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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: molasses cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 284kcal
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


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds with electric mixer. Add sugar and beat for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and molasses and beat on medium low speed just until combined.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.


  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.


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 133mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.4mg