Molasses Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Molasses Sugar Cookies Recipe

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There's nothing really fancy about these cookies, but they're my husband's all-time favorite. He enjoys their chewy, comforting flavor and the childhood memories they bring back.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Additional sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 143 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugar and molasses. Add egg; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger; add to sugar mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in additional sugar. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until tops are cracked and edges are set. Cool for 2-3 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Molasses Sugar Cookies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2003, p45

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Clare'sGirl 240876
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"I make these often when I want a yummy alternative to the usual chocolate chip, oatmeal or peanut butter cookie recipe. They are easy to make and always turn out perfectly. I am not a fan of the cloves so I lessen the amount while adding a dash of nutmeg. I roll the balls of dough in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar as you do for snickerdoodles, so good. Great all year 'round, but a lovely inclusion to the Christmas cookie tray!"

smile_e2003 238465
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Delicious chewy cookie! Perfect molasses cookie."

angela32 235874
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"These are a fantastic cookie!"

mamaknowsbest 222459
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015 Edited Mar. 11, 2015

"What a cookie! We love molasses cookies, ginger snaps and sugar cookies. This is a beautiful partnering of all of them. Out of the oven they were soft and had the refined texture of a soft sugar cookie. A day later they had a little more snappiness of a ginger snap. Great taste. As a volunteer food editor for ToH I followed directions exactly. I was very worried the dough was too soft. However they ended up being perfect!"

rllewis7 214960
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"These cookies have a perfect balance of gingerbread flavor without being too strong or overpowering."

valos3942 80835
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"These cookies turned out wonderful!! If you like/love the flavor of gingerbread, then you will absolutely love this cookie. I had many compliments on these when I made them and took them to a sporting event."

saralyn_06 206051
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"Definately will make again"

lklafferty 61727
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

"LOVE these cookies! Perfect every time!"

Ladyslipermn 112731
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"This were really good,easy to make.I would give it 10 stars if I could. Everyone loved them."

jmkasprak 137742
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"These cookies came out just like in the photograph. They have the perfect molasses flavor."

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