Holiday Traditions: Chewy Molasses Cookies

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  • December 10, 2018
molasses cookie recipe in bag

Do you have a favorite cookie? I do. I remember them from childhood at my Grandmother’s house. Molasses cookies. The chewy ones. Well, since Gram baked from the heart and left me no recipe, I had to create one. This was a seriously fun project to be on! Holiday Traditions: Chewy Molasses Cookies

After much trial and sort-of error, I have a molasses cookie recipe that I love. It’s so easy and is made with ingredients you have in your spice cabinet, especially this time of year. I use the Brer Rabbit brand of molasses. It has a mild flavor which I like in this recipe.Holiday Traditions: Chewy Molasses Cookies Brer Rabbit

Molasses Cookie Ingredients

When it comes to cinnamon, a spice I literally use every day, I like either of these two brands: Kirkland or King Arthur Flour. If you wonder what I do with cinnamon, here are a few suggestions: in oatmeal, on apples cooked or fresh or over sweet potatoes. 

Here’s an idea for you so you don’t eat the whole batch of chewy cookies yourself. No, I swear, I have not done it myself. Yet. If you are invited to someone’s house for the holidays, bring a decorative bag filled with cookies as a hostess gift. They travel and freeze well, too. If you want a Santa themed bag or a non-denominational option, these will help keep your cookies fresh. You could also make this popular Homemade Chocolate Covered Toffee found hereHoliday Traditions: Chewy Molasses Cookies

Finally, a tip for you so your cookies or baked goods don’t get hard. I put my cookies in a sealed container with a piece of fresh bread. Yes, bread. Here’s how you do it. Just place the bread on top of some plastic wrap and seal the container. The bread will keep the cookies moist and chewy. This works for brown sugar too. No more hard-as-a-rock sugar! Holiday Traditions: Chewy Molasses Cookies

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Happy Holidays!

molasses cookie recipe in bag

Chewy Molasses Cookies

Fragrant and full of flavor chewy molasses cookies.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate dough 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 2 cookie sheets


  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted, unsalted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, light
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup white sugar for rolling dough


  • Beat the egg. Add brown sugar and melted butter to beaten egg.
  • Stir in molasses.
  • Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt.
  • Combine with molasses mixture.
  • Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Roll chilled dough into balls and then into white sugar. Don't skip this step as it gives a nice sheen and balance to the cookies.
  • Bake for 8 - 10 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet until tops are cracked. The cookies may look uncooked at 10 minutes but they will finish cooking as they cool.
Keyword cookies, molasses



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