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

These Spiced Molasses Cookies have been baked every Christmas for the past 20 years. In fact, I can’t imagine celebrating the holidays without several dozen of these treats baked and waiting to be enjoyed.

Do you see those cracks? Those cracks tell you that your Molasses cookie has a crisp, crunchy exterior enveloping the chewy molasses interior, also known as Molasses Cookie Perfection.

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 one that we all agree on.

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

Spiced Molasses Cookies

Spiced Molasses Cookies

Yield: 36
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Refrigerated Time: 1 hour
Bake Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 23 minutes

Spiced Molasses Cookies are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.


  • 1 1/2 sticks softened butter (3/4 cups)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Extra granulated sugar to roll dough in


  1. Add butter, sugar, molasses, and egg to bowl of a mixer
  2. Beat well until light and fluffy
  3. Combine flour with remaining dry ingredients
  4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until blended
  5. Chill dough for at least one hour
  6. Form 1" balls and roll in granulated sugar
  7. Place 1" apart on a greased cookie sheet, parchment paper or Silpat
  8. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes until set
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

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  1. Cherryl Ehlenburg

    December 2, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    These remind me of the gingersnaps my mom used to make. It brings back memories!

    • lynn

      December 4, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Oh, I love gingersnaps too! I’m an equal opportunity cookie snacker!

  2. Adele

    December 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    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.

    • lynn

      December 4, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      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.



  3. Kathleen

    December 2, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Ooh Lynn, these look so delicious! I am a sucker for a chewy molasses cookie!

    • lynn

      December 4, 2019 at 7:14 pm

      You and me both! Can’t beat a good molasses cookie!

  4. Alice Greenleaf

    December 3, 2019 at 9:29 am

    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.

    • lynn

      December 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      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!



  5. Jen Johnson

    December 3, 2019 at 9:32 am

    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.

    • lynn

      December 4, 2019 at 7:07 pm

      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.



  6. Cathie

    December 3, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe for molasses cookies. They are my favorite, the bigger the better.

    • lynn

      December 4, 2019 at 7:03 pm

      Oh Cathie, we do love these molasses cookies and hope you do as well!

      Happy Baking my friend.




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