These cookies are exactly what a simple holiday cookie should be – filled with those warm spices, chewy, ready to be dunked in. glass of milk or coffee, and totally giftable.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

Holidays equal platters and tins of festive-looking cookies.  Cookies with colored icing, cookies with sprinkles, cookies with fillings, cookies with layers.  An artistic cookie display is a thing of beauty, that I’ll not argue, but I’ll reach past the whole lot if I see a flat, modest, quiet molasses cookie.  This is my cookie, not much to look at, compared to its flashy holiday brethren, but pliant and spice-scented and to my mind, kind of perfect.

Because the butter is melted in this recipe, you can just as easily mix them up with a spoon or a rubber spatula as an electric mixer.  And also go for dark brown sugar, which contains more….molasses!

Chewy Molasses Cookies

Do not overbake these cookies (unless you want crispy molasses cookies, then go right ahead and add another couple of minutes).

Perfect Chewy Molasses Cookies: These are a terrific holiday cookie, with all kinds of warm spices, and your house will smell amazing when they are baking

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Packing and Sending Cookies

These delicious treats make the perfect holiday gift. These will keep for 3 or 4 days in an airtight container.  They are good contenders for shipping. Separate layers of them with wax or parchment paper. Then place additional crumpled paper in the bottom and top of the container to fill it. Make sure the container they are shipped in is well padded all around before putting it in a box and sending it off to a lucky recipient.

The Chewy Sugar Cookies you see in these photos are a great pairing with the molasses cookies. Make a combo package for shipping.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

Also see: 9 Nut-Free Bake Sale/Birthday Party Recipes.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

These are a terrific holiday cookie, with all kinds of warm spices, and your house will smell amazing when they are baking.
Yield: 20 Cookies
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar plus another 1/2 cup for rolling
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • cup molasses
  • 1 large egg


  • In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, cloves, and salt.
  • In another large bowl, combine the butter, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and molasses. Beat in the egg. Beat in the dry ingredients; the dough should be fairly stiff. Refrigerate the dough for about 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Scoop the dough up by heaping tablespoons, and roll them into balls. Roll the balls in the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar and place them 2 inches apart on a baking sheet (about 12 cookies per baking sheet). Using the bottom of a glass, flatten the cookies to about 1/4-inch thick, 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
  • Bake for 7 or 8 minutes just until set. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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  1. Have made these a couple of times now, and they have been a big hit. My grandmother used to bake us molasses cookies all the time, so it’s fun to continue the tradition! My grandsons enjoy helping, especially the part where you press the dough down with a glass.

    1. I love the pressing down part, too! They are such a traditional cookie, and two of my best friends adore them so I make them often.

  2. We all loved these! Made tonight as we decorated our Christmas tree and it got us all in the mood. These will go in our holiday rotation, for sure!

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