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Molasses Sugar Cookies

There's nothing really fancy about these cookies, but they're my husband's all-time favorite. He enjoys their chewy, comforting flavor and the childhood memories they bring back.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Additional sugar


  • In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugar and molasses. Add egg; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger; add to sugar mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in additional sugar. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until tops are cracked and edges are set. Cool for 2-3 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 143 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • mom2lauren
    Dec 15, 2019

    These are my youngest daughters favourite cookie. So easy to make as well!

  • dozer77
    Mar 30, 2018

    These are delicious.Just the right amount of spices.I did everything as written and wouldn't change a thing.I don't have to wait for Christmas to enjoy these cookies, I will make them year round.

  • TNbluffbaker
    Dec 13, 2017

    This is the same recipe that my mother used to make. The only difference is her recipe called for shortening rather than oil. Except for a live Christmas tree, nothing makes the house smell like Christmas as much as these cookies do!

  • Clare'sGirl
    Jan 2, 2016

    I make these often when I want a yummy alternative to the usual chocolate chip, oatmeal or peanut butter cookie recipe. They are easy to make and always turn out perfectly. I am not a fan of the cloves so I lessen the amount while adding a dash of nutmeg. I roll the balls of dough in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar as you do for snickerdoodles, so good. Great all year 'round, but a lovely inclusion to the Christmas cookie tray!

  • smile_e2003
    Nov 30, 2015

    Delicious chewy cookie! Perfect molasses cookie.

  • angela32
    Oct 29, 2015

    These are a fantastic cookie!

  • mamaknowsbest
    Mar 10, 2015

    What a cookie! We love molasses cookies, ginger snaps and sugar cookies. This is a beautiful partnering of all of them. Out of the oven they were soft and had the refined texture of a soft sugar cookie. A day later they had a little more snappiness of a ginger snap. Great taste. As a volunteer food editor for ToH I followed directions exactly. I was very worried the dough was too soft. However they ended up being perfect!

  • rllewis7
    Dec 15, 2014

    These cookies have a perfect balance of gingerbread flavor without being too strong or overpowering.

  • valos3942
    Mar 23, 2014

    These cookies turned out wonderful!! If you like/love the flavor of gingerbread, then you will absolutely love this cookie. I had many compliments on these when I made them and took them to a sporting event.

  • saralyn_06
    Sep 20, 2013

    Definately will make again