molasses cookies

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies

These molasses cookies are soft and chewy. This is my mom's recipe and one of my favorites. They store well and can be frozen. Great for gifting during the holidays!


    • 1 ½ cups white sugar, divided

    • ¾ cup butter or margarine, melted

    • 1 large egg

    • ¼ cup molasses

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour

    • 2 teaspoons baking soda

    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    • ½ teaspoon salt

    • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

    • ½ teaspoon ground ginger


    1. Mix 1 cup sugar, butter, and egg together in a medium bowl until smooth; stir in molasses.

    2. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and ginger in a separate medium bowl; add to the molasses mixture and stir until well combined. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.

    3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

    4. While the oven is preheating, roll dough into 1-inch diameter balls; roll each ball in remaining 1/2 cup white sugar before placing 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

    5. Bake in batches in the preheated oven until tops are cracked, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

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