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Molasses Cookies

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Soft and chewy molasses cookies are the perfect old-fashioned recipe for the holiday season.

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe since last week. However, I’m pretty much behind on life. I’ll be quite honest with you, this whole pregnancy thing is kind of kicking my butt in the third trimester. I feel and look like a Weeble Wobble. My hands pretty much resemble baseball mitts and my feet – well, I won’t even elaborate on those bad boys, because it’s too sad to put into words.


Christmas will be here before we know it, so I decided to start my holiday baking a little early this year. First up on my list are soft and chewy molasses cookies. There’s just something about that crunchy sugar coating and old-fashioned flavor that makes me swoon year after year.

Not only are Molasses Cookies incredibly delicious, I had a hunch they’d look pretty amazing on the My Baking Addiction Limited Edition Cookie Sheets made by 360 Bakeware. The cookies sheets are available for a limited time and in my opinion, they’re perfect for the cookie baker in your life. You can read all about my collaboration with 360 Bakeware and the My Baking Addiction Limited Edition Cookie Sheets here.

Yes, I’ll admit that the pans are more money than what you’d spend at your local Target. But I must tell you, with a lifetime guarantee and outstanding performance in tray after tray of cookies? Worth every penny. Any avid baker will tell you, the best tools are worth it. Never having unevenly baked cookies again? Priceless.
What are you baking up for your holiday cookie trays? I’d love to know!


Molasses Cookies


3/4 cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup sugar, for rolling cookies before baking


1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine melted butter, brown sugar, and egg until smooth. Mix in molasses and vanilla extract.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until combined. Cover and chill dough for about 2 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a medium cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons), scoop dough and roll into balls. Roll dough balls into sugar and place them onto prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire wrack to cool completely.


Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Katie T

Sunday 25th of November 2018

My fam loves these cookies! They also freeze really well so I love to make them ahead of time and pop them in the freezer. 


Sunday 25th of November 2018

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies, Katie! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie


Wednesday 18th of February 2015

Snow on the ground and kids home from school made the perfect recipe to try this recipe! A couple small changes due to what was in my pantry...I used dark brown sugar and sorghum in place of molasses. I didn't think my kids would go for these cookies if I told them what was in we called them "Little House Cookies" because they LOVE Little House on the Praire and they loved the cookies, too!


Thursday 19th of February 2015

Cynthia- I love your clever name for these cookies. So glad your family enjoyed them. Thanks for visiting.



Monday 27th of January 2014

Did you use blackstrap molasses?


Saturday 15th of February 2014

Jo- I used Grandma's Molasses - here is a link: -Jamie


Tuesday 7th of January 2014

So I made the cookies today and they look perfect! I used my middle size scoop as was recommended but I only got 22 cookies. They are large so I think I'll use my smaller scoop next time but double the recipe. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.


Monday 6th of January 2014

Molasses are my absolute favorite cookie, anytime. We have a "wind chill-day" here in NY so there's no school and I think I'll make these.


Tuesday 7th of January 2014


No school here in Ohio today either! Please stop back and let us know your experience with the recipe! Have a wonderful "snow day" and thanks so much for following MBA!


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