5 from 2 votes
Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chilling Time
1 hr
Total Time
20 mins

These Soft & Chewy Molasses Cookies are a year-round classic that deserve special attention at Christmas time.  Mildly spiced, richly flavored from the molasses and brown sugar, and generously sprinkled with granulated sugar for a touch of sparkle, this classic molasses cookie recipe belongs in your dessert arsenal.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chewy molasses cookies, molasses cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 179 kcal
Author: Amy Nash, House of Nash Eats
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, for rolling
  1. In the large bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed for 1 minute until creamy.  Add the brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

  2. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla and beat well, scraping the sides of the bowl.

  3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl, then add to the butter and molasses mixture on low speed, mixing until combined.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour, or up to 3 days.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Roll the dough into balls, about 1 1/2-inch in diameter, then roll in the extra sugar and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, just until the cookies begin to crack slightly on top.  Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.  Sprinkle with additional granulated sugar for extra sparkle, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from the back of the Grandma's molasses bottle.  

Nutrition Facts
Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 168mg 7%
Potassium 100mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4.9%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 5.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.