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A stack of thick ginger molasses cookies with the top cookie broken in half.

Soft And Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

The softest, chewiest ginger molasses cookies. With brown sugar, molasses & lots of spices - this easy recipe is perfect for the holidays! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Cookies, Ginger Molasses Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chilling 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 134kcal


  • 2 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour spooned and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup white sugar or coarse sugar


  • In a large bowl sift together the flour, spices, baking soda & salt.
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Then beat in the molasses, vanilla extract and large egg.
  • Turn the mixer down to low speed and carefully add beat in the flour mixture about 1/2 at a time.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Pour the 1/3 cup sugar on a small plate. Form the dough into balls about 1 - 1.5 tablespoons in size, then roll each dough ball in the sugar.
  • Place the cookie dough balls 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet, and bake for about 8-10 minutes. Bake cookies on a middle rack, 1 tray at a time.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg