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Frosted Molasses Spice Cookies

“These frosted spice cookies are always picked first at the holiday bake sale,“ says Muriel Lerdal, a field editor from Humboldt, Iowa.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 7-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons 2% milk
  • Colored sprinkles, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, molasses and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well.
  • Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 7-9 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  • For frosting, beat butter, shortening and ginger until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and milk. Spread over cookies. If desired, decorate with sprinkles. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 84 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • meaganteal
    Dec 15, 2017

    These are more of a gingerbread cookie, and not a spice cookie. The frosting is ok--I had to add more milk. I think I cream cheese frosting would have been better. These were gone pretty quickly at the holiday party. The cookie is very soft, which I really liked!

  • Ashaline
    Dec 12, 2012

    I wanted to add that be sure to double the frosting. You will not have enough if you don't!

  • lisamaria728
    Dec 24, 2011

    I just ate one warm, and I am slightly disappointed. I expected more of a spice flavor. This recipe needs tweaking. Not enough spice flavor for a molasses cookie. I like the texture, but the flavor is lacking. I hope they are better with icing. Not sure I would bother making these unless I tweaked the recipe.

  • Ashaline
    Dec 13, 2011

    These cookies are wonderful! They are so soft and have a great flavor. The frosting makes them extra special. They are one of my top 5 Christmas cookies for sure!