Molasses Creams Recipe
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Molasses Creams Recipe

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This is one of my favorite cookie recipes - making these treats seems to put me in a holiday mood. Maybe it's the soft centers, or perhaps the spicy aroma of ginger and cloves. Whatever the case, a few Molasses Creams and a glass of milk or cup of warm tea always hit the spot!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup light molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 154 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Roll into walnut-sized balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets (do not flatten). Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until done (centers will be slightly soft).
  3. In a small bowl, beat the confectioner's sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Frost cookies while warm. Yield: about 8 dozen.
Originally published as Molasses Creams in Country Extra January 1994, p47

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"These turned out perfect. Next time I would double the frosting."

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"Love this recipe! Really easy, tastes delicious, makes a large quantity, and uses things that I always have on hand. I am going to make these again next week for a teacher appreciation lunch at my children's school. Really, really good!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"We have Alumni Board meetings at my Alma Mater 4 times a year. One of the members brings an assortment of homemade cookies to every meeting and passes them around..we all look forward to "Dave's Cookies". He apparently also makes them daily for the Nursery and Christmas tree farm he owns. They are all delicious, but one caught my attention. I asked him for the recipe and he immediately produced the Molasses Creams recipe from the TOH magazine. I couldnt wait to get home to try them, and they are a favorite at my bakery!

To PTuttle...I am sure your baking soda was probably the culprit. I've never had a problem making these. Also..ry using parchment paper on your cookie sheets..the cookies wont stick to it!"

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"These are my sister's favorite Christmas cookie!"

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"I made these cookies last Christmas and plan on baking them again this year. I found them to be very addictive. Will make more of the frosting. Let cool before frosting and storing. Smell like Christmas and melt in your mouth."

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