Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

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molasses spiced cookies


I know, I know. I’m sharing a cookie recipe after Christmas, right when the Internet is breathing a collective sigh of relief that cookie season is finally behind us and that it’s time to return to our regularly scheduled diets. I won’t lie, I have a yoga class scheduled this afternoon and I’m listening to non-Christmas music for the first time since Thanksgiving, so I appreciate the break. At the same time, I’m all for anything that will extend the festive Christmas spirit for a few more days and these ginger molasses cookies happen to fit the bill.


There are so many things about the Christmas season that I wish were simply winter traditions. I’m all about the magic of Christmas and I realize it bears some pretty significant religious symbolism for a lot of people, but for me it’s about celebrating the people, places and experiences that you’re grateful for and celebrating the year. I love the music, the decorations, the excuse to bake (a lot) and eat (a lot) with loved ones. Even though the Christmas season is rooted in religion, there is a lot about the Christmas season that has brings out the good in people and I think that’s something to celebrate regardless of what faith, if any, you practice.

No matter what your faith, there is something most of us can agree on: cookies. A few years ago I went on a gingerbread kick and couldn’t get enough of the sweet, spicy and aromatic cookies. I try to make them every year, even if I can’t get it together to bake in time for Christmas (see also: 100 other recipes that will have to masquerade as ‘winter cookies’ this year).  These spicy molasses cookies are perfect for Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever it is you’re celebrating this season.


Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies
Recipe type: Holiday Recipes, Sweet Treats
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Serves: 3 dozen cookies
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place ½ cup sugar; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.
  4. 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.

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