Giant Molasses Cookies
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
- 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 3/4 cup coarse sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in pecans.
- Shape into 2-in. balls and roll in coarse sugar. Place 2-1/2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 13-15 minutes or until tops are cracked. Remove to wire racks to cool.
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Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 310 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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Mar 7, 2019
Best cookie recipe that I have ever tried. Results are exactly as stated in the recipe. Great taste and texture. Dough was easy to handle. The tip about using 1/4 cup scoop to measure was exactly what this baking dunce needed to succeed. I feel like an accomplished baker! This recipe is a keeper.
Dec 22, 2018
I substitute. 1/2 cup candied ginger for the nuts. Really makes a difference.
Nov 26, 2018
Best recipe ever!
Nov 26, 2018
I've made these twice now and they have been a big hit. I read some of the reviews, especially the one from the author, Kristine Chayes, and I followed her advice. I didn't add nuts (I didn't miss them in the final product), I used a 1/4 cup scoop and I didn't refrigerate the dough before baking. My oven took 15 minutes and they were done perfectly. I ended up only putting 9 on a cookie sheet at a time instead of 12 so they didn't run together. This recipe is going on the list of Christmas treats to make.
Nov 20, 2018
If you only want to bake half the batch, should you freeze or refrigerate? Would be using within a week?
Oct 24, 2018
These came out perfect. No need to refrigerate the dough. If your cookies came out flat it could be due to the temperature of your butter or even the brand of butter you used. Cheap butter has water added and will cause the texture of baked cookies to change. It could also mean that maybe you are the great baker you thought you were.
Dec 21, 2017
I though I wouldn’t like these because I only like chocolate cookies but they tasted amazing!
Dec 7, 2017
Incredibly good cookies. Makes a large batch so perfect for having and giving. The cookies bake up so nicely with a crispy edge/bottom and a soft center. I read the note from Kristine and I agree that baking them at a lower temp will yield a less crispy bottom, but we loved the crispy/soft texture combo, so I’ll continue to bake at 400. My scoop is not quite as large as a 2” ball so my baking time will be 14 min. Great cookie-thanks for sharing Kristine.
Nov 29, 2017
I first made these last Christmas season. They were amazing, soft and delicious! I like the fact that the recipe makes a lot of cookies, I just put the dough in the fridge and baked them up fresh as "needed" (read: as wanted). Based on the demand by my wife and kids to have them again this year, it looks like have now become a tradition! In fact, I'm making a batch with the grand-kids this weekend.
Nov 29, 2017
These are the molasses cookies I've been searching for my whole life. They taste amazing and stay soft!!! Great dough right from the mixer. I just turned 47 on Sunday, so I've been looking for a while