Frosted Molasses Spice Cookies Recipe
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Frosted Molasses Spice Cookies Recipe

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“These frosted spice cookies are always picked first at the holiday bake sale,“ says Muriel Lerdal, a field editor from Humboldt, Iowa.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:90 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 90 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons 2% milk
  • Colored sprinkles, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 83 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 87mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, molasses and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well.
  2. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 7-9 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For frosting, beat butter, shortening and ginger until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and milk. Spread over cookies. If desired, decorate with sprinkles. Store in airtight containers. Yield: about 7-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Molasses Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p16

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Ashaline User ID: 1186991 207102
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"I wanted to add that be sure to double the frosting. You will not have enough if you don't!"

lisamaria728 User ID: 5393068 67459
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"I just ate one warm, and I am slightly disappointed. I expected more of a spice flavor. This recipe needs tweaking. Not enough spice flavor for a molasses cookie. I like the texture, but the flavor is lacking. I hope they are better with icing. Not sure I would bother making these unless I tweaked the recipe."

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 133203
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"These cookies are wonderful! They are so soft and have a great flavor. The frosting makes them extra special. They are one of my top 5 Christmas cookies for sure!"

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