closeup of a molasses cookie

Soft Molasses Cookie Recipe

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies


These Molasses Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookies! They are slightly crispy on the edges, chewy in the middle with a kick of ginger flavor and rolled in sugar for a sweet finish.


  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (95g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (110g) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (59ml) molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cup (245g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoons cream of tartar
  • Additional ½ cup granulated sugar to roll the cookies in


  1. In your stand mixer, combine the butter with the granulated and brown sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together.
  2. Add the molasses, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix into the butter and sugar until the eggs are well beaten.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredient. Slowly add into batter and beat on medium low speed until well combined and dough starts to form.
  4. Place the remaining ½ cup sugar in a separate bowl. Use a large cookie scoop  and scoop cookie dough into sugar, roll around to coat the cookie. Place the cookies on a silicone lined baking sheet. Refrigerate dough for a minimum of 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350° F. If your cookies have been refrigerated longer than 2 hours, allow them to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before baking. Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on your baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookie to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Storage: Keep stored in an airtight container.

Freezing instructions: Cookie dough can be frozen and thawed prior to bake. Baked cookies can also be frozen in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:
1 cookie
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Soft Molasses Cookies, ginger molasses cookies, Christmas cookies