and the best gingerbread house icing to hold it all together.
  • Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookies: This was the recipe my mom used with me as a kid, and now I’m using it with my kids. For giggles, you can see us making cookies together with this recipe here.
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms: My husband grew up eating these cookies around the holidays, and I love making them for him now.

If you make these Molasses Cookies or any of my other holiday recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. It is an honor to be part of your holiday season in even just a small way.

close up overhead photo of ginger molasses cookies
4.80 from 5 votes

Molasses Cookie Recipe

Serves: 24 cookies
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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
This Molasses Cookie recipe are soft and chewy with the perfect combination of spices. They are a must make holiday cookie that everyone will love.


  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (169.5 grams) melted
  • 2 cups flour (240 grams) read above about how to measure flour for cookies
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar (198 grams) plus more for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses (85 grams)


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Melt the butter, and set aside to cool.
    12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, ginger, and salt. Make sure that you whisk throughly so that the spices are well distributed throughtout the flour.
    2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • In a large bowl with a hand mixer or in a large standing mixer, beat together the melted butter and sugar until smooth, about two minutes. Add in the egg and beat until fully combined. Add in the molasses and beat until smooth.
    1 cup granulated white sugar, 1 egg, 1/4 cup molasses
  • Add the flour mixture. Beat on low just long enough to slightly incorporate the flour mixture. The goal here is to beat the flour in for as little time as possible. Beat until it is just begining to combine so that you can turn your mixer on high to finish the incorporating without flour flyging everywhere. You may need to scrape down the sides of the mixer once or twice so the dough is fully combined.
  • Scoop the cookies out using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop. The dough will be sticky. Drop the dough balls into granulated sugar, roll into a bowl and place 3 inches apart on the parchment lined baking sheet. The cookies will spread to be 4 inches in diamater, so make sure to give them room. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven. Allow to cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before transfering to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Serving: 1cookie Calories: 133kcal (7%) Carbohydrates: 19g (6%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 6g (9%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 22mg (7%) Sodium: 121mg (5%) Potassium: 68mg (2%) Fiber: 0.3g (1%) Sugar: 11g (12%) Vitamin A: 185IU (4%) Vitamin C: 0.01mg Calcium: 13mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
close up overhead photo of ginger molasses cookies

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  1. Christine says

    4 stars
    I made the dough last night. It was getting late, so I refrigerated the dough and used cookie scoop today. The dough was not too sticky and easy to roll into balls. I never made molasses cookies before — these tasted very good.

  2. Chava-Shoshannah says

    5 stars
    The directions say to roll into sugar. I ran out, and we decided that the extra sugar is great for crunchiness, but it can be optional.

  3. Lynna says

    You can also substitute sorghum for the molasses! Still yummy!

  4. Jenny says

    Hi. I made your oatmeal butterscotch cookies and I major molasses cookies and the both of them are absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  5. Sharon says

    5 stars
    Hi! I made these gluten free using Bob’s Redmill Blue bag 1-1 flour and they are good! I had to add 4T more flour but that’s the only change. Thank you for this tasty cookie!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much for testing this recipe with that and coming back to tell me! I’m so glad they worked for you!

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