Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies

These warm, chewy cookies are full of spice and the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 22 minutes
Total 35 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 156 kcal
Author Michelle


  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup molasses

For Rolling:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, pepper and salt; set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and both sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low, add the egg yolk and vanilla extract, increase the speed to medium and beat until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds. Again reduce the speed to medium-low and add the molasses, beating until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl halfway through. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing until just incorporated, about 30 seconds. Use a rubber spatula to give it a final few mixes to ensure no flour remains.
  4. Place the sugar for rolling in a small bowl. Using a tablespoon or small cookie scoop, scoop the dough and roll into a smooth ball, then toss in the sugar to coat and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, until the cookies are browned, still puffy and the edges have begun to set but the centers are still soft, about 11 minutes. Be sure not to overbake the cookies.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cookie

Nutrition Facts
Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 122mg3%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.