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Molasses cookies on a white plate.

Molasses Cookies

These Molasses Cookies are a classic holiday cookie that everyone loves! Chewy, thick and delicious. No special ingredients and no chilling the dough required!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword molasses cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 284 kcal
Author Anna


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature, 12 tablespoons
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses I used Grandma's molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds with electric mixer. Add sugar and beat for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and molasses and beat on medium low speed just until combined.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Gradually add to the sugar molasses mixture and beat on low until combined.
  6. Place 1/4 cup of sugar in a shallow bowl. Scoop cookie dough with a medium size (1 and 1/2 tablespoons) cookie scoop and place directly on the sugar. Roll few times and then form into a ball in your hands. Place on a cookie sheet, leaving about 2" of space between cookies.
  7. Bake cookies for 9 to 11 minutes (10 minutes was the magic number for me). Remove from oven and let cool 2 minutes on the sheet. Transfer cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

  1. The calorie count is for 4 cookies per person. 
  2. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Nutrition Facts
Molasses Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 198mg9%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.