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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!

Try these recipes with the basic cookie mix:

A bunch of different kinds of donuts

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Cookies

Cookie and Chocolate

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Molasses Cookies


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. Hmmm…but are they crisp or chewy? I’m always on the lookout for the latter 😉 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!

  2. 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. 🙂

    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!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 🙂

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