Best Molasses Cookies! These soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies don’t need to be chilled before baking. Perfect Christmas cookie recipe!
Out of all of the seasonal winter flavors, gingerbread is my favorite. I love the combination of the molasses and the warm spices in gingerbread.
My mom made gingerbread and molasses cookies around Christmas each year, and the smell of the gingerbread always takes me back.
And these really are the best molasses cookies! I make this recipe every year.
The cookies are soft in the middle with just a little chew at the edges, and the dough doesn’t need to be chilled before baking, so it’s as quick and easy as it is tasty.
How to make molasses cookies
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325F.
Step 2: In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, butter, molasses, and egg until well-combined.
Step 3: Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar.
Step 4: Shape dough by rounded tablespoonfuls into 1 ½-inch balls. Dip tops into granulated sugar.
Step 5: On ungreased cookie sheet, place balls, sugared sides up, about 2 inches apart.
Step 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. The cookies will also be a little puffed up but will deflate as they cool.
Step 7: Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, and then remove cookies to cooling rack.
- You’ll need the butter to be at the correct temperature. Cool room temperature means that the butter is about 68F. It should be soft enough to dent when you press on it, but the stick of butter should still keep its shape.
- If the butter smooshes when you press on it, it’s too warm. Using butter that’s too warm will cause the cookies to bake out and give you flat, greasy cookies.
I recommend using either mild or robust molasses. Blackstrap molasses will give the cookies a bitter flavor.
This dough doesn’t need to be chilled. However, if your butter, or your kitchen, is too warm, you may find that a quick chill in the fridge gives you thicker cookies.
Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will keep for about 3-4 days.
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Best Molasses Cookies
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup butter at cool room temperature¹
- 1/4 cup molasses²
- 1 large egg
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt³
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening, butter, molasses, and egg until well-combined.
- Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar.
- Shape dough by rounded tablespoonfuls into 1 1/2-inch balls. Dip tops into granulated sugar.
- On ungreased cookie sheet, place balls, sugared sides up, about 2 inches apart.
- 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. The cookies will also be a little puffed up but will deflate as they cool.
- Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, and then remove cookies to cooling rack.
- The butter should dent when you press on it but shouldn’t lose its shape. If the butter smooshes when you press on it, it’s too warm.
- Mild or robust molasses will work. I don’t recommend blackstrap molasses as it has a bitter flavor.
- Or 1/4 teaspoon of table salt.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
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Originally published 12/5/16. Updated with new photos and tips 11/26/18.
Adapted from Betty Crocker.
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Comments & Reviews
Lori Wooden says
Very good! I was able to use my father in laws home grown molasses to make these. Sure wish he was here to enjoy them!
How nice that you could incorporate something so special!
It was unanimous, we all loved these molasses cookies.
This is my favorite molasses cookie recipe. It turns out perfect every time.
Thank you so much!!
My fav !
Denise Noble says
Can you use all butter in place of the shortening?
Hi! Using all butter will cause the cookies to bake out more.
These are great Christmas cookies. We loved them.
Yay!! I’m so glad to hear that. Thank you for commenting!
Absolutely perfect!! We’ve been on the quest for a favorite molasses cookie & this one wins hands down. The combo of butter & shortening is brilliant. Thank you so much for posting!
Thank you so much! This is my favorite molasses cookie, and I love to hear that other people are enjoying it too. =) Thank you for coming back to comment!
These are my new fave cookies! This is the easiest recipe and the cookies are so soft.
Thanks! My family loves these cookies, and it’s great to hear that other people are enjoying them, too. =)
Great cookie! We’ll eat this one year round.
Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats says
I love that these are soft!! I definitely need to make these ??