These chewy 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!
These soft and chewy cookies are laced with deep molasses flavor and a hint of spice. They are perfect for the holidays or any time.
Ginger molasses cookies are 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 bake 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. Over the years my love for the combination of molasses, ginger, cinnamon and cloves has grown to the point where it feels like it just wouldn’t be the holidays without the flavor combination.
Now we also make gingerbread cookies cut in cute shapes and decorated with colorful royal icing. But being a lover of chewy cookies, these molasses cookies might be my favorite way to enjoy the spices of the season.
It turns out I’m not the only one. My brother-in-law and father-in-law also make a bee line for these cookies when they spot them on our cookie trays.
They are the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. Honestly, I don’t know why I only make them around the holidays.
Molasses cookies deserve to be made all year long!
What is the best way to store cookies?
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Try adding a couple of marshmallows to the container to keep them soft longer. For longer storage, freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months.
We always eat our molasses cookies 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?
You could make a powdered sugar glaze to drizzle over the cookies. Vanilla would be great, but lemon also goes well with ginger treats.
Try making a little cream cheese buttercream to sandwich between two cookies. The creamy frosting and spicy cookies would be so good together.
If you like extra ginger, try putting in some diced crystalized ginger. That would add great texture and zing.
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Soft and Spicy Molasses Cookies
- ¾ cup butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup molasses
- 2¼ cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- additional granulated sugar for rolling
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses and beat until smooth.
- In a small bowl, stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until combined.
- 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.
- Cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet and then move to a wire rack to cool completely
- Store in an airtight container.