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Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies

Our go to recipe for soft, fluffy molasses cookies. Seriously, best recipe ever. ohsweetbasil.com

There’s something so wonderful about the snow. It’s so white and clean falling from the sky. It looks soft and even when it’s blowing hard you somehow feel warm and safe, and even nostalgic. And then the next day it’s horrible. Or even that day if you have to run errands in it. Which is why I’ve chosen to stay home and eat soft and chewy molasses cookies. And I HIGHLY recommend you check out all of the cookies at the bottom of the post including white chocolate stuffed molasses cookies. They are a dream.

Our go to recipe for soft, fluffy molasses cookies. Seriously, best recipe ever. ohsweetbasil.com

Snow is only beautiful for a moment and then it becomes muddy and a nuisance. I know, I’m a grinch. And you’d think it was because I adore the sun or something, but I don’t love the sweltering heat either. Nope, I’m an inbetweener. Not a word, but it can be for today. I love the change in seasons, in fact I adore the change in seasons. I love the rain, especially at night. I love thunder storms and crisp fall air. I love the green spring and the relaxation of summer. But I don’t love any of that in extremes.

Our go to recipe for soft, fluffy molasses cookies. Seriously, best recipe ever. ohsweetbasil.com

I also don’t love heavy on the molasses and crunch cookies. I love soft pillows that make your house smell like Christmas and taste like warmth. Which is why, when 500 million other recipes exist out there for molasses cookies I’m choosing to post ours. Because it’s the best and that’s all there is to it. They use butter for flavor and shortening to keep them soft. They have a balanced amount of spices so they aren’t burning your throat as you swallow (yes, some molasses cookies are too strong). And yes, they do sit in the fridge which you know bugs me, but the chill allows the little crinkles on top to happen and the cookie to puff up when baking instead of the flat molasses cookie many stores carry.

Our go to recipe for soft, fluffy molasses cookies. Seriously, best recipe ever. ohsweetbasil.com

Can Molasses Replace Brown Sugar?

To make dark brown sugar, mix 1 cup of white sugar with ¼ cup of molasses, making sure to mix well.

Is Molasses Good For You?

Molasses is a good source of potassium.

Potassium has been shown to promote heart health.

Can Molasses Cookies Be Frozen?

Molasses cookies can be frozen.

For best results, place in single layer on cookie sheet and freeze.

Once frozen, place in airtight freezer bags and return to freezer for up to 6 months.

Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies

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Our go to recipe for soft, fluffy molasses cookies. Seriously, best recipe ever. ohsweetbasil.com

Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies

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Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 8 minutes
Servings: 32 cookies


  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted butter softened, or shortening
  • 3/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Molasses
  • 2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar for rolling


  • In a standing mixer add the butter, shortening and brown sugar and beat until smooth. add the egg and molasses and beat again until well incorporated.
  • in a separate bowl, mix together the flour, seasonings, salt and baking soda.
  • turn the mixer back on and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  • mix well and cover tightly with saran wrap.
  • refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
  • using a heaping tablespoon roll the dough in a bowl and roll in the sugar.
  • place on a baking sheet and either wrap with saran wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake or bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • allow to cool slightly and sprinkle with additional sugar if desired and enjoy!


store in an airtight container
Nutrition Facts
Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 111mg5%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 141IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Our go to recipe for soft, fluffy molasses cookies. Seriously, best recipe ever. ohsweetbasil.com

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • The molasses cookie recipe talks about shortening, but none is listed in the ingredients. I’ve put the butter in the bowl, now I’m flumuxed . Should I guess an amour, or skip it?

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    • Hi lisa, next to the butter in the recipe it says you can use shortening instead. Many readers felt upset we had used shortening so we just give two options now. 🙂

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  • All of these look so delicious and beautiful!
    For the soft and chewy molasses cookies, do you roll the dough balls in regular white sugar? All I see listed in the ingredients is the brown sugar for mixing. Can’t wait to try these, thanks!

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    • Yes! I’ve added it, thank you!

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