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A stack of molasses cookies on a black and white cake platter.

Molasses Cookie Recipe

Soft and chewy Molasses Cookies just like grandma used to make! These are sweet and spicy with a light sugar coating and plenty of molasses in the dough.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 118kcal


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar for rolling


  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Set aside. 
  • In a standing mixer fit with the paddle attachment on medium speed, or with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and shortening until smooth. Add molasses and egg and beat until combined.
  • Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 3 days in advance.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Place sugar in a shallow dish for rolling.
  • Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, toss in sugar, and arrange at least 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten with a glass.
  • Bake until the edges are set, about 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely.


Adapted from Martha Stewart's Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies


Calories: 118kcal