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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Oct 27, 2019
Made exactly as recipe stated without nuts. These scream “delicious, old-fashioned cookie jar and bakery quality”! Extremely easy to make, fragrant, soft with slightly crisp edges.
Oct 25, 2019
Great cookie! Classic flavor and texture. Easy to assemble. Our family doesn’t add nuts and still great tasting. Use light molasses. Great for stacking on cookie platters or freezing. As a volunteer feild editor with Taste of Home magazine I enjoy making classic cookies with some new twists. These large cookies are a change from the standard small size!
Sep 29, 2019
I have a question. Can you freeze the cookie dough after you put them in balls?
Sep 7, 2019
Fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly (except for one small error on my part) and they came out just like I wanted … crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. We love them! I always measure my ingredients first, then proceed with the recipe, but this time I thought I would measure my dry ingredients while the sugar and butter were creaming together. It was then that I discovered I didn't have any ginger! How could that be?!? So, in a hurry and in a pinch, I substituted 3 teaspoons of Chinese 5 spice for the called for 4 teaspoons of ginger. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best and well, they turned out really, really good! Absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will be making it often during the upcoming fall and winter! Oh! I ended up with a little more than 3 dozen giant cookies. They're so big, and chewy, and crispy and buttery and spicy, that one is very filling. But … who am I kidding … I couldn't stop at one!
Sep 5, 2019
These are delicious but I gave the recipe 3 stars (average) because upon removing cookies from the oven they looked perfectly but once they cooled they were very flat..which was disappointing. I am an avid baker and had a fabulous recipe but it was lost in a “move” so I’ve tbeen trying to find a replacement. These have great flavor and I may try them again but will switch out my flour with a combination and definitely refrigerate overnight.
Jul 30, 2019
These are absolutely delicious. One of my hubby's favorites. A couple of tips I learned. Do not overbake them and allow them to cool a couple of minutes on the pan before you remove them to the cooling rack. Also store them in an airtight container and they will remain chewy and not get hard. These will disappear rapidly.
Jun 20, 2019
Blue ribbon at the county fair!
May 30, 2019
Go together easy and bake up wonderfully. I was exhausted and didn't roll them in sugar, just dropped by spoonful and they still turned out great. :)
Mar 29, 2019
I followed the recipe exactly except I used the suggestion of adding hand-chopped candied ginger instead of nuts. I rolled them in turbinado sugar, used a 2 Tbsp scoop, baked for 13 minutes at 350, and I got 3 dozen large cookies, crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. This is an easy delicious cookie and I'll make it again soon but probably with more molasses.
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.