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Coffee-Glazed Molasses Cookies

I dreamed up these molasses cookies while sipping coffee and watching snow fall. The aroma from the baking cookies reaches all corners of the house. —Faith Ford, Big Lake, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in molasses, egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, spices and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Shape dough into rounded tablespoonfuls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to set. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, cream and coffee granules until blended; drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set.
  • Freeze option: Freeze shaped balls of dough on baking sheets until firm. Transfer to airtight containers; return to freezer. To use, roll balls in remaining sugar. Bake and decorate cookies as directed, increasing time by 1-2 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 106 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • bernerlover
    Aug 23, 2020

    the cookies were really good BUT way too sugary. Next time I'll not roll them in the sugar before baking. They were way too sweet (can't believe I'm saying that, lol as I love sweet stuff). The icing was good. My hubby liked them too but he also thought there was too much sugar and everybody at work always called him the cookie monster lol. I will definitely make them again only not roll in the sugar.

  • 650sw55ave
    Jun 22, 2019

    excellent choice for taking to get togethers. all these ingredients gives the cookies a tastes a lot like pumpkin pi

  • slye10001000
    May 25, 2018

    Oh, my goodness!!!!! These are AWESOME!

  • laurelosman
    Dec 1, 2016

    These sound like an unusual combination, but they are DELICIOUS! My family raved about this recipe and asks me to make them every Christmas!