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Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies are chewy and delicious. Baked with cinnamon and ginger, these are the old fashioned favorite that we all grew up with. Great for holiday baking or to enjoy any time of year.

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Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies

Molasses spice cookies are a tried and true family favorite. This easy recipe is a great addition to your Christmas cookie trays and easy enough to bake any day of the week. 

If you are looking for more holiday baking ideas, Chocolate Chip Biscotti, Best Ever Sugar Cookies and Easy Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are always popular for Christmas. 

Just take me to the recipe! The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of the post, or read on for step by step photos.



How to Make Molasses Cookies:

Butter and sugar in a mixing bowl for molasses cookies

  • Cream butter in a mixing bowl until creamy. 
  • Add sugars and mix 1 minute.

Molasses and eggs in dough

  • Next, add molasses, egg and vanilla and beat until combined. 

Flour and spices in Molasses cookie dough

  • Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Mix well. 

Cookie scoop and bowl of sugar with a scoop of molasses cookie dough

  • Use a cookie scoop to form balls and roll in sugar. 

Molasses cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet

  • Place on a greased or lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. 

Baked Molasses Cookies

  • Bake for 11 minutes or until crisp around the edges. 

Wire rack of molasses cookies cooling

  • Remove to a wire rack to cool. 
  • Store cookies in an airtight container. 

This easy cookie recipe is adapted from Simply Recipes Molasses Spice Cookies and is my favorite spice cookie for the holidays. They have crisp edges and chewy middles. So good with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate


Molasses cookies are great for your holiday cookie trays. They are sturdy enough to pack and if stored in airtight containers they will stay fresh for at least a week. 

Molasses cookies on a galvanized tray

More Old Fashioned Cookie Recipes to Try:

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies are so simple and delicious. If you make them as often as I do, you’ll have the recipe memorized in no time!

Pecan Sandies Cookies are almost like a shortbread cookie that is loaded with pecans. So easy and way better than the store bought version!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are one of my favorites! This recipe is so easy and great to bake and share. 

Stacks of molasses spice cookies

Be sure to add these easy Molasses Cookies to your baking list! They are sure to earn a top spot on your holiday favorites list!



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Yield: 30 cookies

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies on a tray

Molasses Cookies are chewy and delicious. Baked with cinnamon and ginger, these are the old fashioned favorite that we all grew up with. Great for holiday baking or to enjoy any time of year.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes


  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add softened butter and beat until creamy.
  3. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat until fluffy.
  4. Pour in molasses, add egg and vanilla and continue to beat until combined.
  5. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger, mixing well. Scrape down sides if needed.
  6. Scoop into about 1 1/2 tablespoon size balls and roll in sugar.
  7. Place on a greased or lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until edges are crisp.
  9. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  10. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 392mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 2g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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  1. Hi! remember me from the apple cobbler? Well, I tried making these as well and THEY TASTE SO GREAT! They also taste like gingersnaps. I almost forgot the molasses and then I remembered that these were called molasses cookies so I got it and put it in and they turned out fine! My dad loves them!

    1. Hi Kirsten,
      I do remember you! I am so glad you liked the molasses cookies! I made several batches over the holidays and they are one of my favorites. Thanks for letting me know they turned out for you.

      ~ Milisa

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