Soft Molasses Cookies are made with molasses, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg for a soft and chewy texture and a hint of spice. They are the perfect cookie for the holidays.

These Soft Molasses Cookies are a must for me during the holidays. There’s just something about the chewy molasses cookie base, the slight spice from the cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg, and the crunchy sugar on the outside that gets me in the holiday spirit.

Molasses cookies lined up with a bite out of one of them

Ingredients for Soft Molasses Cookies:

  • Unsalted Butter. I always make sure to use unsalted butter when baking because there is no “standard” for the amount of salt they can add to butter. So if you add salt to a recipe and then use salted butter you could end up with a very salty end product.
  • Granulated Sugar. This will add sweetness to the molasses cookies.
  • Light Brown Sugar. Brown sugar adds a softer texture to the finished product.
  • Egg. It will be easier to incorporate the egg if it is at room temperature.
  • Molasses. This will help to keep the cookies soft while also adding flavor and color to the cookie dough.
  • All-Purpose Flour. Measuring the flour correctly is very important. I suggest weighing your flour out (I use this scale). If you want to use a measuring cup, make sure you spoon the flour into the cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t use the cup to scoop directly from the flour.
  • Baking Soda. This will help the cookies to rise.
  • Ground Cinnamon. This will add flavor to the cookies.
  • Ground Ginger. See above note.
  • Ground Nutmeg. See above note.
  • Ground Clove. See above note.
  • Salt. Salt is a must in baked goods. It will help to balance out the sweetness and improve the overall flavor.
All of the ingredients needed for this recipe

How to make Soft Molasses Cookies:

STEP 1: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees (F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

STEP 2: In a large bowl combine the butter and both sugars. Beat until fully combined.

STEP 3: Add the egg and molasses and mix to combine.

The wet ingredients and sugars combined in a bowl

STEP 4: In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk to combine.

The dry ingredients in a bowl

STEP 5: Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Overmixing will make the cookies tough.

The completed cookie dough in a bowl

STEP 6: Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough out and roll it into balls. Chill the dough balls for 30 minutes.

STEP 7: Roll the chilled dough balls in the extra sugar and space 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

STEP 8: Bake the molasses cookies for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

the soft molasses cookies piled on a plate

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RECIPE ORIGINALLY POSTED DECEMBER 2019. UPDATED DECEMBER 2021

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Soft Molasses Cookies

Soft Molasses Cookies are made with molasses, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg for a soft and chewy texture and a hint of spice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time48 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Cookies, molasses, molasses cookies, soft cookies, soft molasses cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 105kcal

Ingredients

For Cookies:

  • 1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup (66 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (53 grams) light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup (113 grams) molasses I used blackstrap
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • granulated sugar for rolling cookies

Instructions

For Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the butter and both sugars. Beat until fully combined.
  • Add the egg and molasses and combine.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough out and roll into balls. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Roll the chilled dough balls in the extra sugar and space 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.8g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 187mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 6.8g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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