Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies |

I’m not quite sure what’s happening to me, but I seem to be slowly but surely losing my sweet tooth.

If you knew me 10 years ago — heck, make that 2 years ago — this would be shocking.

A part of me is not entirely surprised, as I seem to be making healthier eating choices with each passing year.  Although I’m still a huge believer in the “all things in moderation” philosophy, and always enjoy weaving some indulgences into my diet regularly.  But I don’t know, lately, I seem to be craving all things savory all the time.  Even just this weekend when choosing what to eat for dessert after Thanksgiving, I may or may not have opted for Chex Mix over pumpkin pie.  Crazy!

Still, I am very much looking forward to holiday cookie season.  And while I can appreciate healthier cookie recipes, I have to admit that I generally prefer to go for the real deal anytime and eat one instead of two or three.  And oh man, when these chewy ginger molasses cookies come out of my oven, you’d better believe that no savory Chex mix is going to stand in my way.

These cookies have been my absolute favorite cookies to make each holiday season since I first learned how to bake.  And as such, they were actually the very first cookie recipe I posted on this blog back in 2009.  So since the recipe tends to get buried in the archives, I thought I would pull it back up today to share with any of you other molasses cookie lovers.  Because trust me — it is a winner.


For a little throwback to the good ol’ blogging days of 2009, here’s the original photo I posted for these cookies…along with an old favorite polka dotted plate that I’m pretty sure has not made an appearance on the blog since.
Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies |

Annnnd here are a few more current pics.
Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies |

This recipe is actually one that I still have handwritten on a notecard in an old fashioned recipe box (remember those?) that my mom made for me when I went off to college.  I have no idea where she found the recipe, but it is a literal keeper.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies |

It’s easy to make, and creates the softest chewiest ginger molasses cookies ever.  Our family always just rolled the dough in traditional granulated sugar.  But if you want to get fancy, you can roll it in some coarser turbinado sugar, or you can even experiment with other various sugars.

Let me be clear though — these cookies will not win you any healthy eating awards.  They are the traditional sweet and indulgent ginger molasses cookies that I grew up on.  But let me assure you — they are worth every single bite when you’re ready to indulge.  Plus, they make the most perfect holiday gifts too if you feel like sharing.  :)

So without further ado, let me re-introduce you to one of my favorite recipes!  Enjoy!!

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies |

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

These chewy ginger molasses cookies are soft, sweet, and unbelievably good.


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed for 1 minute until light and fluffy.  Add in the eggs and molasses, and beat on medium-low speed until combined. Gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture and beat until combined.

Roll the dough into small balls, about 1-inch in diameter. Fill a small bowl with sugar, and roll each ball in the sugar until it is completely coated. Place on cookie sheet at least 1 inch apart, and bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the cookies begin to slightly crack on top.  (They may crack more while cooling.)  Remove from the oven and let cool for a minute or two. Then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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Leave a Comment:


  1. Kate — September 9, 2015 @ 7:14 pm (#)

    I was in a hurry, (as usual..) and with my first tray I decided to disregard the ‘1 inch balls 1 inch apart’ instruction. What became of my 2 inch balls 1 inch apart was a cookie that covered the whole baking tray.. haha! But when i slid the 10 x 18 ‘cookie’ off on it’s parchment paper to a cooling rack i got to sample some of the pieces that broke off and instantly did not regret my impatient mistake. Of course the rest of the cookies I formed and spaced with a little more care and they turned out lovely. Absolutely delicious!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 10, 2015 @ 8:01 am (#)

      Thanks Kate, we’re glad you liked these! Also, a giant cookie sounds like a happy accident! :)

  2. Beth G — September 15, 2015 @ 9:06 pm (#)

    These are now my go to cookie! Chewy and delicious! We’ve made them twice, and I had to drop in to leave you a note, letting you know how much we love them :)) Thx!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 17, 2015 @ 8:58 am (#)

      Thanks for sharing with us Beth, we’re happy to hear you love them! :D

  3. Angela — September 18, 2015 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    I made these and they keep falling! :-(  but they still taste amazing!!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 23, 2015 @ 9:45 am (#)

      We’re glad you like the way they taste Angela, but we aren’t sure what you mean bout them falling?

  4. Chloe — September 20, 2015 @ 4:55 pm (#)

    I retract my last post. These are awesome. Tried it again and they came out amazingly. Thank you for this piece of heaven! 

  5. Christina — September 22, 2015 @ 9:28 am (#)

    As an alternative to molasses (in case anyone really doesn’t like the taste, like me), try substituting sorghum. It’s essentially the same molasses texture, and provides the same function, just at a less molasses-y taste. It’s a bit sweeter, but truly amazing! Gluten-free and made from a type of grass. My grandma’s molasses cookie recipe SWEARS by sorghum.

    You’re welcome, world.

  6. Lissa — September 23, 2015 @ 11:39 pm (#)

    I have always known these as Gingersnaps (leave in oven a couple more min and let cool for a crisper cookie). I have loved these cookies since I was little. We always made them for Christmas, instead of gingerbread. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 24, 2015 @ 8:25 am (#)

      Thanks for sharing Lissa! If you love ginger we think you’ll enjoy these, they’ve got such a nice, chewy texture (definitely not crisp/crunchy like the gingersnaps, but still delicious in their own right)! :)

  7. Shelly Freeman — September 30, 2015 @ 9:20 pm (#)

    I made these today, they are awesome! I’ve never made these kind of cookies and I love them, so do my parents, neighbors and kids. This is definitely a recipe I’m keeping. I’m shocked how many it made, I got almost 80 cookies.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 1, 2015 @ 8:34 am (#)

      That’s awesome Shelly, we’re happy to hear you and your loved ones enjoyed these! :) And wow, 80 cookies, that’s impressive! :)

  8. Elizabeth Hamon — October 2, 2015 @ 1:17 pm (#)

    I have tried many Molasses cookie recipes .. these are the best by FAR!!  Thank you so much .. you’ve made me very popular!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 2, 2015 @ 3:55 pm (#)

      Thank you Elizabeth, we’re so happy you like them! :)

  9. krystine — October 4, 2015 @ 11:44 am (#)

    These cookies are perfect! I made them yesterday afternoon and was super pleased with the results. Chewy, flavorful, and needless to say addictive. My boyfriend even liked them and he’s not normally a fan of ginger cookies. The only thing I will say is that I baked mine for only 7 minuets instead of 8 to 10 because I like a softer texture. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 4, 2015 @ 9:55 pm (#)

      Awesome Krystine, we’re so happy you and your boyfriend enjoyed them! :)

  10. Amanda — October 7, 2015 @ 4:57 pm (#)

    Just made these and they are AH-MAZING and sooooo easy! These will be a staple every fall now! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 8, 2015 @ 8:18 am (#)

      Thanks Amanda, we’re so happy you liked these! :)


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