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Molasses Cookies are the perfect sweet treat! These are my favorite ginger molasses cookies are hearty, flavorful, and the perfect cookies for the holidays. Add some fun toppings, or enjoy them just as they are.
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Soft Molasses Cookies
If you’re looking for soft molasses cookies, you can’t top this southern favorite. The ground cinnamon paired with the ground cloves and sugars is what takes the flavor and taste over the top.
Most people will make these delicious molasses cookies for the holidays, but I’m the type that thinks good cookies should be enjoyed all year long!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
You can easily change them up to adapt to the time of year – and I encourage you to do so! I’ll add some red and green M&M’s to the top during Christmas and some orange and black sprinkles for Halloween. Versatility and its finest!
Once you gather up the list of ingredients for this molasses cookie recipe, it’s time to get started. The ease of this recipe is insane!
- Unsalted butter – Make sure that it’s softened to mix well with the rest of the ingredients.
- Brown sugar – Pack it when measuring it so that you get the correct amount.
- Molasses – The star of the show and needed to give the cookies their chewy texture!
- Egg – Great for binding the ingredients in the cookie dough and adding some protein.
- Vanilla extract – Pure vanilla extract is my choice!
- Baking soda – This gives the cookies a bit of fluffiness/
- Salt – Just a pinch.
- Ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, ground nutmeg – Adds a nice warmth and flavor.
- All purpose flour – You can sift the flour if you want to get rid of any lumps or risk of lumps.
- Granulated sugar – The main sweetener for these cookies!
- Christmas M&Ms – Optional topping.
How to make Molasses Cookies
Before starting on the step-by-step instructions below, keep in mind that you do need to factor in the fact that this dough does have to chill.
- Mix the ingredients. Use a mixer and combine the butter, brown sugar, and molasses.
- Add the egg and vanilla and stir. Then mix in the baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Stir until smooth.
- Slowly add the flour and stir.
- Roll the cookie dough balls. Add the cinnamon and sugar into a bowl and roll the cookie dough balls in the mixture.These cookies spread, so leave space when you’re baking them.
- Add to the cookie sheet. You can use a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to add the dough to the baking sheet. Add them to the cookie sheet, and top with toppings if you’re adding anything.
- Chill the dough. Put the cookie dough scoops into the fridge for one hour at a minimum.
- Preheat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add parchment paper to the baking sheets.
- Bake: Bake for 10 minutes, or until they’re no longer glossy on top.
Storing and Freezing Molasses Cookies
More than likely, you’ll have leftovers of these chewy molasses cookies. If you do, just let them cool down all the way and store them in an airtight container. You can keep them at room temperature or in the fridge. Your choice. You can store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
You can also freeze these ginger molasses cookies! Just add them to a freezer-safe bag or container and keep them frozen. When you’re ready to eat them, move them to the fridge to thaw.
Adding molasses is what gives these cookies their brown coloring and most of their sweetness! The added molasses always makes them chewy, too!
While many people think that these two types of cookies are the same, they’re actually quite different. Molasses cookies are soft and chewy, while gingerbread cookies have a crisper texture.
You bet! I love adding ground ginger to this cookie recipe because it’s such a flavor enhancer. You could make it without adding it – but why?
To determine if the cookies are done baking, the top of the cookies is your clue. If they’re done and ready to be removed from the oven, the glossy top will be gone and will not look shiny.
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Christmas Molasses Cookies
- ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter softened
- ¾ cup (150g) packed brown sugar
- ⅓ cup (79ml) molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon divided
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups (248g) all purpose flour
- ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
- Christmas M&Ms for topping, optional
- Note: this dough requires chilling.
- Using a stand or a hand mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and molasses until the butter is broken up (the mixture will be lumpy). Mix in egg and vanilla, then add baking soda, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and the ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Mix until smooth, then slowly mix in the flour until the cookie dough forms.
- Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of dough onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. No need to space them out; you’re going to chill them.
- Chill the dough for at least one hour, but you can also cover and chill up to one full day (or freeze the balls of dough for later baking).
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- Stir together the granulated sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll each cookie dough ball in the cinnamon sugar and then place on the cookie sheet. These do spread, so leave room. Top each ball with 5-6 M&Ms.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until they’re no longer glossy. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.
Molasses Cookies are the perfect Christmas Cookie Recipe! These are soft & chewy cookies with M&Ms but they’re amazing plain too!
Last Updated on October 25, 2022