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Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Updated on November 28, 2012
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Molasses Cookies

Filled with the warm flavors of ginger and cinnamon, this has to be the perfect winter cookie. A tried and true recipe that has been around for generations, these will please young and old alike.

I am always looking for ways to use up my pumpkin pie spice, as generally spices start losing their punch after about six months. This is a great way to keep the spice jars replenished!

The dough must be refrigerated for a least one hour before rolling into cookies, but can wait up to one week. If you know the dough will not be used for a few days, it is easier to roll into logs, then tightly wrap in plastic wrap. That way, at baking time, it can be cut into small pieces to make the rolling easier.

Wrap the log in parchment paper, then attractive ribbon at each end, and give as a gift for someone to bake at home! These cookies can also be frozen, and store well in an airtight container. These are the perfect cookie to include in a care package!

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 15 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 1 hour 27 min
Yields: 100 cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar, + more for rolling
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups all purpose flour

Step by Step

Put dry ingredients in one bowl
Put dry ingredients in one bowl
Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs and molasses.
Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs and molasses.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
After one hour in fridge.
After one hour in fridge.
Roll 1 inch balls in more sugar.
Roll 1 inch balls in more sugar.
Place on parchment paper and bake 10 to 12 minutes.
Place on parchment paper and bake 10 to 12 minutes.


  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and molasses until well combined.
  2. In another bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry until well combined. Form into a big disc. Wrap well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour, or up to one week.
  4. Preheat oven to 375F. Remove dough from fridge. Break off small pieces and roll into 1 inch balls, or slightly bigger. Roll dough balls in granulated sugar, then place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Let cool on pan for 1 minute, then transfer to cooling rack.


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    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was just thinking about molasses cookies and how I'd love to bake some. Did a search on HP and landed here. Can't wait to try these.

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It is a very easy recipe, and the dough can be divided up, and fresh baked in batches within 7 days. It is fool proof!!

    • loveofnight profile image


      5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      Yea !!!! I can do this, thanks so much for this recipe. I am bookmarking it as well as passing it on.

    • peachpurple profile image


      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      OMG! You are tempting me again ! Gosh...those old fashion cookies look so good to eat. Wonderful recipe.

    • kitkat1141 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This one stands the test of time!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They are old-fashioned, and there is nothing fancy about them, but darn it, they are sooooo tasty! Great recipe of a classic!


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