Best Homemade Molasses Cookies

I love these Molasses Cookies! Some might call them Gingersnaps but they aren’t…the molasses is distinct in their flavor and the ginger is one of the spices that complement it.

Molasses Cookies on a Blue and White Plate with Apples in the Background

Molasses cookies are normally something we make in the fall and serve with apples but are also a staple in our Christmas cookie jar. So why now you ask? Well I didn’t get any made over the holidays but I had the ingredients so when it snowed, well, they happened. They truly are the Best Molasses Cookies and I needed my annual fix!

And I discovered something…they were sure good a few days before Easter too. I used to make these all year long; I need to get back to that!

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I have had more one person comment to me over the years when I mention I love Molasses cookies, ‘Oh you mean Gingersnaps?’ No I mean Molasses cookies! While these cookies do have spices in the dough, including cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, it is the deep, dark, rich taste of molasses that is at the forefront.

This is how they look, with that beautifully crinkled top adorned with demerara sugar. I used to roll them in granulated sugar but I love this larger grain and the brown sugar aspect of demerara is perfect with these cookies baked molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

Yes, they have spices but it is the molasses that makes them special.

Molasses Cookies on Parchment Paper after Baking

I’ve been making these Molasses Cookies for as long as I can remember, and I’m not sure exactly how long that is. Maybe before I left home at 18 but more likely once I moved into an apartment and starting doing more baking and cooking on my own.

I have this VERY old little binder that holds index cards with recipes on them…and it’s in there and I got that gift when I got married at 24 so I had a place to organize my recipes so yes, probably a bit before then. Something like a bazillion years ago.

But no matter, they were good then and they are just as good today. In all those years I have made only two adaptations. I used half shortening and half butter instead of all shortening and I roll them in demerara sugar instead of white granulated sugar; I love the way it looks after baking.

The original recipe called for 2 cups of shortening, something like Crisco. As I mentioned it’s the only main component I revised; I’ve found that substituting that amount of shortening with 1 cup of butter and a cup of shortening gave them a better taste but also kept the great texture I loved.

The ingredient list is simple too; although I did have to add shortening to my grocery list since it’s not a staple in my house. Crisco now makes some nice packaged containers that are easy to measure; no more messing with a big can anymore.

Here’s what you’ll need (full recipe at bottom of page):

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Molasses Cookies are best if they aren’t baked too long and after being baked if they aren’t allowed to dry out. They should be chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside so watch your time carefully!

This is also one cookie I get stored into a container as soon as they are cool enough. It might not be an issue where you are but in Denver at 6,200′ altitude they can dry out quickly and I like to capture that bit of moisture in the middle; it’s part of what I love about them.

Molasses Cookies Cookie Platter with Dessert Plates and Coffee Cups in Background

Sure you can wait several months for the Fall season to try these but trust me, they taste fantastic all year round!

PIN IT! ‘Molasses Cookies’

Molasses Cookies on a Blue and White Plate with Apples in the Background
Molasses Cookies Cookie Platter with Dessert Plates and Coffee Cups in Background

OK, I quit doing this some time ago but had to today. This is the photo I took of these cookies when I first published them twelve years ago. They tasted just as wonderful then but I have sure had to up my photography game in the years since then.

Funny, it used to be a chore; I had no idea what I was doing. Now I love it as much as cooking and baking!

Molasses Cookies on a Blue and White Plate with Apples in the Background

Molasses Cookies

Creative Culinary
Molasses cookies are delicious and a great texture, chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside. One of our favorite cookies!
5 average from less than 50 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Dozen
Calories 152 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Cream butter with shortening until smooth; add sugar, eggs and molasses and cream together.
  • Sift together dry ingredients and add to creamed ingredients.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls; roll in raw sugar granules.
  • Place on cookie sheets line with parchment paper or lightly greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Notes

High Altitude – Use 3 teaspoons of baking soda (1 Tablespoon). Bake at 380 degrees for 8 minutes.
I always recommend you do one tray as a test batch; results can differ at different altitudes. This is for 5200′.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Molasses Cookies
Serving Size
 
2
Amount per Serving
Calories
152
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Cholesterol
 
20
mg
7
%
Sodium
 
164
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Calories
152
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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the recipe! Home baking is great. Both for children and for adults. First, it’s made in your kitchen with 100% quality ingredients. Secondly, it is a whole cooking ritual. It’s relaxing. Thirdly, it is an incomparable aroma of baking for the whole house. My grandmother used to bake cookies every Sunday and this is one of the best memories of my childhood.

  2. I plan on making the cookies as soon as the fancy sugar arrives. What really caught my eye is the gold-handled mugs. Do you remember where you got them?

    1. It’s been a few years Andrea and I think I got them at Home Goods which means it’s not something you could expect to find there every year. But they’ve always had cute glasses and holiday mugs for great prices so might be worth a look.

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