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Easy Soft Molasses Cookies

Easy Soft Molasses Cookies are chewy in the center, crisp around the edges and slightly sweet with a hint of spice. An easy recipe for holiday baking!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword molasses cookies, soft molasses cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 84kcal
Author Dee
Cost $5


  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies (may use less)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar with electric mixer, then add the egg and molasses, and mix until fully combined
  • Mix in 1 cup of flour, then add remaining flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon.
  • Chill dough until slightly firm (about 5 minutes) If your kitchen is cool, and dough is firm, you can skip this
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfulls into granulated sugar, and roll until covered, then place on lined cookie sheet 
  • Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are slightly firm. Do not overbake
  • Remove from oven, add more sugar or colored sugar crystals, if desired. Transfer to wire baking rack or another surface until completely cool


Cookies may take between 8 to 12 minutes to bake, depending upon your oven. They are done when edges are slightly firm and tops are crackled.
If you want crispier molasses cookies, flatten slightly on cookie sheet and bake slightly longer.


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 48mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg