Classic Molasses Cookies that are chewy and stay soft for days-but mine never make it that far because they are so yummy!
Molasses Cookies take me back to baking with grandma. My job was to roll the dough in extra sugar before putting them in the oven. I can still smell those fresh cookies baking.
Molasses is a super dark, thick syrup with a strong flavor. The molasses is what turns these cookies a dark color and is the contributing factor to the soft, chewy texture.
I can never get over how chewy molasses cookies are. These cookies can be enjoyed year round but are especially popular during the holidays. I like to make a double batch and then freeze for holiday treats later.
What is the best molasses to use?
Molasses can vary in both flavor and intensity. My personal favorite is Grandmas Brand. Molasses will stay good on your shelf for years to come. If you are cooking outside of the United States look for fancy molasses. Avoid cooking molasses or blackstrap molasses, they are too bitter for this recipe.
What do molasses cookie taste like?
Molasses cookies taste similar to a gingersnap but they are soft and chewy instead of crisp. They are a great combination of cinnamon and ginger flavor.
Ingredients in ginger molasses cookies:
- brown sugar
- molasses (look for fancy molasses, avoid cooking or blackstrap molasses, it's too bitter for this recipe)
- all-purpose flour
- spices: cinnamon, ginger, and cloves (these give it such a nice spiced flavor!)
How do you store soft molasses cookies?
Molasses cookies freeze so well. I love having extra treats in the freezer this time of year in case of unexpected visitors. Pull them out of the freezer and let thaw or you can zap them in the microwave for 10 seconds.
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- Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
- ginger snap cookies
- The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
- White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies
- My Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe
This easy recipe for Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies is a favorite. Soft, chewy, lightly spiced cookies that are perfect for gift giving and holiday baking.
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- Additional sugar for rolling
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment.
- In a large bowl beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the molasses and egg and beat well.
- Add the flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves and stir to combine well. Scoop one tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball with you hands. Roll the ball in additional sugar and place is on the baking sheet. Repeat leaving about 2 inches in between each dough ball. Using the bottom of a measuring cup lightly flatten each ball.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack and enjoy with lots of milk. Store leftovers in an air-tight container.
- Not that this will make a pretty soft dough compared to other cookie doughs. This helps the end cookie to be soft and tender.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Dessert, Cookies
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
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This molasses cookie recipe has will stand the test of time. You will love these flavorful, soft cookies rolled in sugar and baked to perfection.