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Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies


The holidays wouldn't be complete without a jar of these spice cookies.

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  • Yield: Makes 36

Source: Everyday Food, December 2005


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.

  2. With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.

  3. Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.

  4. Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely.

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  • sofia_mayfield
    26 DEC, 2016
    I doubled this recipe to make for family members. We were under a time crunch and rushing. Although, these were the easiest of the three cookies to make. The cookies took only about 5-8 min. The ingredients were very basic, but they turned out wonderful. The cookies were full of spice and deliciously chewy. Although after a while, they did harden quite a bit, but that didn't bother me as much. I really recommend to new bakers and wants to try something new. Great recipe!!
  • dz227
    17 JAN, 2016
    Not only were the cookies delicious but making them was super easy! This recipe has been saved and will be used again and again!
  • mpg060598hotma
    20 OCT, 2015
    I followed the recipe perfectly however my cookies turned out slightly salty and they puffed up and became rock hard... Any idea what I did wrong?
  • MS10270700
    1 JAN, 2015
    A new favorite. Made them when another recipe didn't work out. Glad I did!! The person I made them for insisted I make them again when we had a cookie exchange for Christmas. Super easy and flavorful.
  • MS112593278
    7 DEC, 2014
    one of our go-to favs. use farmer's eggs, and they lend light, fluffiness to the middle. also, i add fresh (not dried) ground ginger. teaspoon? yummo! definitely give these the full 15 minutes of baking.
  • ellab
    4 DEC, 2014
    Has anyone tried this with margarine? There are dairy intolerant people in the family and I'm looking for a good dairy free molasses spice cookie recipe.
  • bethinnashua
    23 NOV, 2014
    Delicious! Made the recipe gluten free using Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix. I'll likely double the recipe next time.
  • Jess Taylor
    16 NOV, 2014
    I made these two Christmases ago as a gift for everyone in my rather large family. Last year I didn't and I had an aunt ask me why. These are so good I'm in the process of doing the math for 44 dozen right now (family, cookie exchange and kids' teachers and bus drivers). If I don't make these, people get angry, they're that good!
  • Teresa6
    20 FEB, 2014
    Chewy center and crisp outside are great. I made these for someone else but fell in love with them even though I would put myself in the chocolate cookie category. I spaced 3" apart and only cooked one sheet at a time as directed. The cookies were perfect each time. I also put dough in fridge between batches making it easier and less sticking when rolling the dough into balls. Enjoy.
  • NicoleA
    23 NOV, 2013
    These have been an all-time family favorite for years. However, we recently and to go gluten & dairy free (GFCF). So, this year I am going to try to make these GFCF and see how they turn out! Wish me luck & I will re-post with an update soon. Peace!