Easy Molasses Cookies Recipe

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These molasses cookies are a MUST TRY recipe! Made from a basic make ahead starter cookie mix they are deceptively simple and delish!

Blue plate with stacked molasses cookies on top

Best tips for baking easy molasses cookies:

  • Use parchment paper for baking.
  • For the first batch bake at the last amount of time. These cookies bake fast so decide if you like chewy or crunchy and adjust the time.
  • It’s important to chill the cookies before baking!
  • Make a batch of Make Ahead Cookie Mix to have on hand when you have a craving!
  • Roll the cookies in 1 inch balls and leave plenty of room in between on cookie sheet. They definitely spread out!

I am a chocolate lover from my days in utero.

Ok, I can’t possibly know that but I do know my mom loved chocolate so it’s probably a good assumption!

My grandmother lived with us my entire childhood until she passed away when I was 15. She had her own secret hiding place for her sugary goodies.

A piece of cake sitting on top of a wooden table

Of course, I knew where it was and might have on occasion snuck a piece or two! I know. Busted!

Now y’all know with certainty how far from perfect I am!

Naturally, I have my own chocolate stash whose location has never been much of a secret. Since I’ve been changing my diet and working out the chocolate mostly sits there untouched (unless a craving hits!)

But I do love it so much I have entire post of chocolate recipes on my blog. You really should check it out and thank me later.

A close up of a plate of milk next to a cup of coffee, with Cookie and Molasses

So why in the world would I stray from what I know and love?

Beats me but since last winter I’ve been hankering for something different. This easy molasses cookie recipe is just what I was looking for!

The addition of cinnamon, ginger and cloves gives just enough of a spicy taste that’ll have you yearning for more!

Since I shared my basic cookie dough mix here (and a recipe for yummy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies) I’ve been working on a few other cookies to make with this mix and I’m here to proudly say this one is a winner!

A slice of cake on a plate, with Cookie Mix

I made a batch of these molasses cookies and had to hide some away just so I could take a few pictures! 

These luscious little delights are unassuming but completely addictive. I might have actually eaten six when they came out of the oven (for testing purposes only! lol)

As you can see I dressed them up with bit of ribbon which would be perfect for a hostess or teacher gift during a holiday season or just because. 

Cookie and Molasses

Just insert them into a simple paper or plastic bag with this cute printable.

If you’re ready to step outside the realm of chocolate, try this cookie and tell me what you think! Make a batch of the basic cookie mix because I have more recipes coming soon!

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Easy Molasses Cookies

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Easy Molasses Cookies

These easy molasses cookies are a MUST TRY recipe! Made from a basic make ahead starter cookie mix they are deceptively simple but get rave reviews for taste!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Molasses Cookies


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups Make Ahead Cookie Mix
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • granulated sugar for rolling cookies


  • Combine butter and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended.
  • Add egg and molasses and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Stir together cookie mix, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl.
  • Add flour ingredients into butter mixture and beat at low speed until well blended.
  • Chill 3 hours or overnight.
  • Heat over to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 10-13 minutes and cool on rack.



The cookies came out crispy but softened up the longer they were around (which wasn’t long!)
If you like chewy cookies bake a shorter amount of time. I also used parchment paper but a regular cookie sheet is fine.
Chill until you’re able to shape dough. I put in freezer to save a little time!
Make ahead Molasses cookies stacked together on blue plate

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  1. Ohhhh molasses/gingersnap cookies are my favorite!! Thank you for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday and hope you’ll come back this weekend with your latest & greatest. πŸ™‚

  2. I love molasses cookies! I can’t wait to bake these. Thank you for sharing. I came over from the link up party over at My Girlish Whims.

  3. I love a good cookie and these fit the bill. Pinning to share πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!
    Have a great week ahead.

  4. These look yummy! Will have to try this recipe.

    Thanks for the comment on my last post. Funny thing . . . I didn’t remember posting it, and I hadn’t finished it. (The mind gets a little forgetful in the midst of grief.) When I saw your comment, I looked at the post . . . and completed it this morning. πŸ™‚

    1. How funny, Laurel. Sometimes I don’t even remember writing things! I’m so sorry for the tough months you’ve had but you know I understand. Here’s to a better 2016 for both our families!

  5. Hmmm…but are they crisp or chewy? I’m always on the lookout for the latter πŸ˜‰ Not crisp and not exactly soft but that wonderful in between chewiness. And for some reason few recipes indicate that!???

    1. Hi, Jen. These molasses cookies came out crispy when I first baked them but got a bit softer with time. They’re probably the texture you’re looking for. If you try them, let me know what you think!