Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies

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Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies are easy to make holiday favorites, and each soft and chewy bite packs the perfect amount of sweet and spice.

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Hello!  And welcome to Day 6 of 12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Every year I make tons of holiday cookies and treats to package up and send off to my loved ones. I try to mix it up every year and throw some new recipes into the mix, but I have a couple favorites that make the cut every year. These chewy molasses sugar cookies are definitely a favorite.

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I used to make homemade gingerbread houses when I was a kid. Those fancy pre-assembled houses you see in the stores nowadays weren’t around when I was a kid, and I wanted to make a gingerbread house, damnit! I remember pouring the molasses into the gingerbread dough and the smell just made me sick. To this day, I hate the smell of molasses. But something magical happens when you mix it with butter and sugar and all the right spices.

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

These cookies are simply beautiful with their sugar lined cracked top. They are soft and chewy, even straight out of the freezer (that’s where I keep my secret stash). They have the perfect mix of spicy and sweet and taste like Christmas time. Its no wonder that these cookies make the cut every single year.

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies
 
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Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies are easy to make holiday favorites, and each soft and chewy bite packs the perfect amount of sweet and spice.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 6 dozen
Ingredients
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sparkly sugar to roll the cookies in
Instructions
  1. Combine all flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt in bowl. Set aside.
  2. In bowl of stand mixture with paddle attached, beat butter on medium to high speed until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add sugar and beat until light in color and very fluffy, 4-5 minutes. Scrape sides and add molasses, eggs and vanilla. Beat on low speed until well combined.
  3. With the mixer running on low speed, spoon in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. You can also freeze the dough and cook later.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  6. Roll walnut sized balls of dough and dip tops in the sparkly sugar. Keep remaining dough in refrigerator until ready to use. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. They will be very soft. Remove from oven and allow to remain on baking sheet another 5 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack. Once fully cool, store in airtight container.

 

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies are easy to make holiday favorites, and each soft and chewy bite packs the perfect amount of sweet and spice.

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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  1. Sandy says

    I tried this recipe and the cookies keep getting all flat and nasty looking and burn on the edges. What am I doing wrong? I cooked it at 350 because 375 never works for cookies in my oven. If you have any ideas let me know. They smell amazing and I know if they were plump like the pictures and not burning they would taste delicious too!

    • Krissy says

      Hi Sandy, Sorry for the late reply. If you ensure your dough is cold when you put them in the oven, the won’t spread as fast. Also, you could always try baking with stone or ceramic. I’ve never liked making cookies with a metal baking sheet because it cooks the bottom so much faster than the top. I hope you still enjoyed them! Krissy

    • Krissy says

      I’m sorry to hear that, Dana! Was your dough cold and the oven hot when you put them in the oven? They shouldn’t have spread that much.

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