Soft Molasses Cookies Recipe

Molasses Cookies are a holiday staple around our house. This soft molasses cookies recipe is so chewy, with warm spices and a delicious molasses flavor. These are the perfect treat to fill your cookie jar!

molasses cookies on a cake plate

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Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies smell and taste like Christmas. Don’t be put off by the molasses; its mild flavor and smooth texture makes these cookies so soft and scrumptious! You’ll love the sugary outside and the tender, spicy inside. These soft molasses cookies are such a warm, comforting dessert for the holidays, or any day!

I used to think I didn’t like molasses (a childhood game of “guess the food while blindfolded” may have scarred me against molasses….ahem sisters!) until a dear friend baked me a batch several years ago. One bite of chewy, sweet, soft Molasses Cookies and everything I thought I knew about molasses changed forever. And now, this Molasses Cookie recipe is one of my all time favorites. I know you will love them!

These Molasses Cookies can be rolled in sugar before baking for a sweeter treat. Or leave the dough as is and bake. Either way, these beauties are sure to become a favorite!

Are Molasses Cookies the Same as Gingersnaps?

The key ingredient to both cookies is similar; both call for exactly the same amount of molasses. The big difference is in the texture. Molasses Cookies are soft and chewy, whereas gingersnaps are crisper and, well, snappier in texture.

What Kind of Molasses is Best for Molasses Cookies?

I generally use a lighter molasses in these cookies, but a dark, or “robust” molasses will enrich the flavor and color of the cookies. Steer clear of Blackstrap molasses for this recipe; the flavor is very intense and may overpower your spices.

three pictures of molasses cookie dough, rolled balls of dough and baked cookies on cookie sheets

Can I Make Molasses Cookies Without Shortening?

Shortening, along with the molasses is what gives these cookies their soft and chewy texture. You can use half shortening and half butter if you like the flavor better.

Can Molasses Cookies Be Frozen?

Absolutely! Some even prefer to eat them straight out of the freezer. Me, I love them fresh out of the oven with a tall glass of milk, but they freeze beautifully and will keep for up to three months. They’ll store on the counter nicely in an airtight container for up to five days.

soft molasses cookies on a cookie sheet

More Holiday Cookie Recipes

One of the best things about the holidays is the baking! Nothing better than grabbing an apron and whipping up something sweet and tasty in the kitchen, pulling out treasured recipes year after year. Check out a few of my favorite cookies:

molasses cookies in front of Santa figurines

Share a plate of these divine cookies with friends and neighbors this holiday season. Happy baking!

Check out the recipe card below for details on how to make these soft Molasses Cookies. Enjoy!

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