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A stack of Soft Molasses Cookies on a small flowered plate.
Soft Molasses Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

These soft molasses cookies are brimming with warm spices and have a crunchy sugar crust.

Course: Cookies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Keyword: molasses cookies
Servings: 48 Cookies
Calories: 124 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened (2 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 cups AP flour
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar (I recommend equal parts granulated sugar and turbinado sugar)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line to baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar with a paddle attachment of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Mix in the molasses.

  3. Whisk the flour, spices, baking soda, and salt, together in a small bowl.

  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat on low until just combined.

  5. Using a small ice cream scooper or spoon, and scoop out heaping tablespoons. Roll each portion into a ball and roll the ball in the sugar in a small bowl.

  6. Place the balls on the parchment lined sheet trays about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 mins, until the tops begin to crack.

  7. Cool slightly on the sheet trays, them remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Recipe Notes

The cookies will keep for 3-4 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

  • Use room temperature butter and eggs for the best results.
  • Use unsulphured, robust molasses for these cookies. Blackstrap will be too intense!
  • I use a small scoop to portion out the dough so the cookies will be uniform in size.
  • Wet your hands as you roll out the dough to prevent it from sticking to your hands.
  • Parchment or a silpat lined baking sheet prevents the cookies from sticking as they bake.
  • I roll the portioned dough in a mix of granulated and turbinado sugar for that crackly crust.
  • Bake these just until the tops begin to crack, but the cookies are still soft. They will set as they cool.
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Nutrition Facts
Soft Molasses Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 158IU3%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.