Powered-Up Molasses Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: Aug. 21, 2022
These tender cookies are so soft and flavorful. You'd never guess they're also lower in fat! —Jean Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin
Powered-Up Molasses Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, beat 2/3 cup sugar and sunflower oil until blended. Beat in egg, then molasses. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves; gradually beat into sugar mixture.
  2. Combine confectioners' sugar and remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until edges are firm, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 110 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.