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Soft and Spicy Molasses Cookies

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These molasses cookies are warm, sweet and spicy. They are also soft and chewy. They are sure to be a hit on your holiday cookie tray!

Crinkly soft brown molasses spice cookies.

     A soft and chewy cookie laced with deep molasses flavor and a hint of spice. These are perfect for the holidays or any time. They’re like gingersnaps without the snap. They will definitely dance across your taste buds.

      It is funny that even though I come from a very German family on my dad’s side, gingerbread wasn’t really a holiday staple.  We always had sugar cookies, and crescent cookies, there was always peanut brittle and a variety of other cookies and candies.

    But we never really got into the molasses and spiced cookies.  My husband’s German family, however got a bit more into gingerbread.

    His uncle Doug and family make and send gingerbread men from Washington state each year.  It is the highlight of his grandma’s Christmas season, I think.

    She gets the lot of gingerbread men and picks out a couple for each of the family members.  But I think Matt’s dad takes the cake on gingerbread loving.
    So I always try to make sure he is around when we have a gingerbread treat.  I made him German gingerbread goat cookies last year as they have goats on their farm.  I’ve also brought him gingerbread loaves and other spiced treats.

   But this year, I thought it would be fun to make something a bit different.  Instead of a crisp and snappy cookie, I thought it would be fun to make a softer version.

platter of chewy molasses spice cookies.

     So now we have another Christmas-time favorite.  It has just enough spice and that rich molasses sweetness.

   But instead of a crunch when you bite into it, you get a nice soft cookie chew.  It is nice to have a bit of variety after all.

   We ate these plain, but they would be great dunked in white chocolate too.  Maybe just the bottoms, for a bit of a snap followed by a soft cookie? Hmmmm.  I better get to baking another batch so I can give that a try!

crackly chewy molasses spice cookies.
Yield: 48 Cookies

Soft and Spicy Molasses Cookies

crackly chewy molasses spice cookies.

These molasses cookies are warm, sweet and spicy. They are also soft and chewy. They are sure to be a hit on your holiday cookie tray!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 44 minutes
Total Time 59 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • additional sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses and beat until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Roll into 1-inch balls, then roll into sugar. Place a couple of inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned.
  6. Cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet and then move to a wire rack to cool completely
  7. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1 Cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These molasses cookies are warm, sweet and spicy. They are also soft and chewy. They are sure to be a hit on your holiday cookie tray!

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Carlee

Thursday 7th of December 2017

Ha! Come and get some! xoxox

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Friday 16th of December 2016

Oh my gosh Carlee! I don't know if I have enough flour in the house to get all these cookies made!

Carlee

Saturday 17th of December 2016

There's always more! I picked up another bag at the store yesterday "just in case" I need it this weekend. Apparently I had the same thought before as there were already two bags in the pantry, not to mention the one in the bin already. I guess I better get baking!

Unknown

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Unless I'm eating a biscotti I like my cookies to be soft and yummy. These look perfect to me. My mom used to make molasses cookies when we were little, adding the ginger, cinnamon and cloves make this 2 of my favorites in one treat! Yes! These would be so good with the cup of coffee I'm drinking right now!

Carlee

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

Me too! I wish I could share!

Unknown

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

What wonderful flavors and yummy looking cookies! Thanks so much for linking up to Funtastic Friday!

Carlee

Wednesday 14th of December 2016

Thank you!

Unknown

Sunday 11th of December 2016

These sound and look so perfect for Christmas!!! :)

Carlee

Monday 12th of December 2016

Thank you!

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