Soft and chewy molasses cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat. These perfectly spicy cookies with crinkly tops taste like Christmas!
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My soft and chewy ginger snaps have been a fan favorite year-round for the last few years. They remind me of Christmas but they are great any time of year.
These spicy ginger molasses cookies are very similar – my friend said they taste like love and Christmas.
Many molasses cookies are made with shortening, but I like to use butter. It gives them a really rich flavor and the brown sugar keeps them super soft and chewy.
BUTTER – Unsalted butter, softened to room temperature.
BROWN SUGAR – Helps adds to the softness of the cookies.
EGG – Just one large egg.
MOLASSES – I like to use Grandma’s Molasses.
FLOUR – All purpose white flour.
BAKING SODA – Helps to give the cookies rise.
SALT – For balance.
CINNAMON – Try to use a high quality cinnamon for the best flavor.
CLOVES – Cloves pair perfectly with cinnamon & ginger to create spicy warmth.
GINGER – To round out the spices.
SUGAR – Granulated white sugar to roll the dough balls in.
TOOLS FOUND ON AMAZON TO HELP YOU
- Mixing Bowls – I like the grippy bottom so they don’t slide around.
- Silicone Spatulas – I use these for EVERYTHING.
- Medium Cookie Scoop – I can never go back to pre-cookie scoop life.
- Lipped Baking Sheets – I like my baking sheets to have a lip so no cookie dough balls hit the ground!
HOW TO MAKE SOFT & CHEWY MOLASSES COOKIES
STEP ONE: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and egg. Stir in the molasses.
STEP TWO: In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
STEP THREE: Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
STEP FOUR: Chill the dough for at least an hour.
STEP FIVE: Use a medium cookie scoop to portion out the dough and then roll in granulated sugar to coat. Place 12 onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and bake for 8-10 minutes at 375.
WHAT DOES MOLASSES DO IN COOKIES
Using molasses in cookies gives them their beautiful brown color and adds to the soft and chewy texture.
WHICH MOLASSES IN BEST FOR COOKIES
I like to use Grandma’s Molasses. It’s easy to find at the market and is made with sugarcane molasses that is unsulfured and it doesn’t have preservative or artificial colors (pet peeve of mine – don’t add color to things that don’t need colors!).
The combination of molasses and brown sugar is what helps make these cookies so soft and chewy.
CAN I FREEZE THEM
Yes, you can freeze these cookies. I like to fully prep the dough and then cover with plastic wrap and move them to the freezer on a baking sheet. Once they’re fully frozen, move the dough balls to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. You can bake from frozen. Cookies on demand!
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Soft & Chewy Molasses Cookies
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened to room temp
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup unsulphered molasses
- 2 cups all purpose white flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar for rolling
- To a large mixing bowl, add the butter, brown sugar, and egg and cream with a hand mixer until smooth. Stir in the molasses.
- To a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir to fully combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill for at least an hour.
- When ready, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- Also, pour some granulated white sugar into a small bowl or plate to roll the dough balls in.
- Use a cookie scoop to portion out 1" balls of chilled dough. Roll the dough balls in the white sugar and place on the pan. 12 balls per pan, evenly spaced.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until just crisp on the edges.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the rack before enjoying!