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Molasses Ginger Cookies

Molasses ginger cookies are deliciously chewy and packed with holiday-spice flavor. Making homemade Christmas cookies has never been easier – or more tasty!

Close-up of a molasses ginger cookie that has been broken in half.

Molasses ginger cookies are one of my all-time favorites during the holiday season. I LOVE the flavor and chew these cookies have. There is a surprise ingredient, but stick with me and add it – I promise it will deliver on the holiday-spice flavor packed into these cookies.

Flour and spices in a bowl.

See that little hint of black over in the bottom right corner of the photo above? Yes. That is black pepper.

DON’T ASK QUESTIONS. JUST DO IT.

Ok? Ok.

Glad we had this talk.

Pouring brown sugar into the dry ingredients.

I have an unspecific “brown sugar” listed in the ingredients. Truly, it is great with both light or dark brown sugar. BUT. If you have dark brown sugar, use it! It adds just a bit more depth to the cookies.

Pouring molasses into the dry ingredients.

And, of course, the star of the show: Molasses. Responsible for that beautiful color and flavor of these amazing molasses ginger cookies.

Completely stirred molasses ginger cookie dough.

The molasses ginger cookie dough will be wet, but not sticky. See how it’s not stuck to the back of the spatula there? I mean, except that one little rouge piece. But you know what I’m trying to say.

Rolling molasses ginger cookie dough portions in sugar.

Rolling the molasses ginger cookies gives them that beautiful crust and slight crunch on the outside. Which pairs just beautifully with the chewy middle.

Pile of molasses ginger cookies.

I made this batch of molasses ginger cookies to deliver for friends but held a few back for the family. We will probably need another batch before Christmas. They are just that good! The recipe is below this delectable image. It is one I adapted from my trusty, rusty, dirty, 2010 America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook.

That book is my life.

Just kidding.

Kinda.

Close-up of a whole molasses ginger cookie.

Close-up of a molasses ginger cookie that has been broken in half.
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Molasses Ginger Cookies

Molasses ginger cookies are deliciously chewy and packed with holiday-spice flavor. Making homemade Christmas cookies has never been easier - or more tasty!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword molasses ginger cookies, soft ginger cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 38 cookies
Calories 89 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup white sugar + 1/3 cup more for coating
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar dark or light, see note
  • 12 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 sticks, melted
  • 1 egg large
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 

  2. Whisk together flour and all the spices. 

  3. Add 1/3 cup white sugar and the brown sugar, mix well. 

  4. Pour in melted butter, molasses, egg, and vanilla extract. 

  5. Mix until thoroughly combined and no flour streaks remain. 

  6. Place remaining 1/3 cup white sugar in a pie dish. 

  7. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough portions into your hand, roll to smooth the edges, and then roll in the sugar. 

  8. Bake 12 cookies on a sheet for 10 minutes in a preheated oven. 

Recipe Notes

Light or dark brown sugar can be used, I prefer dark brown sugar but either will work. 

Nutrition Facts
Molasses Ginger Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 89 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Potassium 77mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Sugars 6g
Vitamin A 2.2%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Molasses ginger cookies are deliciously chewy and packed with holiday-spice flavor. Making homemade Christmas cookies has never been easier - or more tasty!

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2 Comments

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    Sammi Windley
    December 30, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    I didn’t think it was possible for me to like a gingerbread type cookie, but this recipe has changed my mind!

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