Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

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

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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 1 cup granulated (white) sugar, and 1 cup packed brown sugar, plus extra sugar for rolling the dough balls.
  • Molasses: I typically opt for the “original” 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. Preheat oven.  I’ve lowered the oven temperature from the original recipe slightly (to 350°F) to reduce potential spreading with the cookies.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, and set aside.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients.  Flour, soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. :)
  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

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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened to room temperature (not melted*)
  • 1 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ½ cups (528 grams) all-purpose flour (I recommend weighing your flour for accuracy)
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  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 baking sheet 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.

This recipe was updated in November 2018 to include slightly more flour and ginger, and reduce the baking temperature.  I also now use a 50/50 mix of brown sugar and white granulated sugar, although you are welcome to use only white granulated sugar (2 cups) if you prefer.

For those asking, the original recipe only used 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 cups of granulated sugar (instead of the 50/50 brown sugar split), and they were baked at 375°F.  :)

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712 comments on “Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies”

  1. Ive made these cookies quite a few times. Definitely a family favorite.

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for sharing with us, Katelyn — we’re so happy you and your family love them!

  2. there’s far too much butter and sugar in this.
    half cup butter and three quarter cup sugar is ample otherwise it doesn’t work.

    • Hello Malou! We’ve tested this recipe a zillion times and have never found the cookies to have too much butter or sugar. They work out great for us every time! However, definitely feel free to use less if you prefer.

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  5. These are THE BEST molasses cookies I have ever made. They turn out exactly as stated and look just like the pictures on this blog. These are a family (and friend) favorite for sure. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    Rating: 5
    • Thank you, Patricia, we’re so happy you and your friends and family love them! :D

  6. I made them with gluten-free baking flour and they are awesome! I’m so tickled because gluten-free stuff can be hard to make.

    • That’s so cool, Jane! We’re so glad to hear they can be made gluten-free, and that you enjoyed them! :)

  7. Hi! These look great and I plan to try making them soon. I read in the comments that the butter is supposed to be unsalted, but the recipe doesn’t specify that, so you may want to change that in the original recipe. :-) When I come back to these I want to make sure I remember not to do salted butter…

  8. Do these cookies freeze well?

  9. These were PERFECT! NO I am not a robot…yes I am a REAL person and they were absolutely PERFECT! I posted pics to my Instagram and FB page. My son is so in love with me right now. And it makes a TON of cookies…I used a small ice cream scooper so they were all the exact same size. THANK YOU! I will be making these FOREVER

    Rating: 5
  10. this recipe is great. I made it for my family and friends and they absolutely loved it. you can substitute regular sugar for ungranulated cane sugar if you don’t want a sugar spike.

    Rating: 5
  11. Fabulously perfect!! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
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  13. Getting ready to make these again for my mom’s birthday: this year her 87th. They take her back to HER grandma’s cookies in the 1930’s. No fail recipe–really more delicious than I’d think a ginger cookie could be.

    Rating: 5
  14. Is 4 t. of soda right? Just seems like a lot. Sounds delicious though.

  15. Very good recipe for ginger cookies! I did find 375 degrees too hot, it browned them on the bottom a bit too much for my liking but my second batch at 350 degrees was perfect and no more than 10 mins and they looked just like the pictures. Oh and I only dipped the tops in the sugar since some people said they were pretty sweet. I used soft margarine and was a bit worried about the spreading issue but I did not flatten the dough after I put them on the cookie sheet and although they did flatten considerably in the oven they pretty much kept their shape but I left probably closer to 2 inches between cookies. Next time I may just try to put them back in fridge after scooping out on sheet as I’m sure this would help to keep the round shape better. Thank you so much for sharing, this one is a keeper!

    Rating: 4
  16. Most delicious cookies ever! Thank you so much for posting your recipe. I love baking in the fall, even though the temperature here in California’s in the high 80’s. I’ve always liked ginger cookies, but this is the first time I’ve attempted them from scratch. I ate 7 cookies last night and one this morning with my coffee. Going to the gym now.

    Rating: 5
  17. This is the recipe I’ve been looking for! The taste and texture is perfect. I did have a spreading problem on my first pan, but I was using parchment paper. I took the parchment off the next pan, and the cookies came out perfect! This recipe definitely needs to go directly on the pan.

    Rating: 5
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  19. I used to make these with my grandmother, she called them Lucky Pennies. I’ve misplaced the recipe card, so through searching I’ve found your recipe! They are fantastic and are just like my old recipe.
    These are great for school bake sales (no nuts) and make great gifts too.
    As a child we only got these cookies for St Patrick’s Day but I will make them for any reason now.
    Thank you!

    Rating: 4
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  21. This recipe brought back wonderful memories of my grandmother – she made wonderful cookies like these. Great recipe and did follow the directions on chilling the dough which did make more yummy cookies.

  22. Just delicious!! Super easy recipe..we put our dough in freezer to chill it faster..my 11 year can make these now!!! Yum

    Rating: 5
  23. This recipe is amazing! Even though I’m not the best baker, these turned out beautifully. The best part? It’s so easy! I’m never buying store-bought again! Your little tips about the butter temperature and chilling the dough helped!

    Not sure what Disappointed in Des Moines is talking about. I live in Kansas (almost the same elevation as Des Moines, just fyi). I think that one is user error!

    Rating: 5
  24. Thank you! I have made these twice. And each time, they have been PERFECT. Posted my photo on Pinterest. I found it to be a very forgiving recipe. Everything is ta room temperature before I start and I chilled my dough overnight. I rolled mine in sugar before baking. Crispy on the outside, chewy in the center and absolutely redolent of Fall flavors. These always go FAST.

    Rating: 5
  25. Great cookies. This is the second time I have made them. This time I increased the spices

    Rating: 5
  26. I made this recipe into mini cookies and now have almost 100 delicious bites of heaven. Yum! Amazing recipe…. AMAZING!

    Rating: 5
  27. I was given a very similar recipe from a friend’s mom. Her recipe calls for two teaspoons of vinegar. It’s great!

    Rating: 5
    • My friend also makes them with vegetable oil and they are great.. I can’t bring myself to use oil! I have also made them with crisco. They were perfect- a bit more crunchy. I would think if there is a problem, like the one negative comment, it might be the oven temp or adding baking powder instead of the soda.

  28. I found these cookies to be soft and chewy and full of flavor. I am going to make several more batches for Christmas gifts. Thanks

    Rating: 5
  29. Very easy to make.
    On my 2nd batch I added some cut up candied ginger.
    8 minutes worked for me. They were thin but did not spread out to much.
    still chewy and yummy!!

    Rating: 5
  30. These came out perfect! Buttery and spicy and soft. I froze the dough balls, rolled in sugar and then baked as directed.

    Rating: 5
  31. Well, I must admit these are fabulous cookies. Very tastier but a little rich. I will definitely put this recipe in the special cookie recipe box.

    Rating: 4
  32. Thank you so much, the absolute best molasses ginger cookies I’ve ever had. This recipe is definitely going in the recipe box ( I have the notecards too) .

    Rating: 5
  33. I recently made this cookie for a cookie exchange and it was a big hit! They were delicious! After reading reviews, I was afraid they would spread excessively and placed they a few inches apart. They did not spread much though and came out beautifully., as in the above photos. This recipe is definitely a keeper and will be my go-to ginger cookie recipe.

    Rating: 5
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  37. I’ve made these cookies twice before with AMAZING results. My colleagues at work continually ask me to make them again, so I’m back here finding the recipe! :)

    Is it possible to make-ahead the dough and freeze it for a couple days or does that noticeably reduce the outcome of the cookies? I have a holiday cookie exchange but due to my calendar would love to make the dough a few days beforehand and then just bake them the night before. If this is possible, how early should I take the dough out of the freezer to allow it to thaw enough to form individual cookies?

  38. I love these cookies. Always turn out. Thank you for such a delicious recipe.

    Rating: 5
  39. I let them sit in fridge for about 4 hours … also, added 1 tsp pepper after getting mixed up with another recipe, but they turned out GREAT!!

    Rating: 5
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  41. Just baked a batch and kept eating them. I had the brand name butter out at least 24 hrs, the dough in the fridge for over 2hrs,and but the dough back into the fridge between batches to roll or to bake. The last batch I thing was in the over for an extra minute which were the only puffy cookies. I’ll still be trying them again. yum,yum!…I also didn’t roll them in sugar_just dabbed one side. Made a few without extra sugar for my mom and still good.

    Rating: 4
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  43. I found this recipe last year and loved it so much I made them again this year. I made them with vegan (dairy free) butter replacement as my son has a dairy allergy and they are AMAZING (you honestly cannot tell the difference which is so nice for anyone with limitations due to an allergy). This recipe is one for the books!

    Rating: 5
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  47. These cookies are wonderful! I get asked to make these every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have used the original recipe though, not this updated one. Is 4 teaspoons of baking soda correct or a typo? I hate to mess with perfection, I think the original recipe is wonderful. I personally like to make the cookie dough,and using a small cookie scoop, form dough into balls and roll into sugar mixture. I refrigerate them in a container or Ziplock bag for an hour or over night, and then bake them well chilled. They don’t spread and stay nice and chewy.

  48. Hi, my cookies are turning out too cakey. I’m using white wheat flour…could this be the cause?

    Rating: 4
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