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The Best Molasses Cookies Recipe

This classic Molasses Cookies recipe makes soft, chewy, and delicious cookies - the perfect holiday treat. This recipe is a family favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best cookies, Christmas Cookies, Molasses Cookies
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 147kcal


  • cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • cups butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat shortening for 30 seconds. Add the 2 cups granulated sugar; beat until combined.
  • Beat in eggs and molasses until combined.
  • Beat in half of flour mixture. Stir in remaining flour mixture.
  • Shape dough into about 1 1/2 to 2 inch balls and roll in 2 Tablespoons sugar.
  • Place balls 2 1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are light brown and puffed. (Do not overbake or cookies will not be chewy.)
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.


To Store: Place in layers separated by waxed paper in airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.
You could also cut this recipe in half if you need less cookies.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg