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Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies Recipe
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Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies Recipe

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These cookies are delicious served warm right from the oven! I usually make them around Christmastime or on cold snowy days here in the Midwest.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 180 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 201 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar. Blend in molasses and egg. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves; add to creamed mixture. Mix until well blended.
  2. Shape dough into 1-1/4-in. balls. Roll balls in remaining sugar. Place on greased baking sheets. Press flat with a fork. Bake at 350° about 10-12 minutes or until set. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies in Country Extra September 1991, p45

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Nice cookie. Delicate and yummy. I love this as my Mom is diabetic and it doesn't have a lot of sugar if you use a sugar substitute. She has been missing the taste of Molasses and now I have a way to provide it to her without upping her sugar. Thank you for sharing."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"These cookies were just that, soft and chewy. Unfortunately a little TOO soft and chewy. Too much butter I think. I love my molasses cookies soft, but these ones were so dense that they literally fell apart when I picked them up. I left them sit out on the counter all night and they were still just as soft and mushy the next day. I did the recipe just as given so I'm not certain why they turned out that way. Like I said, they tasted great! But were just to mushy to hold up."

Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"The recipe says soft and chewy. The first day they are but the next day (even in put in an air tight container) they are as hard as a rock and I baked them only 10 mins."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"don't know what happened, these cookies spread out way too much and looked nothing like the ones in the photo"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"My husband loves molasses cookies and has been wanting some for quite awhile. All I could find were molasses cookies that were not soft and chewy, but would come out crispy instead. These cookies are just what he has been wanting! I will be baking them again soon!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!"

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