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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

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These Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies are easy to make, super-soft and chewy, and irresistibly delicious.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

It seems a bold move to declare an all-time favorite cookie. But after having been on Team Molasses for going on over three decades now, and already whipped up my third batch of molasses dough in a month, I’ve gotta say that I don’t foresee any allegiance shifts happening soon. So with that said, allow me to introduce you to my all-time favorite cookies…

…the most delicious, soft, chewy, gingery, life-changing molasses cookies

My love for these molasses cookies is entirely thanks to my mom, who baked fresh batches of cookies for our family pretty much every week when we were growing up. Granted, she was always a bit mystified that her oldest daughter (hi, Mom) never inherited her obsession with all kinds of chocolate cookies, which will forever and always be her all-time faves. But molasses cookies were always a compromise we could both agree on. We both love these cookies.

This time of year, they are still the first recipe to which I always turn for holiday cookie baking. And this year in particular, they’ve been extra fun to share with all of our European friends who — as it turns out — maybe love them even more than we do! Ha, every time that we have served them to our friends, and our Spanish class, our neighbors, everyone goes crazy for them. Which means that we never come home with leftovers. Which just means that we have to keep baking more, naturally. Which requires exactly zero twisting of my arm. More molasses cookies for all!

Anyway, these cookies are clearly a hit. So as part of our week of cookies here on the blog, I thought I would bump this recipe back up to the top of the pile today for some non-chocolate cookie inspiration. I initially shared this recipe on the blog nine years ago. But that said, a number of you have reported over the years that your cookies have spread a bit more than you like. So I’ve been tinkering around with our family recipe this fall, and have made a few small adjustments to the recipe below that should help them to stay nice and thick and chewy, without compromising the flavor of the cookies at all. (Although if your cookies do ever flatten out, I promise they’ll still be delicious.)

So I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do, and if you decide to bake up a batch, I’d love to hear how they go! Enjoy, everyone!

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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies Ingredients:

To make this chewy ginger molasses cookies recipe, you will need:

  • Butter: Completely softened to room temperature (not melted, or else it will not cream properly with the sugars)
  • Sugars: I use half granulated (white) sugar, half packed brown sugar, plus extra sugar for rolling the dough balls.
  • Molasses: I typically opt for “original” (versus dark) unsulphured molasses.
  • Eggs and baking soda: Two soft and chewy cookie staples.
  • Flour: I typically use all-purpose flour for this classic recipe, but white whole wheat flour can work too.
  • Spices: We will use a mixture of ground ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Feel free to tinker around with the spice proportions to taste.
  • Salt: To bring out all of those delicious flavors.

How To Make Molasses Cookies

How To Make Molasses Cookies:

To make these homemade molasses cookies, simply:

  1. Whisk together dry ingredients. Flour, soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars. Using a separate mixing bowl, either with a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugars on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy and a pale yellow color, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally as needed.
  3. Mix in the remaining wet and dry ingredients. Mix in the eggs (one at a time) and molasses, and beat on medium-low speed until each is combined. Gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture and beat until it is evenly incorporated.
  4. Chill the dough. Transfer the dough to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the dough is completely chilled. I know — the extra chilling time is substantial, and very tempting to skip. But this particular dough, with all of its butter and molasses, really does need a thorough chilling to prevent the cookies from spreading. Worth the wait, I promise. :)
  5. Preheat oven. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and set aside.
  6. Roll the dough balls. Once the dough is chilled and firm, roll the dough into small balls, about 1-inch in diameter. Fill a separate small bowl with sugar, and roll each ball in the sugar until it is completely coated. Place dough balls on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the cookies begin to slightly crack on top. (They will crack more while cooling.)  Remove from the oven and let cool for 4-5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  8. Serve. Serve warm and enjoy, or store in a sealed container for up to 4 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months.

Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe

Possible Variations:

Want to mix things up with your ginger cookies? Feel free to:

  • Add in extra ginger: I also really love adding some chopped crystallized ginger to these cookies for added ginger flavor and crunch.
  • Frost your cookies: A really light glaze is delicious atop these cookies. Or if you really want to go for it, cream cheese frosting is divine.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe

More Favorite Cookie Recipes:

Looking for more delicious cookie inspiration? Feel free to check out our full collection of cookie recipes, or any of these other favorite classic cookies:

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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 42-46 cookies 1x

Description

These Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies are easy to make, super-soft and chewy, and irresistibly delicious.  Feel free to halve this recipe if you would like a smaller batch!


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened to room temperature (not melted*)
  • 1 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups (639 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda*
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using a separate mixing bowl, either with a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugars on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy and a pale yellow color, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides occasionally as needed. Mix in the eggs (one at a time) and molasses, and beat on medium-low speed until each is combined. Gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture and beat until it is evenly incorporated.
  3. Transfer the dough to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the dough is completely chilled.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a sheet pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  5. Roll the dough into small balls, about 1-inch in diameter. Fill a separate small bowl with sugar, and roll each ball in the sugar until it is completely coated. Place dough balls on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the cookies begin to slightly crack on top.  (They will crack more while cooling.)  Remove from the oven and let cool for 4-5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy, or store in a sealed container for up to 4 days.  Or freeze for up to 3 months.


Notes

Baking soda amount: Because this question comes up occasionally in the comment section — yes, this amount is correct. The recipe needs 4 teaspoons of baking soda to rise properly.

 

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  1. This recipe is pretty decent, but when I tasted them at the end I got a strong bitter flavor of baking soda. The 4 tsp might be good for the rise but it kind of ruins the taste of them. Might try again with just 2 tsp.

  2. These cookies are delicious and were a hit for our Christmas Eve dinner. My family and waist watching friends couldn’t take just one! The only change I made was I used Crisco instead of butter, just because I needed to use it up. And, your suggestion of adding crystallized ginger was great! Baking for 9 minutes is perfect and provides a yummy softness. And you’re so right about the 4 tsp of baking soda.. they rose perfectly! Thank you !

  3. Incredible! Easy to follow recipe, but what’s even better is the final product: sweet but delicate, crisp but chewy, subtle but nuanced. This is my new favorite molasses cookie!

  4. I tried this recipe for the first time over the holidays and absolutely loved the. They are soft and chewy with a wonderful flavor. I brought them to our family gathering and they were gone very quickly. Everyone wanted to know what was in them and if they could have the recipe. Highly recommend if you like the flavor of ginger and molasses.

  5. HUGE HIT!! I added about 1/3 of a cup of finely minced crystallized ginger and they were perfect. So moist! They also roll out to good gingerbread men:)

  6. I tried these for the first time last night and I’ll use the rest of the chilled dough tonight to share with friends. These cookies turned out perfectly when I followed the directions closely. I weighed the flour instead of using cups, and I didn’t have powdered ginger, so I used a fresh knob I had laying around from when I made fried rice for lunch. Great recipe! They were chewy, cracked, and delicious.

  7. This recipe is bulletproof. I even changed some things, and it still came out perfect. They even started cracking on top like they are supposed to. I followed the recipe exactly, then I added 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, 1/2 cup of finely chopped fresh apple, and 1/2 cup of finely chopped walnut. The fruit adds a lot of moisture, so it takes longer to bake them, around 12 minutes. Also, I placed the dough balls directly on my baking pan. I did not use parchment paper. The fruit flavors blended perfectly with the spices.

  8. My husband is a cookie lover. I enjoy baking and then getting his input as to what he thinks of the recipe and what changes I can make to improve it.
    Molasses ginger cookies is one kind I hadn’t made until last night. After researching recipes I thought I’d start with yours. When he tried them this morning, his response was that he thinks they are perfect; the texture, spices and appearance! I won’t be making any other molasses ginger recipe!
    Thank you for sharing this, I’m sure I’ll be making them for years to come.

  9. I halved the recipe and they turned out amazing! I didn’t have any trouble with them not spreading or getting a crinkle top! I did add some more spice to them and I rolled them in cinnamon sugar.

  10. Quickly became my go to holiday cookie recipe! Works great as a vegan recipe using “flax egg” and veggie butter.

    • I made this as a gluten free cookie: subbed tapioca and brown rice flour mix for the regular flour, and left everything else the same. They’re probably a different texture/taste than the standard recipe, but we don’t know what we’re missing: we love them!!

  11. OMG just made these and I think they are my new favorite cookie! I love the spices and flavor so much! I baked for 8 mins and they are so gooey and delicious. A good contrast with the crunchy sugary edges.

  12. I’m not a baker and I’ve gotten rave reviews on these! I didn’t have ground cloves so I used 1/4 tsp ground cardamom instead. I also messed up and used only 1 1/4 cups butter. My grandfather has limited taste (about 30% remaining) from radiation and LOVED them.

  13. This recipe was actually really good! It’s a lot of dough so if you’re not making a batch for a whole town I suggest you cut it in half! Lol. I did cut down on the baking soda about a 1/2 tsp. And I added an extra tbsp of each spice. They came out perfect! I did Flatten them down a bit before baking as well. 10/10 recommend. If you find that your dough is really sticky and gooey after mixing I did put in fridge for about an hour and a half!

  14. These were some of the best ginger/molasses cookies I have ever made. Delicious and chewy!! Will definitely make these again.

  15. Delicious snack

  16. Love this recipe! Wondering why my cookies never look flat like the picture, they always stay thick.

    • It’s not you; the proportions are all wrong. That much flour with baking soda is going to give you a cakey, thick/puffy cookie. Reduce the flour to 3 cups, increase the molasses to 3/4 cup. (Reduce the baking soda proportionally.) That will give you a flatter, stickier, chewier cookie. If that’s too far the other way for you, try 3.6 cups of flour.
      Personal preference: increase all the spices by 50%. Maybe even double the ginger.

    • Rachel, 3 cups is too little. Use 3.5, keep the molasses at 1/2 cup. But, I would encourage you to increase the spices by 50%. Bake 9 min.

  17. NOT CHEWY. If you want soft, cakey cookies, this recipe is good. If you want chewy cookies with a little bit of “stick,” the proportions are all wrong. Use 3 cups of flour (not 4.5), and use 3/4 cup of molasses (not 1/2). Bake 8 min. That will change the texture.

    For more flavor, increase the spices. Double the ginger, and increase the cinnamon and cloves by 50%. Add 2 tsp vanilla to the eggs/molasses.

  18. We love these cookies. I am looking for the nutritional information. Can someone provide please?