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Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies

This recipe makes the ultimate soft and chewy molasses cookie! Coated in sugar and filled with warm spices, they're a perfectly classic cookie!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 139kcal


  • Stand Mixer
  • Cookie Scoop


  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves
  • 8 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ½ cup sugar


  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  • Cream together butter and sugar, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary. Add the egg and yolk, mix well. Stir in the vanilla and the molasses.
  • In three batches, add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing to combine.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour, or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, portion out dough. Roll in ½ cup granulated sugar.
  • Place cookies 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes, or until edges of cookie are just set and center is still a little underdone.
  • Remove and let cool on wire rack.


  • The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for a few days or frozen for up to four months. They actually taste better the next day!
  • For a fun holiday twist - roll the cookies in red and green sanding sugar instead of regular granulated sugar.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg