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one Molasses Cookie on white plate

Molasses Cookies

Soft and chewy homemade Molasses Cookies are the perfect holiday sugar cookie where each bite packs the perfect amount of sweet and spice.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 73


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Sparkly decorator's sugar (to roll the cookies in (optional, but recommended))


  • Combine dry ingredients: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt. Set aside.
    whisking dry ingredients for old fashioned Molasses Cookie recipe
  • Mix wet ingredients: In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached, beat butter on medium to high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add sugar and beat until light in color and very fluffy, 4-5 minutes, scraping sides halfway through. Add molasses, eggs, and vanilla. Beat on low speed until well combined, scraping the bowl one more time.
    creamed butter and sugar with molasses and egg
  • Combine dry and wet ingredients: With the mixer running at low speed, add the dry ingredients one spoonful at a time until fully incorporated.
    combining wet and dry ingredients for soft Molasses Cookie recipe
  • Chill dough: Using a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop, portion off walnut-sized balls of dough and dip the tops in the sparkly decorator's sugar. Set on a parchment-lined sheet with the sugar facing up. Refrigerate prepared cookie dough for at least one hour prior to baking.
    prepared ginger molasses cookie dough
  • Bake cookies: Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare two separate baking sheets by lining them with a Silpat or parchment paper. Set prepared cookie dough balls on baking sheets about 3 inches apart (they will spread while cooking). 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.
    Molasses Cookies on cooling rack


Nutritional information based on one cookie and does not include decorator's sugar on top.


Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg