Soft and Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

There is nothing that makes me think of cooler fall weather than spicy molasses and warm cinnamon. These soft and chewy molasses spice cookies capture the best of fall in one delicious cookie. A crisp, crackly top and a flavor that screams fall with the combination of brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and black pepper.  These remind of Gingersnaps, except that these are soft and chewy. They taste even better the next day after all the flavors meld together.

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Soft and Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

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  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/2 cup for rolling
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened but still cool
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup molasses, light or dark


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In shallow baking dish or pie plate, place 1/2 cup sugar for rolling dough;set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, spices, and salt until thoroughly combined; set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter with brown and granulated sugars at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low and add yolk and vanilla; increase speed to medium and beat until incorporated, about 20 seconds. Reduce speed to medium-low and add molasses; beat until incorporated, about 20 seconds, scraping bottom and sides of bowl once with rubber spatula. Reduce speed to lowest setting; add flour mixture and beat until just incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping bowl down once.
  5. Roll one heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball between your palms, roll the ball in the sugar, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet spacing the balls about 2 inches apart Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Bake one sheet at a time until cookies are browned, still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, about 11 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Do not overbake.
  7. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes then using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.

Yields: 22 cookies

Source: Cook’s Illustrated, January 2002

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21 Responses to Soft and Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

  1. jennknee says:

    My favorite kind of cookie! Especially when soft and chewy! They look divine!

  2. One of my favorite kinds of cookies!! I have a really good recipe too but will try these as well 🙂 Yum!!

  3. Yum! I made cookies like this recently. I couldn’t believe how popular they were. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!


  4. ooooh. soft and crewy gingersnaps that sounds delicious. Question is how many can I eat? 🙂

  5. Ryan says:

    Oh these look so good! I’d love to have some with some spiced cider. You’re right, these are such a nice fallish cookie and look absolutely delicious!

  6. Rach @ This Italian Family says:

    Oh wow those are beautiful!

  7. Susan says:

    Those look exactly like the ones my grandmother use to make! We no longer have the recipe, so I’m looking for a replacement this recipe might just be it. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Karen says:

    Those soft, chewy cookies look delicious. Now if I had a couple and a glass of milk.

  9. These look so chewy and soft. Yum!

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    Spice cookies are sooo good and I love how the kitchen smells when there’s a batch in the oven. Great recipe!

  11. they are perfect cracked! i need to work with molasses more. ppl use them alot in recipes! have a fabulous week sweet pea!

  12. These just scream fall! The cookies look amazing. I love the perfectly crackled top.

  13. Black pepper! I never would have thought! I love soft and chewy molasses cookies. Yay!

  14. Liz says:

    I made a very similar cookie last week! One of our family’s favorites~yours are PERFECT!

  15. brandi says:

    soft molasses cookies are some of my favorites 🙂

  16. Gingersnaps are a favorite in our household! I need to try these now and compare 🙂

  17. I really love molasses cookies. Just seeing these made me anxious for cooler weather and the holidays. 🙂

  18. Jamie says:

    I was looking for a spicy gingersnap type cookie to make for my mom! I made some this morning and they are so delicious! With five children in the house I should have made a double batch, they are almost gone already!

  19. Terri Orr says:

    another ‘sweet pea’ recipe that delivered as anticipated. the folks at work are gonna love these today. thanks for another winner, christina.

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