Chewy Molasses Cookies

by Erin

These cookies are addicting. How are they so thin and yet remain so chewy? And the flavor is perfection for the holidays. Make them and watch them disappear like magic!

Chewy Molasses Cookies 2
It’s the 2nd annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012, hosted by Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen! This year I received cookies from Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen (Lavender Lemon Bars), Betty Ann of Asian in American (Vanilla Sugar Snaps), and Christina of Mele Cotte (Holiday Butter Rings). Check out their blogs to get the recipes for their delicious cookies!

Every winter one of my labmates brings in molasses cookies and they are absolutely to die for. So chewy and full of molasses flavor. Those cookies alone might be my favorite part of the winter holidays. And this year, I finally asked for the recipe and knew I had to make them for the cookie swap.

Surprisingly, even though these cookies are super thin, they are magically chewy. I sent two dozen to each of my matches because they are such thin small cookies. And after all, with 9 dozen I definitely had enough to go around!

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The lucky food bloggers to receive these cookies were Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen, Betty Ann of Asian in American, and Julie of ROJ Running. Apparently having a food limitation of “no mint” resulted in some overlap, but I was completely happy with everything I received and hope my matches were too!

Did you miss out this year? Sign up HERE to receive advanced notifications for next years swap!

Post updated 12/14/16, picture above is the original.

One year ago: Andes Crème de Menthe Chocolate Cookies


Makes 9 dozen


1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups sugar, plus more for rolling if desired

2 eggs

2/3 cup dark molasses

4 cups sifted flour

4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp ginger

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice


  1. In a large bowl, cream sugar into butter. Add eggs and mix. Add molasses and blend.
  2. Sift flour, soda, salt, and spices together in a separate bowl. Add to the butter mixture and mix. Cover bowl tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookies sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Roll into balls the size of marbles (they will spread a lot). Roll into granulated sugar, if desired. Place 3 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes or until dark brown. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
  6. Cookies freeze well.

Source: Kathy, who got it from her friend Jennifer.

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Margaret K December 4, 2014 - 9:22 am

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Marta November 19, 2013 - 2:08 pm

These look delicious! Does the dough freeze well? Thinking of baking half of these at a time.

spiffycookie November 19, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Yes it does! Just be sure to wrap it well and air-tight. I prefer wrapping my dough in plastic wrap and then placing it in a freezer Ziplock bag, with all the air squeezed out.

Shianne December 14, 2012 - 1:44 pm

I have been having a love affair with molasses since my trip to Oregon in October, so I have been on the look out for different types of molasses cookies. I will be trying out this recipe as soon as I get back from my in-laws house.

Veronica December 14, 2012 - 1:52 am

Molasses and ginger cookies are a new favorite of mine-I used to deplore them until just a few months ago! Now I love them! The chewy texture you describe sounds wonderful, sounds like some lucky swappers that got them! I didn’t do the blogger swap this year as I was doing my own non-blogger swap and couldn’t do both this year and I’ll be posting about that one soon. We had fun–I love these mailing cookie swaps!

Joanne December 13, 2012 - 5:37 am

I’m kind of jealous of the recipients of these! They look and sound awesome!

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking December 12, 2012 - 7:08 pm

OMG, 9 DOZEN!!! Perfect for sharing!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 12, 2012 - 5:50 pm

Ohhhhh, these cookies look good! I am loving molasses cookies and I love that they are chewy!!!

sally @ sallys baking addiction December 12, 2012 - 3:41 pm

molasses cookies all over the blog world today and I wouldn’t have it any other way. they are my favorite kind! Eirn, these look amazing – simply stunning. And I hope you are able to get home, stress-free, from the lab last night!

alex December 12, 2012 - 10:17 am

the perfect holiday treat!

amy @ fearless homemaker December 12, 2012 - 9:53 am

I love that we both made molasses cookies for the swap! =) Yours look fantastic – wish I had a few for a snack right now. =)

Kathryn December 12, 2012 - 9:11 am

I love how thin and chewy these look!

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 12, 2012 - 8:40 am

Yum! I am so into gingerbread/molasses flavor this holiday!

Betty Ann @Mango_Queen December 12, 2012 - 8:33 am

Thanks for these delish Chewy Molasses Cookies and the kind mention. It was great to meet you via this fun event. But I confess, it was even greater to gobble up your delightful cookies. Happy Holidays!

Living The Sweet Life December 12, 2012 - 8:27 am

Erin, these look so good! I’m tempted to grab 2 glasses on milk and come over in hopes that there are leftovers ;) Mmmm… great choice for this year’s swap!

spiffycookie December 12, 2012 - 8:28 am

I think they are totally worth the journey :-)


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