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.
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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, 0 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 User ID: 5652774 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 User ID: 7111430 238465
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Delicious chewy cookie! Perfect molasses cookie."

angela32 User ID: 3084463 235874
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"These are a fantastic cookie!"

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 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 User ID: 7124309 214960
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

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

valos3942 User ID: 6931846 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 User ID: 993350 206051
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"Definately will make again"

lklafferty User ID: 2612036 61727
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

"LOVE these cookies! Perfect every time!"

Ladyslipermn User ID: 5307700 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 User ID: 2880256 137742
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

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

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