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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
  • 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)
  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.
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.