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Glazed Crisp Ginger Molasses Cookies Recipe

This Glazed Crisp Ginger Molasses Cookies recipe is an ideal addition to your cookie recipe list. If you need some inspiration for your ‘to-bake’ list, you’re in luck today my friend; these spicy and gingery cookies are also light and crisp.

This glazed Ginger Molasses Cookies recipe is the perfect combination of crisp and spicy and are easily a family favorite.

Fresh ginger, crystallized ginger and ginger powder really up the zing in these cookies.

And while I can go months without a glass of milk, in my book milk goes hand in hand with these glazed molasses ginger crisp cookies (sorry to my lactose-intolerant friends)

Glazed Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe: half-eaten glazed cookie next to a glass of milk

My mom found this molasses cookie recipe on Martha Stewart’s website and has been making it ever since. And since I’m not one to recreate the wheel, I’m including Martha’s recipe. My only ‘change’ to the recipe is the very simple glaze that I drizzle over the cookies when they are cool.

Glazed Ginger Molasses Cookies recipe: perfect for holiday gifts - cookies wrapped for gifting

Now, before you start making these, I want to tell you one of my favorite useful lifehacks. Before measuring the molasses, coat your measuring spoon with oil which will make the molasses slide right out without leaving any residue on the spoon!

Recipe for Glazed Crisp Ginger Molasses Cookies and links to 6 more Holiday and Christmas Cookie Recipes, just in time to plan your baking!

Glazed Ginger Molasses Cookies

Martha Stewart
This Glazed Crisp Ginger Molasses Cookies recipe is perfect for your Christmas Cookie Recipes lists - just in time to plan your holiday baking!
4.60 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Course Baking Recipes + Tips
Cuisine American
Servings 8 dozen
Calories 47 kcal


  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter 16 tablespoons, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 cup coarse sanding sugar


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TB + milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk flour, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt.
  • Beat butter and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and egg yolk, then the grated and crystallized gingers. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the molasses. Beat until well combined.
  • Shape teaspoons of dough into balls, and roll in sanding sugar. Space 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake until cookies are flattened and edges are dark golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  • When cookies are completely cool, drizzle with glaze.
  • Cookies can be stored in airtight containers for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month.


  • Mix ingredients. If it's too thick add milk in 1/8 teaspoon milk until the consistency of thick cream.


Serving: 1gCalories: 47kcalCarbohydrates: 7gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 32mgSugar: 7g
Keyword cookies, Ginger, Molasses, recipe
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Recipe for Glazed Crisp Ginger Molasses Cookies and links to 6 more Holiday and Christmas Cookie Recipes, just in time to plan your baking!

My mom also notes that the ginger molasses cookies ‘freeze well’, but…we’ve never gotten around to freezing them. I mean…who does that anyway?

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Recipe for Glazed Crisp Ginger Molasses Cookies and links to 6 more Holiday and Christmas Cookie Recipes, just in time to plan your baking!

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  1. Hi Lynn,

    Your ginger molasses cookies look amazing and I can’t wait to try this yummy recipe!!! Thank you for sharing! Beautiful pictures by the way!!!

    1. Hey Tammy, they really are tasty morsels! They disappear quite quickly in our home. I hope you enjoy them and thanks for the compliment.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. My husband is all about anything ginger around the holidays, so I think he would love these! They look awesome! I pinned these to my board yummy food! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  3. These look so pretty, and the recipe sounds delicious. I’m glad you mentioned the movie. I had forgotten how funny it is. We will watch it soon because my son loves comedies.

    1. Hi Sherry, your son will love the movie…my son does…well we all do! And I hope you enjoy the cookies…they are so delicious.

      Hugs to you my friend.


  4. Your photos are always so beautiful Lynn! These cookies sound and look like they’d be a hit over here, cause we love ginger! I definitely want to put them on my list! I can smell the ginger all the way over here, I swear! yum!

  5. I love ginger cookies and have some candied ginger root that I have been saving for just such an occasion. They don’t have chocolate so they can’t be the favorite Christmas cookie for the rest of the family, but they certainly can be for me! Thanks to you and ‘Mom’ for finding the recipe – I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Hi Penny…oh, you must make those cookies! They are so fantastic. I have my ingredients but haven’t found the time to bake them yet. I do need to do it soon though!

      Happy baking my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

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