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

Nutritional Facts

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


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, molasses and vanilla. Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and allspice; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, cream shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and ginger. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. Spread over cookies. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 7-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Molasses Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p16

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Ashaline 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 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 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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