Rating: 3.81 stars
741 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 252
  • 4 star values: 232
  • 3 star values: 155
  • 2 star values: 70
  • 1 star values: 32

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

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

Reviews (80)

741 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 252
  • 4 star values: 232
  • 3 star values: 155
  • 2 star values: 70
  • 1 star values: 32
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2018
Loved this recipe! Cookies came out perfectly when I took them out after 10 minutes.
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2018
This recipe always gets compliments from all ages, including grandkids.
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2018
The perfect cookie, just made a double batch, increased the cinnamon to a heaping spoonful ditto the nutmeg. I think I make them too big, not as many as stated, but perfect anyway... can you make cookies too big??
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2017
These are the best cookies! Slightly crunchy around the edges and soft in the middle. Every time we make these cookies we are asked for the recipe.
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2017
Very good cookies! I intend to make these again. The texture is dead-on for what I expect from a molasses cookie: uniformly thin with light crispiness to the edges and bottom while remaining dense and chewy in the center. These spread into nearly perfect circles with a wonderfully crackled top while baking. The flavor is very buttery, mildly spicy, and sweet with an ever-so-faintly salty counterpoint to the sweetness. For my personal tastes, however, I prefer a more intense spiciness. In my next batch I will certainly punch up the spices (likely doubling) and will maybe add some ginger.
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2016
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!!
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Rating: Unrated
01/17/2016
Not only were the cookies delicious but making them was super easy! This recipe has been saved and will be used again and again!
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10/20/2015
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?
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2015
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.
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2014
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.
Rating: Unrated
12/04/2014
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.
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11/23/2014
Delicious! Made the recipe gluten free using Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix. I'll likely double the recipe next time.
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11/16/2014
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!
Rating: Unrated
02/20/2014
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.
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2013
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!
Rating: Unrated
10/27/2013
These are SO good! Exactly what you need in a cookie, a good crunch on the outside and soft in the middle. I didn't have enough sugar so didn't coat mine but I don't think that mattered. It's not that easy to find molasses in the UK so I dissolved a little dark brown sugar in hot water and that worked a treat. Will be making these over and over I'm sure.
Rating: Unrated
09/29/2013
Just made this for the first time and it will definitely be made on a regular basis. I replaced the butter with coconut oil (at room temp.) and next time I make them, I will halve the salt. Thank you for a great winter cookie recipe, absolutely delicious.
Rating: Unrated
06/12/2013
My husband and I had got to talking about molasses. He suddenly remembered how much he missed molasses cookies that his mother used to make. Upon searching the web we found this recipe. I just finished baking them! OH MY GOSH! This couldn't be a more perfect cookie. I did pull them out right at 10 mins to keep the chewy....Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Rating: Unrated
04/10/2013
Just made these. Could not be simpler or better. Used a 4 tablespoon ice cream scooper. Under baked - pulled at 10 mins. Cooled until firm.Used 2 rotating sheets.Sandwiched one scoop of premium vanilla between two cookies. I'll try pumpkin ice cream in fall. Cookie recipe is a keeper. Worth your time/effort...really!
Rating: Unrated
12/27/2012
Yum Yum Yum!!!!!!!
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12/08/2012
This recipe is a favorite in my family and at my office. Set a plate of these cookies out and they will disappear in the blink of an eye!
Rating: Unrated
11/26/2012
A new family fave! I made them exactly per the recipe with the exception of making them a little larger. Superb! A little chewy in the center and crispy on the edges.
Rating: Unrated
11/21/2012
Delicious! Very sweet with that nice molasses undertone...I have facebooked and pinned it! Keeper!
Rating: Unrated
10/04/2012
I have used this recipe for the last 3 years. Love IT!...
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09/06/2012
Made this recipe exactly as is, and the cookies were wonderful. Not sure why it didn't work for others, but these cookies are delicious, and they are going in my holiday cookie file.
Rating: Unrated
12/22/2011
My first attempt at baking this cookie was very disappointing. I won't use this recipe again. It was not sweet enough to be added to my Christmas cookie swap!
Rating: Unrated
12/11/2011
Just took a test batch out of the oven. These are excellent!! I replaced the white sugar with light brown sugar. I also ground up crystallized ginger in the blender and placed in the center of each cookie, then rolled in red and green sugars. Baked at 350 for 5 minutes and rotated the tray. Baked another 4 minutes, they were starting to get really brown. Let them rest for 5 minutes. My husband really loved them. Not too sweet, but really tasty!!
Rating: Unrated
12/11/2011
I have been making these cookies for the past couple of years. These are a Christmas staple in my home.
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12/09/2011
I just finished baking the last batch of these cookies. They are wonderful with a cup of tea or coffee. The whole house smells good too!
Rating: Unrated
10/23/2011
These are, without a doubt, among the sexiest cookies I've ever tasted. I added a few more spices: 1/2 tsp cardamom, generous 1/4 tsp of cloves, and 1/4 tsp of cayenne (but I couldn't taste it. Another reader added a full tsp and that seems the perfect amount for some heat). Be sure to use fresh grated nutmeg and blackstrap molasses for the best flavor. You might as well just make a double batch because you'll miss these cookies when they're gone!
Rating: Unrated
08/01/2011
These are amazing cookies!! Easily the best cookies I have ever made. My family enjoyed these cookies more than any other cookies I have ever made, and I've made a lot of cookies!
Rating: Unrated
02/18/2011
Awesome! Smells heavenly baking in the oven. I used colored sugar to make them pretty. I made these for a dinner party and also sent some to a nephew in college. Happy faces, thumbs up, all around. I followed the recipe, kept my dough cold between baking...this is one crowd pleasing cookie. A perfect cookie.
Rating: Unrated
01/16/2011
Thanks sararin and edark for the extra details on an awesome cookie! These are so great - everyone loves them! Here are my tricks to add to yours. I used 1/2 brown sugar for the sugar that gets creamed. I also added one teaspoon of ginger, and 1/2 tsp of allspice-the ginger rocks it! I bake them 14 minutes at first, and the later sheets for 13 (when the oven is hot and moist from baking),,,that extra minute or two really brings out the ginger and still chewy middle, crispy edge. Enjoy!
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12/26/2010
These are the BEST cookies I have ever tasted! I don't even like molasses and these are amazing! My whole family loves them and I give them out all the time. Awesome recipe.
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12/23/2010
I love this recipe! Try substituting 1/2 a cup of organic brown sugar for regular and it taste just as good.
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12/22/2010
I used a sm. cookie scoop to measure then rolled in sugar and baked for 14 minutes-crispy edge soft center. they taste great the whole family loved them. the molasses flavor isn't strong
Rating: Unrated
12/19/2010
Overall, the flavor of these cookies is amazing. However, you really need to watch the size of balls that you make as I learned the hard way. Mine spread so thin that they pretty much all crumbled as I tried to put them on the cooling racks. Disappointing, but I'm willing to give this recipe another try.
Rating: Unrated
12/18/2010
I saw Martha S. make these on her show and they didn't look like the picture and when I made them they looked like the ones Martha made. If you follow the recipe they turn out much smaller and thicker which helps with the chewiness. Martha advices switching the cookie tray half-way through the baking time to help get the crackling more even. They are easy to make and a big hit with my family!
Rating: Unrated
12/17/2010
I followed the recipe as written except I added 1/2t ground ginger. They turned out perfectly at 11 minutes at 350 degrees. I used my regular bake setting instead of the convection bake setting on my oven. I didn't have to chill the dough at all. It was a little soft, but didn't stick to my hands. This will be a regular favorite cookie of mine for sure. Thanks for the recipe.
Rating: Unrated
12/17/2010
If you don't want the cookies to spread out so much, use 1/2 cup Butter Crisco and 1/4 cup butter. Chill the dough then scoop (or pinch) and roll into balls. Chilling the dough will develop the flavors and it will be firmer when you are rolling it. I like to roll the dough balls in turbinado sugar before baking so the cookies have some crunch and sparkle to them.
Rating: Unrated
12/15/2010
These cookies have become my new signature Holiday Cookie! Everyone looks forward to them! I make several batches and freeze the dough to have it on hand! This year I want to try to use a cookie stamp in a holiday theme to see how they come out! Best cookie ever!
Rating: Unrated
12/14/2010
These cookies are truly amazing - just the right spicyness, crispy outside and yummy chewyness inside - perfect combination of texture and flavor. I covered the cookies in turbinado sugar - looked very pretty
Rating: Unrated
12/13/2010
I try not to bake these cookies too often. This is the ONLY cookie I make that I can not stop after 1 cookie. They are chewey but you do have to watch the baking time. I will try the 11 minutes. Christmas is one of the times I give in and make these. Everyone who eats these compliments me. They really are that good.
Rating: Unrated
12/10/2010
I actually used brown sugar instead and they turned out more plump rather then flat. I've baked these both ways (because they are so amazing) and found that brown sugar is great! Happy baking everyone!!
Rating: Unrated
11/30/2010
These are so amazing! Very easy. The person who recommended 11 mins...you were so right! Nicely done! Make sure you roll your balls no bigger than stated. Even a bit smaller. You end up with a plump chewy cooking!!! YUMMY!
Rating: Unrated
11/11/2010
This recipe was wonderful! My husband now thinks I should be a baker. I used my food processor for the dough - makes the perfect consistency (needs to cool in the fridge for 5 min before pinching). Using a table spoon to pinch off the dough makes them all the same size so they bake evenly. LOVED THEM!
Rating: Unrated
11/09/2010
I was very dissappointed. Spread out too thin and not as chewy as the recipe claims. Won't make them again.
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08/09/2010
Amazing cookies! They were so tender and chewy! Next time, I am adding a bit of ground ginger though...
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07/28/2010
This is to lpresley. I have made several recipes for molasses cookies. So far, in my experience anyway, they all spread a lot. I have tried chilling them but they still spread. I think its as much a trait of the cookie as hash marks for peanut butter cookies. This is to Mayson, just as I have yet to see a molasses cookie that does not spread I have yet to see one that turns out crisp, as long as you dont overbake.I have noticed these are very forgiving so if you dont burn they should be chewy.
Rating: Unrated
03/17/2010
Are these really chewy as the name promises? I am searching for a recipe that produces the chewy, ginger/molasses-y tasting cookies I find in coffee shops. I have tried different recipes at home, but they always turn out to be crisp "dunking cookies".
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12/23/2009
What am I doing wrong? Each time I put a batch into the oven they spread like crazy. I tried putting them into the fridge to firm, but once they were in the oven they spread. Any suggestions?
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12/23/2009
These cookies are crazy good! Easy to make too!
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12/16/2009
I can't stop eating these cookies! Fabulous!
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12/08/2009
These are AMAZING! Thanks for the reviews, it allows me to get a great cookie. Thanks Martha. tp
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10/10/2009
These are super easy and super yummy! Thanks for the great recipe!
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09/05/2009
These are in my top 5 best cookies. We have a bakery in our small town that is famous for theirs and when I make these I get comments that they are much better!
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06/06/2009
yum!!! these cookies taste delicious! we made lots and froze them to make them last longer!
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04/29/2009
these are really good and easy to make!
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03/08/2009
This is one of my favorite cookie recipes out there! I follow the recipe exactly, only I take the cookies out after 11 minutes on the nose. This keeps the cookies thick, chewy and moist. They are a real crowd-pleaser. People just keep coming back for more and more.
Rating: Unrated
12/27/2008
These had a nice flavor. I did add some ginger and a pinch of cloves. They do stay chewy, but be sure not to overbake them. They are a very thin, flat cookie. I kinda prefer a puffier one.
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12/24/2008
these were great...I tried them with some cream cheese icing and they were even better
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12/22/2008
Awesome cookies! The first molasses cookie recipe I tried yesterday was a flop--after the first batch cooked, I threw the rest of the dough in the trash......and came here. This was the first recipe to pop up, and I had all the ingredients, so I gave it a shot. Mine crackled beautifully. I got just under 36 cookies. The only change I made was adding a half tsp of ground cloves. Yummmmmm!
Rating: Unrated
12/22/2008
One more thing: mine didn't "crackle" like the recipe said they would. I did bake them one sheet at a time, but they remained smooth with a crispy edge and chewy center. Anyone else had this minor "problem?"
Rating: Unrated
12/22/2008
These are great. I accidentally put the whole 1 1/2 cups of sugar into the batter, but in the end I thought they were perfect. I don't like a really sweet cookie, so maybe they would have been better if I had followed the recipe better, but the bottom line is that they are delicious! I might add some ginger to give them a kick next time (like a gingersnap), but all my friends just love them they way they are.
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12/17/2008
Oh My Gosh! These are soooo good we couldn't leave them alone. Didn't change a thing and they turned out perfect!! Really easy to make too. Thanks Martha!
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12/17/2008
These are so delicious--just enough molasses flavor. They are very easy to make, and everyone loved them.
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12/14/2008
These cookies are a hit! Everyone who tries them loves them. I use coarse sanding sugar instead of regular sugar for rolling them in so they are a little crunchier and they sparkle! Definitely a keeper I'll make for years :) It is a pain to cook them one sheet at a time, however.
Rating: Unrated
12/11/2008
After trying a few molasses/ginger cookie recipes, this is the one I kept. They are delicious and always come out great.
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12/09/2008
Where can you find small jars like the one in the picture?
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11/06/2008
These cookies are totally awesome! They don't look like much and are a bit fussy (rolling out the cookies and rolling them in sugar) but they really are good. Don't change the recipe they don't require any tweaking!
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10/21/2008
These cookie are YUMMY!!! I made a dozen and froze the rest to start my christmas cookie trays. I ended up having to make a whole other batch because my whole family devoured the first dozen and were craven more a few days later. With the second batch, I made ice cream sandwiches with them filled with pumpkin ice cream...awesome!!!
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07/11/2008
These cookies are good. I used a cookie dough scoop (it measures 1 tablespoon) and the recipe made closer to four dozen cookies.
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05/09/2008
These cookies are PERFECT and so easy to make. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe and what I like the most is that they are universally liked. They are subtle yet delicious.
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03/13/2008
So I've made these cookies twice now and they are amazing. The first time I used raw sugar instead of white and they didn't spread out (same thing happened to lttl_kim--she used Splenda instead of white sugar), and the second time I made them I did the recipe with white sugar and it worked out perfectly. Both variations of the cookie (thick and thin) were delicious, but as far as aesthetics go, use the white sugar for a prettier cookie. I also rolled mine in raw sugar for a nicer look.
Rating: Unrated
03/13/2008
So I've made these cookies twice now and they are amazing. The first time I used raw sugar instead of white and they didn't spread out (same thing happened to lttl_kim--she used Splenda instead of white sugar), and the second time I made them I did the recipe with white sugar and it worked out perfectly. Both variations of the cookie (thick and thin) were delicious, but as far as aesthetics go, use the white sugar for a prettier cookie. I also rolled mine in raw sugar for a nicer look.
Rating: Unrated
03/12/2008
I love these cookies, i made them dozens of times while i was living in england and they came out perfectly delicious. i live in bermuda now, made the cookies last week, and they came out AWFUL - they didn't spread/crackle and were hard as rocks. any thoughts? I noticed the molasses was a bit thinner than im used to, but other than that i can't think of anything.
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02/26/2008
These cookies are totally AWESOME! Everyone that has had them love them. Time consuming with having to roll them in a ball and then in sugar but worth it. Maybe they didn't spread out because of the Splenda? Not sure because I used sugar and have not had any problems. Crispy and chewy.
Rating: Unrated
12/24/2007
I think I did something wrong - when I made them, the cookies did not spread out and flatten. They stayed as little balls or whatever shape you put on the tray before baking. Also, I substituted the sugar with spenda - could this be the reason they did not spread out? Any other suggestions?
Rating: Unrated
12/21/2007
I think these are fantastic. I follow the recipe to the T, but under bake them slightly. I use one of those air cushioned cookie pans. They stay moist and chewy for days. EVERYONE loves them and I find myself making them again and again. My favorite cookie!
Rating: Unrated
12/12/2007
These cookies are delicious! When my stepson was stationed in Iraq last year at Christmas-time, these were the cookies he asked me to make for him. I sent 2 batches.