Molasses Cookie Recipes

Bring back memories of grandma’s house with these sweet-and-spicy molasses cookie recipes. We’ll show you how to make ’em soft, with blackstrap molasses and even the old-fashioned Amish way!

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Orange Gingerbread Tassies

I make big Christmas cookie plates every year, and it’s fun to have something with a different shape to include. These have a delicious flavor with the gingerbread and orange, and they are really easy! The tassies are also yummy with lemon zest if you prefer that over the orange. You can decorate with some candied orange peel if you have it.
—Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, UT

Powered-Up Molasses Cookies

1 review

These tender cookies are so soft and flavorful. You'd never guess they're also lower in fat! —Jean Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin

Ugly Sweater Cookies

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ugly Sweater Cookies is how cute they are. Try these classic gingerbreads on for...

Ginger S’mores

I’ve spent a few years perfecting this recipe to get the cookie soft and full of flavor and to balance...


1 review

Friends and neighbors look for these old-time cookies on the goody trays I make for them every holiday. They're irresistible...

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Gingerbread Snow Globe

3 reviews

I make a big batch of these gingerbread cookies every Christmas to give to co-workers and family. For a festive...

Gingerbread Cookies with Lemon Frosting

4 reviews

When I spread these spicy gingerbread rounds with my lemony cream cheese frosting, I knew I had a hit. Cardamom...

Coffee-Glazed Molasses Cookies

4 reviews

I dreamed up these molasses cookies while sipping coffee and watching snow fall. The aroma from the baking cookies reaches...

Citrus Gingerbread Cookies

1 review

Orange and lemon zest give gingerbread cutouts a refreshing twist. Brushing a honey glaze over the top adds a subtle...

Jumbo Molasses Cookies

7 reviews

"These gigantic molasses cookies remind me of the ones my grandmother used to make," remembers Joan Stull of Titusville, Florida....

Spiced Molasses Doughnut Cookies

1 review

I don't know where this recipe came from, but my family has been making these cookies for four generations. I...

Chewy Ginger Cookies

12 reviews

These moist, delicious ginger cookies have an old-fashioned appeal that'll take you back to Grandma's kitchen. I'm never surprised when...

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Gingerbread Buddies

2 reviews

These cookies were ideal for a winter get-together I hosted. I like to share these crunchy treats on the way...

Jolly Ginger Reindeer Cookies

2 reviews

I made gingerbread cookies for years before realizing my gingerbread-man cutter becomes a reindeer when turned upside down. They’re super...

Triple Ginger Cookies

1 review

My dad loved ginger cookies. I tinkered with the recipe my grandma handed down by using fresh, ground and crystallized...

Swedish Gingerbread Cookies

5 reviews

Making Swedish pepparkakor—or gingerbread cookies—is a holiday tradition in our family. I entered these at the Iowa State Fair and...

Lemony Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

21 reviews

These spiced-just-right whoopie pies combine two popular flavors in one fun treat. The moist cookies are rolled in sugar before...

Grandma’s Christmas Spice Cutouts

2 reviews

My great-grandmother made these, and the tradition was passed down in the family—without a written recipe! My mother would always...

Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing

5 reviews

When it’s time to start the cookie-baking season, this recipe always kicks off the festivities. My mother-in-law first shared it...

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Cookie Jar Gingersnaps

48 reviews

My grandma kept two cookie jars in her pantry. One of the jars, which I now have, always had these...

Giant Spice Cookies

11 reviews

I heard this cookie recipe over the radio about 1950—shortly after my husband and I married. The big spicy treats...

Frosted Molasses Cookies

4 reviews

If my family knows I've baked these cookies, they're sure to gobble them up in a hurry.

Gingerbread Kisses

2 reviews

Whether you call them kisses or hugs, these cookies show nothing but love when served warm from the oven. They'er...

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Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts

5 reviews

Add a little snow hat (complete with a pompom) to a classic gingerbread shape to create adorable gingerbread Santas. —Christy...

Ginger Creme Sandwich Cookies

4 reviews

With a lemony filling, these spiced cookies go over big because they have old-fashioned, comfort-food appeal. Your party guests will...

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Spiced Toffee Cookies

I bake these cookies for family gatherings because my crowd likes cookies thin and chewy with a crispy exterior. The...

Joe Froggers

1 review

Large, soft and chewy, these cookies are made to munch. This classic recipe has a warm blend of spices that...

Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps

11 reviews

I discovered this recipe many years ago, and it's been a favorite among our family and friends ever since. Gingersnaps...

Triple-Ginger Gingersnaps

12 reviews

These crunchy treats feature fresh, ground and crystallized ginger, making them a bit more special than the traditional cookie. They...

Drizzled Gingerbread Biscotti

1 review

After stumbling across a community recipe for gingerbread biscotti, I made several batches and tweaked it to our tastes. These...

Oatmeal Molasses Crisps

13 reviews

When I found this recipe in an Amish cookbook, I had to try it. It’s traditional in regions with Amish...