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Iced Molasses Cookie Recipe

Iced Molasses Cookies

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Iced Molasses Cookies

This week is going to be a little different than normal on here.  In anticipation of all of the holiday baking that’s getting underway, this week (Monday through Saturday) all of the new recipes will be cookie recipes – starting with this Iced Molasses Cookie Recipe.

Iced Molasses CookiesThese rich cookies are soft with chewy edges, and they’re absolutely delicious. These iced molasses cookies have a great balance of sweet molasses and brown sugar and warm spices.

Iced Molasses CookiesWe don’t buy many store-bought cookies, but we do like the Archway Iced Molasses Cookies. My daughter says that these cookies remind her of “the cookies from the store”.

They smell amazing, and they taste even better! For the icing, you can drizzle, dip the tops of the cookies in icing, or spoon a little onto the top of the cookie.

Iced Molasses Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 28 cookies
Author i heart eating



  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter at cool room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-4 teaspoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, butter, molasses, and egg until well-combined.
  3. Stir in remaining cookie ingredients.

  4. Scoop dough into 1 1/2-inch balls.
  5. Place dough about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes, or just until set. The cookies will still look a little wet in the cracks, but the tops and edges should be set.
  7. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
  9. Stir together powdered sugar and enough milk to make desired consistency.
  10. Drizzle or dip tops of cookies in icing.
  11. Let set before eating.

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  • Reply
    Michelle Rittler @ Taste As You Go
    December 15, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for allowing me to feature your cookies in my round-up of 60 Ultimate Cookie Exchange Recipes on Taste As You Go! Happy Holidays!

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    Joanne T Ferguson
    November 30, 2013 at 3:58 am

    G’day! Your cookies look terrific, true!
    Love your photograph and decorating too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Helene’s Christmas Cookie Collection 2013

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      November 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks so much!! =)

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    November 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I love molasses cookies! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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    November 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for this great recipe! I just shared your recipe on my blog featuring cookies for cookie swaps. I hope you don’t mind! : )

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      November 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you for sharing my work correctly! =)

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    November 15, 2013 at 7:47 am

    good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies

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      teresa sulyok
      November 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      plain simple but also most delish old fashioned butter scottish shortbread

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    November 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    These look delicious. My favorite Holiday cookie has always been the Peanut Butter ones with the choc kiss in the middle!

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    November 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    My favorite cookies for the holiday season are ginger snaps!

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    November 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Your cookies are just perfect, Kate. I would swear they were store-bought except your lovely glaze is prettier than anything I’ve seen in fancy bakeries. My husband would LOVE them!

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      November 13, 2013 at 6:59 am

      Thank you, Stacy! What a kind comment!! =)

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    November 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I just made molasses cookies over the weekend but didn’t ice them like you did. Tis the season!

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      November 13, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Absolutely is! It’s time for molasses cookies, gingersnaps, peppermint, and all of the winter flavors. =)

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    Kim C.
    November 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I love molasses…sooo good!!! My favorite cookie to make is my grandfather’s fig cookies!!

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      November 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Me too! Isn’t it great?! Anything made by a grandparent is hard to beat!

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    Mallory @ Total Noms
    November 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Love these beautiful cookies! They are the perfect flavor for the holidays. So happy to be joining you during #cookieweek!

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      November 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Thanks so much!! =)

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    Rebecca brooks
    November 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Oh my these look yummy! Can’t wait to make these this week!! I love making snowball cookies!

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      November 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks!! I hope you enjoy them! =)

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
    November 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    This icing looks perfect! Love it!

    • Reply
      November 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks!! =)

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    November 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I adore molasses cookies, but have never iced them before. Your drizzle is gorgeous…so I’ll be trying yours next!

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      November 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks so much, Liz!! =)

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    Joan B
    November 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Peanut Butter Star Cookies or Spritz!

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    Helene D'Souza
    November 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Another cookie recipe that is going into my cookie to make recipe box for christmas. =)

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      November 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Awesome! You can never have too many cookies recipes! =)

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    November 11, 2013 at 8:38 am

    mmmmmm I bet these are so chewy and full of that delicious, complex molasses flavor!

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      November 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Isn’t molasses great?! =)

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    November 11, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Molasses cookies are the ultimate chewy cookie in my opinion and yours look great with all the spices and the icing!

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      November 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Thanks so much!! =)

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    November 11, 2013 at 6:14 am

    I love Russian Tea Cakes with all that powdered sugar on them!

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    November 11, 2013 at 5:17 am

    i love making white chocolate macadamia cookies

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    November 11, 2013 at 1:44 am

    my favorite is Cherry Snowballs

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