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Molasses Cookies {Soft & Chewy}

Old fashioned, quick and easy molasses cookies recipe, requiring simple ingredients. This classic Christmas cookie has a soft and chewy texture.

Christmas just won’t be complete without a batch of these molasses cookies. This recipe has been in the family for generations and it’s just as popular as our ginger cookies and cinnamon cookies.

These old fashioned molasses cookies are loaded with spices!

Easy Molasses Cookies Recipe

Tips for easy molasses cookie recipe:

  • Both, shortening and butter, need to be used in this recipe for the perfect texture.
  • Chill the dough so that it’s easier to handle and form balls plus it prevents the cookies from spreading too much, while baking.
  • Adjust the amount of spices, based on your preference.
  • All ingredients should be at room temperature so they blend together smoothly.
  • Cookies can be rolled in granulated sugar or sanding sugar. I used sanding sugar.
  • Baking soda is used in this recipe, NOT baking powder. Don’t replace one with the other!
  • These cookies have a tendency to get hard after about 24 hours. If that happens, place a slice of bread in the cookie jar, tighten the lid and just let it sit overnight. The next morning, the bread will become hard and the cookies will become soft. That’s because all the moisture from the bread is now in the cookies. Throw out the bread and enjoy your cookies. 

These are the BEST molasses cookies ever!

Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies RecipeSoft molasses cookies

The use of butter and shortening makes these cookies soft.

Chewy molasses cookies

The chewy texture comes from the use of molasses. Don’t use dark molasses since it has a different flavor than regular unsulphured light molasses and can drastically change the flavor.

Ginger molasses cookies

Mix in 1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger in the cookie dough mixture OR you can add 1.5 tbsp freshly grated ginger.

Oatmeal molasses cookie

Mix in 1/4 cup quick cooking oats in the cookie dough mixture.

Grandma’s molasses cookies with icing

These cookies are usually enjoyed without icing but one option could be be a drizzle of royal icing or glace icing, which dries hard. Another option would be spreading classic American buttercream frosting on top of each cookie.

What do molasses cookies taste like?

They have a sweet and spiced flavor with a soft and chewy texture.

Are molasses and gingerbread cookies the same?

No, they are not the same but they are similar. Ginger cookies usually have ginger and they have a crispy texture while these cookies are soft and chewy with no ginger.

How do you make molasses cookies?

  1. Cream together butter, shortening, sugar.
  2. Mix in egg, vanilla extract.
  3. Separately, whisk together the flour, baking soda and spices.
  4. Dump dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Chill dough.
  6. Make small cookie dough balls.
  7. Roll them in granulated sugar.
  8. Bake and you are done.

How long do molasses cookies last?

They can be stored in a cookie jar at room temperature for 3-5 days.

Molasses Cookie Recipe

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Old fashioned, quick and easy molasses cookies recipe, requiring simple ingredients. This classic Christmas cookie has a soft and chewy texture.

Servings: 36 Cookies
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Butter Unsalted
  • ¼ Shortening
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 Egg Large
  • ¼ cup Molasses
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups All-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking soda
  • tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Clove powder
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice powder
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar For rolling cookie balls

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter, shortening and brown sugar until fluffy. 

  2. Add egg, molasses, vanilla extract and mix until smooth. 

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove powder, allspice.

  4. Dump this dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined. Use your hands, if necessary to mix everything into a cookie dough consistency. 

  5. Chill for at least an hour in the fridge so that dough is easier to handle.  

  6. Scoop out small portions of the dough and make small balls.

  7. Roll them in a bowl of granulated sugar and place them on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper. 

  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until edges are firm. 

  9. Allow the cookies down completely in the tray before removing them and enjoy. 

  10. Allow the cookies down completely in the tray before removing them and enjoy. 

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above. 
  • Leftovers can be stored in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Molasses Crinkle Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 113mg 5%
Potassium 52mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

24 comments on “Molasses Cookies {Soft & Chewy}”

  1. Pretty sure this is just taken from the Better homes and gardens cookbook…They call them Giant Ginger Cookies…

  2. I made these today, and added crystallized ginger bits to the dough. Delicious!

  3. How far ahead can i make them? Thank you

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