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Molasses Crinkle Cookies Recipe

If you like your Molasses Crinkle Cookies perfectly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, then this Christmas Cookie recipe for you!

These Chewy Molasses Crinkle Cookies have been baked every Holiday Season for the past 20 years. In fact, I can’t imagine celebrating the holidays without several dozen of these chewy cookies baked and waiting to be enjoyed. They have easily been one of our family’s favorite cookies for quite a long time. In fact, these cookies are ‘required’ for our Christmas decorating day, the day after Thanksgiving.

Do you see those cracks? Those cracks tell you that your soft molasses cookies also have a crunchy exterior enveloping the interior chewy texture, the Gold Standard of Molasses Crinkle Cookies. In fact, I can easily call them the very best molasses cookies, ever.

They come together easily and can be mixed and formed into balls and then kept in the refrigerator until you are ready for fresh-from-the-oven heavenly Spiced Molasses Cookies. While we have several family favorites that get made every year, these Molasses Cookies are the perfect cookie that we all agree on.

If you like a more gingery, lighter, and crisper molasses cookie, then check out these Crisp Molasses Ginger Cookies.

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!

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Spiced Molasses Cookies

Spiced Molasses Cookies are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.
4.58 from 21 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Bake Time 8 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 23 minutes
Course Baking Recipes + Tips
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 215 kcal


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter at room temperature 3/4 cups
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar to roll dough in may need extra


  • Add butter, sugar, molasses, and egg to the bowl of an electric mixer
  • Beat well at medium-high speed until light and fluffy
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour with remaining dry ingredients
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until just blended
  • Chill dough, covered with plastic wrap, for at least one hour.
  • If you are not using parchment paper or a silicone sheet, then grease your cookie sheets.
  • Pour extra granulated sugar in a medium bowl.
  • Form 1" dough balls and roll in granulated sugar. I like using a 1 Tbsp cookie scoop to form the cookies.
  • Place 1" apart on prepared baking sheets, parchment paper, or Silpat.
  • Heat oven to 375°F and bake 8-10 minutes until set.
  • Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Once cool, store in an airtight container.


Serving: 2gCalories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 325mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15g
Keyword Christmas, cookies, holidays, Molasses
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These Molasses Crinkle Cookies are the perfect make-ahead cookie. I prepare two recipes, roll the cookies in granulated sugar and then freeze the cookie dough balls in a zip-lock bag or airtight container. Take the number of cookies that you want to bake out of the freezer and set them on your prepared cookie sheet. Let them come to room temperature before you bake them according to the recipe.

Using a cookie scoop to form the molasses crinkle cookies.

I highly recommend a cookie scoop (I use a 1 TB cookie scoop for these cookies…it’s the small one). It’s much quicker than rolling by hand and your hands don’t become caked in molasses cookie dough (unless you like molasses-cookie-dough-caked-hands, to each their own!!)

Looking for more Christmas cookie recipes? For another ‘old-fashioned cookie’ like these molasses crinkle cookies, check out my Grandma’s Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Cookies. For a fancier cookie, consider these Spiced Linzer Cookies with Pear Caramel Filling or these Mini Cranberry Curd Tarts. These Coconut Christmas Trees are so easy to make but are super adorable with powdered sugar ‘snow’ and edible gold stars. Another very easy-to-make cookie is this Amaretti Cookie.

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Spiced Molasses crinkle Cookies on a Tray

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      1. Just finished baking the molasses cookies. The apt smells heavenly. Cookies are yummy. Will put some in the gift boxes for friends
        Warm holiday hugs

  1. Hi Lynn!
    Molasses Sugar/Spice cookies were a big hit with our 3 year old grandson over Thanksgiving weekend. I made a recipe given to me by a friend, from the local newspaper, and it is almost exactly the same as yours in every way, except calling for 2 cups of flour. Hmmm………………….
    Happy December!
    P.S. almost done with my very first waffle washcloth and loving it.

    1. Oh Adele, I am so glad you saw that! It should be 2 cups! I swear I double checked that! UGH! I just corrected the recipe.
      And so glad the knitting is coming along well!

      Have a great day my friend.



  2. Dear Lynn,
    In our family we always put the ornaments on our Advent Christmas tree starting with December 1st and Santa was put on the tree on December 24th. The children understood that Santa came at midnight on the 24th/25th.
    Thanks for your website. I absolutely love every part of it.

    1. Oh Alice, it does seem that all these years hubby has been right and I have been wrong. Ugh! Now I just need to tell him…he will be so tickled!

      And thanks for your kind words about the blog. I really do love working on this little blog, but knowing that there are readers like you on the other end is the icing on the cake!



  3. Thank you for a great cookie recipe,it was just what I was looking for.my husband likes molasses and he will love your cookies.i can’t wait to surprise him and bake them!
    your weekly emails are always a treat and thank you so much.

    1. Aw thanks Jen! I hope your hubby loves them as much as mine does. And thanks for your kind words about my emails! I love working on this little blog of mine, but it is all the more enjoyable knowing that I have readers like you on the other end of my musings.

      Happy Baking my friend.



  4. Hi Lynn,

    I’ve been following you for a year now, and love everything you have offered! I love a good Ginger Snap cookie and will be making these today. Can you put some candied ginger nuggets in this, or would that change the consistency? Also, can the dough be frozen in the balls, and taken out as needed? That way I don’t over indulge! 😂

    1. Good morning Nan,

      First of all, thanks so much for being a reader of Nourish and Nestle! I love what I do, but it would be nearly as much fun without readers like you on the other end of my ramblings.

      As it relates to the cookies, these aren’t crisp and snappy like I think of Ginger Snaps. I just don’t want you to be disappointed. These have a slightly crisp exterior, but a most definitely soft and chewy interior. That said, I think some finely diced preserved ginger would be delicious! The cookies are pretty flat, so I would keep the ginger bits on the small side. And yes, we often freeze the cookies balls for fresh on demand molasses cookies throughout the season!

      If you like a more gingery, lighter, and crisper molasses cookie, then check out these Crisp Molasses Ginger Cookies.

      Happy Baking!


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