Ginger Molasses Cookies

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Ginger Molasses Cookies

MMM… baked from scratch ginger molasses cookies. Featuring that perfectly baked crinkle and a soft, yet chewy, bite paired with that cup of tea or mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day.
I remember as a little girl that my grandfather had a huge penchant for ginger molasses cookies, and he definitely rubbed that off to me. Of course I love any cookies, but there’s something so underrated about a soft and chewy ginger molasses cookie.
To be honest, I usually haven’t had the time to bake my own cookies from scratch, but this year that changed (obviously!). I was a little daunted at the prospect, but these cookies are some of the best I’ve ever baked. And relatively easy, too.
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Delicious whether they’re warm just out of the oven or days later, the crystalized sugar on top adds the perfect hint of sweetness to each bite.
I’ll tell you, I’m a firm believe that the Silpat sillicone mat made all the difference when it came to baking these ginger molasses cookies. Due to their dark dough shade, I knew these guys would be tough to tell whether they were on the edge of perfect or burnt. But, the Silpat mat kept the bottoms of my cookies a perfect golden brown shade that would make Food Network judges clap with glee.
Make these for the holiday season or bookmark away for a day you’re craving a delicious, yet not ultra-sweet homemade cookie. You’ll be surprised how hard it’ll be to keep yourself from eating just one!
If you’re looking for other holiday-perfect sweets, check out my recipe for Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread or Soft & Chewy Butterscotch cookies.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Prep Time 1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins


  • 2¼ cups All-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp Baking soda
  • 2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1½ tsp Ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¾ cup Unsalted butter room temperature (softened)
  • ½ cup Brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup Coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup Unsulphured or Dark Molasses
  • 1 Egg room temperature
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Granulated or coarse sugar for rolling dough


  • Whisk dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt together in a bowl until combined. Set aside.
  • In a stand-up mixer or large bowl with a hand-held mixer, beat the butter and both sugars on medium to high speed until creamy and combined, utilizing paddle attachment. Should be about 2 minutes. Then add molasses and beat until combined. Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue to beat until combined.
  • Switch to low speed, slowly mixing the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. It's okay to take this at a slow pace, you want to make sure the dough is all combined. It'll be a slightly sticky texture.
  • Cover dough tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  • Remove cookie dough from fridge. If dough chilled in fridge for longer than an hour, let sit for 25-30 minutes. Dough that's cold will cause cookies to not spread in oven.
  • Spoon 1 tablespoon or so of dough into your hand and roll into a ball. Drop each ball into the granulated or coarse sugar until covered.
  • Place each ball of dough on cookie sheet about 3-3½ inches apart. Bake for 10-10½ minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack for cooling.


Should cookies not appear to crack or crinkle on tops, remove cookie sheet from oven and gently tap it against the counter 3-4 times. The movement will help the warm cookies spread and crack on top. Place back in oven for a minute before removing to cool.
And in case you’re on the hunt for more delicious cookies to add to your holiday baking list, you’re in luck. Today I’m part of a virtual Christmas cookie exchange with a handful of other bloggers. Head to my friend Angela’s blog, The Thrifty Pineapple to see her No-Bake Oreo Balls recipe. Yum!