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Chewy Molasses Squares

This dessert is ideal for people who love the deep, rich flavor of molasses. Look for unsulfured, which has a purer sugarcane taste than sulfured molasses.Recipe from reader Sara Chylack of Duxbury, Mass.

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  • Yield: Makes 40
Chewy Molasses Squares

Source: Everyday Food, March 2011


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium-high until pale and fluffy, 4 minutes. With mixer on medium, add molasses and egg whites and beat until combined. With mixer on low, add flour mixture and beat until combined.

  2. Transfer batter to dish and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely in dish on a wire rack. Invert cake onto a cutting board and cut into 1 1/2-inch squares. To serve, toss in confectioners' sugar to coat.

Cook's Note

Store uncoated squares in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 3 days.

Reviews (2)

  • AdventuressHeart 26 Nov, 2012

    Not as chewy as I thought either, will make some adjustments to this recipe next time. Added 1/2 cup chopped pistachios this time and baked at 325, had to be on the higher end of baking time as the middle was not baking. Baked in a glass dish, thus the reason for reducing the baking temperature slightly.

    Best to slice in squares and seal in an air tight container to keep very moist and dust with powder sugar before serving.

    1 tsp of oil went into the recipe too as I coated the molasses cup

  • JamieKC 12 Oct, 2011

    Not as "chewy" as I had imagined, though very good nonetheless. More like a snack cake. Good molasses flavor and easy to make.

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