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Salted caramel molasses cookies are chewy molasses cookies stuffed with salted caramel dark chocolate candies. The perfect Christmas cookie recipe!

Now that Halloween is over and we’re on the express train to Christmas, all I can think about are molasses cookies. Naturally, I made myself some…and I stuffed them with salted caramel chocolates!

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Salted Caramel Molasses Cookies - these EASY Molasses Cookies are stuffed with salted caramel candy! They're the perfect Christmas cookie!

Okay, so is there a difference between molasses cookies and gingerbread cookies? As far as I can tell, they’re the same thing except for how they’re presented. Gingerbread cookies are cut and baked and frosted, where molasses cookies are rolled in sugar like drop cookies.

Either way you make them, gingerbread molasses cookies are my absolute favorite cookie – ever. I could eat them all year long (and I often do). There’s something about the richness of the molasses and the spiciness of the gingerbread spices that just call my name.

Every year about now I start to get so nervous about the holidays. You guys, how did it get to be NOVEMBER already? Thanksgiving is two weeks from today. Christmas is just a month after that. I haven’t done anything. I haven’t shopped or made lists or taken Christmas card photos. And I’m hosting Thanksgiving…so there’s that.

One thing I have done? I’ve done lots of baking. I have lots of cookies and bars in my freezer all ready for Christmas Cookie Exchange parties. (Have you read my post on how to freeze desserts??? I have stuff from August that I’ll be giving away come December.)

These salted caramel molasses cookies are one of the things in my freezer. You’re welcome, family and friends!

Salted Caramel Molasses Cookies are perfect for a cookie exchange!

Speaking of cookie exchange parties, have you ever had one? I’ve been to a few. I always mean to host one but never do. If you happen to be going to a cookie exchange party, check out these printables over on the Better Homes & Gardens site. Aren’t they cute? They even include recipe cards!

I know it’s not December yet, but think you should make salted caramel molasses cookies this weekend. Then freeze them for the cookie exchange party that’s going to sneak up on you in a few weeks. (Or the class party, the work event, and your brother-in-law’s last minute ugly sweater party.)

These cookies are super soft and chewy, just like good cookies should be. They’re stuffed with a Dove Salted Caramel chocolate candy, which I am totally addicted to right now. I can eat an entire bag of those Dove candies in one sitting. #truth

When they’re warm and you cut them in half the caramel oozes out. That’s a happy, happy thing.

Ooey Gooey Salted Caramel Molasses Cookies - this is the BEST Molasses cookie recipe out there! And it's stuffed with salted caramel chocolate candy!

A few notes about the salted caramel molasses cookies recipe:

  • I like my cookies a little under-baked. If you like them more done, bake them on the longer side of the time range.
  • Any caramel candy will do if you can’t find the Dove ones. There are lots of other options in the candy aisle, including Hershey’s Kisses and Rolos.
  • It is VERY important that you do BOTH chilling steps. This dough is very wet, which results in a gooey soft cookie, but they’ll spread too much if you don’t chill them as directed.

Enjoy!

Salted caramel molasses cookies are chewy molasses cookies stuffed with salted caramel dark chocolate candies. The perfect Christmas cookie recipe!
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Servings: 20 large cookies

Salted Caramel Molasses Cookies

Salted Caramel Molasses Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie! They're soft with gingerbread flavor and stuffed with a salted caramel chocolate candy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter — softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • About 20 Salted Caramel Chocolate Candies — such as Dove, unwrapped (or use any caramel candy, like a Rolo)

Instructions

  1. **Note: this dough requires chill time!**
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add molasses and mix until mixture is smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Mix in baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and flour. Mix until a smooth dough forms. The dough will be very soft. Chill dough for 30-45 minutes, or until you can handle it without it sticking too much to your hands.
  4. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of dough. Place a candy in the center and wrap the dough over it, rolling between your hands to form a ball. Make sure the candy is not showing. (Alternately, you could scoop two 1-tablespoon sized balls of dough, sandwich the candy, and roll into a ball. Do whichever method you prefer.) Place cookie dough balls on prepared cookie sheet. You don’t need to space them out at this point, they’re getting chilled again.
  5. Chill dough for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a second cookie sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Split cookie dough balls evenly between the cookie sheets. These will spread, so I only put two per line. Place any leftover dough balls back in the refrigerator to chill until you’re ready to bake them.
  7. Bake cookies for 11-14 minutes, until they are no longer glossy in the center and the bottoms are just getting golden brown. I like to err on the side of underdone cookies, but that’s preference. Bake them towards the longer side if you like your cookies baked more.
  8. Cool completely before removing from cookie sheets. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

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  1. Molasses cookies are my absolute favorite – they just taste like Christmas – and they make the whole house smell like Christmas!  This recipe is a whole new level of molasses cookie – can’t wait to try it!

  2. I’ve always wanted to do a cookie exchange, but have no idea how to get involved in one. I definitely don’t know how to organize one. It seems mad complicated!
    Putting salted caramel chocolates in the center is brilliant. As in, I wish I thought of it first. 🙂 You’re so right about molasses cookies being addictive!

  3. Wow do these look good! I’ve never thought to add caramel to molasses cookies before. What a perfect treat!

  4. Cookies are the best! Especially at this time of the year when the whole house smells of fall flavors. Ah! wonderful isn’t it?

  5. After 7 years of hosting Thanksgiving this was the first year that I didn’t get (overly) stressed out, everything was timed perfectly and I didn’t want to crash on the sofa the minute guests arrived. It’s taken 7 years lol! I also participate in a cookie swap and each year we rotate who hosts. It’s always fun (though it can get hairy with too many participants) and we’ve enjoyed some a-maz-ing cookies over the years. Which brings me to THESE Salted Caramel Molasses Cookies – I am so intrigued by them that I think they just got bumped to the top of the list as the one to try this year! Happy Thanksgiving (from a Canadian that’s already hosted) and hope you do get a chance to take part in a swap. Thanks! – Liz @ Teta Lizza’s Kitchen

  6. One of my friends hosts a cookie exchange every year, so I may have to bake these! I’m also addicted to Dove chocolates – I haven’t tried the salted caramel ones yet though! Adding to grocery list now…

  7. Molasses cookies are one of my favorites too. The picture with the gooey, melted chocolate center looks amazing!

  8. Mmmm looking the ooey gooey cookies! I don’t care what you call them I want them!!!

  9. Love that you stuffed molasses cookies! The salted caramel is a perfect addition!

  10. You hit on so many things in this post ….the difference between molasses and gingerbread cookies being simply one of presentation, never thought of it that way but so true! 

    I adore molasses cookies. Sometimes I make them in the summer because there’s nothing like it, even if the rest of the world is eating watermelon 🙂 Love love love them!

    And with the salted caramel (great idea to use the Doves, way less mess than any other method!) I’d eat the whole batch! Seriously!

  11. Molasses cookies are the best! So yummy and that caramel sounds amazing 🙂 Pinning!

  12. These cookies sound absolutely delicious! My stomach is growling just reading the post. I am looking forward to making these some time!!

  13. Wow, these look great! Wish I had some right now. 🙂

  14. WOWza! This is one of those stop you in your tracks cookies!!! Molasses, gingerbread, call it whatever you want I eat them all year long because they are the BEST! Gorgeous Dorothy!

  15. yeah I think molasses cookies and gingerbread cookies are basically the same, ginger snaps too! anyway, these look fabulous!!!! that Salted Caramel Chocolate Candy. .  oh my gawd!!!!

  16. I used to hate molasses until last year! I made these gingerbread chocolate chunk cookies and fell in love!! & then this year I made them with raisins and I was so surprised that I loved them too! I’m certain I’d love these as well – they look unbelievable!

  17. Well you are way ahead of me girl! I’m jealous of your freezer full of cookies and bars. I still don’t even know my Thanksgiving menu yet. So I think you’re doing just fine! This cookies looks pretty stellar. Molasses/gingerbread are my favorite this time of year. And yes they have to be soft – not crunchy! 

  18. Yeah… these are KILLER. I love gingerbread and caramel together for some reason – it’s just a combo I really love, and these cookies look so divine with the melty caramel in the center + CHOCOLATE! Yes!!!

  19. HI! CAN YOU DO SOME SMALL BATCH CHRISTMAS COOKIES WITHOUT EGGS OR JUST SMALL BATCH? (candy cane, crinkle cookies, gingerbread, chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, salted caramel☺, snowballs, macaroons, peanut butter blossoms, gingersnaps, meringues)

  20. The express train to Christmas is no joke! Where the heck is October and November go?!!? And why have I baked nothing?! You must have a gynormous freezer! lol I’m lucky if I can stash some pie crusts and chicken breasts in mine. These cookies look amazing in all their ooey gooey molassesy-ness. 

  21. Do you roll them in sugar before baking? The picture looks like there is sugar on the outside.

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