Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

These Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies are the perfect balance of both chewy and crispy. The tops are barely crunchy while the insides are chewy.

Today I have a delicious molasses cookie recipe for you folks. I’ve made lots of molasses/gingerbread cookies over the years and I love them all! The spiciness from the cinnamon, cloves and ginger are so flavorful. Let’s bake them!

Ingredients needed

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • ginger
  • butter 
  • sugar
  • egg
  • molasses
Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

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Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies
Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

These old fashioned molasses cookies are a balance of both chewy and crispy. The tops are barely crunchy while the insides are chewy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 24 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings
Calories 135 kcal


For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour may use half whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar divided
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses


  • Preheat oven to 375-f degrees.

For the dough:

  • In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, & ginger; set aside. In medium bowl, with electric mixer on low speed, blend together the melted butter, 1 cup sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in molasses. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to molasses mixture; mix until completely combined. Cover and chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour.

For baking:

  • Roll dough into walnut sized balls (use a medium cookie scoop, if available); roll each ball in remaining sugar. Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 8-9 minutes just until tops are cracked all over, but cookies are still a bit gooey inside the center cracks. Cool on wire racks.


Recipe from The Yummy Life.


Calories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 190mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 189IUVitamin C: 0.001mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
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Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies


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  1. I made molasses cookies for the first time last year and love them!!! What a Christmasy cookie! Yours look delicious!
    Merry Christmas!