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ginger molasses cookie on red cake stand

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ginger molassses cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 145kcal
These soft and chewy cookies have a delicious balance of spices.
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  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar for rolling cookies in


  • In a large bowl combine the flour, spices, baking soda and salt. Whisk together.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend the butter until smooth, then add both sugars and beat until well combined.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and continue to blend.
  • Add molasses and blend until combined.
  • Slowly add flour mixture, while mixing on low. Blend until just combined.
  • Scoop batter using a 2 tablespoon sized cookie scoop, and roll into balls in your hands. Roll balls of dough into a small bowl of sugar, then place 2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Flatten cookie balls slightly.
  • Bake cookies in a pre-heated 350*F oven for 8-10 minutes. Cookies are done when they are slightly puffy and cracked. They will deflate a bit as they cool. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for a minute or so, then move to a cooling rack.


Recipe updated Dec. 2017 with two minor changes. I increased the baking soda to 2 teaspoons (from 1 teaspoon) in an effort to make sure to get those nice cracked tops that are characteristic of molasses cookies. Also, I reduced the ginger from 2 teaspoons to 1 teaspoon to make sure it doesn’t over power the other delicious flavors.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg