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Chewy Molasses Cookies

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molasses cookies covered in sanding sugar on parchment paper dipped in white chocolate

Chewy Molasses Cookies…yay! It’s that time of year!

I love how soft and chewy these molasses cookies are and that you don’t have to chill the dough.

They have those crackly tops we all love and the cookie dough gets rolled in a coarse sugar or sanding sugar.

I love rolling these chewy molasses cookies in sugar prior to baking because it gives them a lovely finishing touch and extra texture and crunch to the cookie.

a molasses cookie dipped in white chocolate

These cookies are:

  • Perfectly soft for days
  • A holiday must make
  • Perfect for dunking in coffee
  • Chewy and thick
  • Simple to make
  • No-chill cookies (but you can chill if you want!)
  • Your new favorite molasses cookie!

Chewy Molasses Cookie Ingredients

(For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card below)

ingredients needed to make gingerbread molasses cookies

How to make chewy molasses cookies

(For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card below)

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Cream the butter and sugars in a stand mixer
  3. Add in the molasses, eggs, vanilla
  4. Gradually add in dry ingredients
  5. Roll the dough into balls and roll in sugar
  6. Bake then remove to a wire rack to cool completely
molasses cookies dipped in white chocolate

Should I use light or dark molasses?

  • Grandma’s Molasses comes in light (Original) and “robust” or dark molasses. Either or will work. The robust molasses is more concentrated with a richer flavor, so your cookies or baked goods will come out a darker color in comparison to light molasses.
  • I would not recommend using blackstrap molasses in these cookies. It is pretty bitter and better off used in savory dishes!
  • Molasses plays nicely with the warm holiday spices in these chewy molasses cookies and is what helps to make these cookies soft and chewy! It shouldn’t be swapped for maple syrup or any other syrups since there’s almost no replacement for its sweet, almost smoky flavor!
a molasses cookie dipped in white chocolate

Do you like dunking your cookies in coffee or milk?

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molasses cookies covered in sanding sugar on parchment paper dipped in white chocolate
4.82 from 32 reviews

Chewy Molasses Cookies

Prep: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 small cookies
Homemade Chewy Molasses Cookies are soft, ultra-chewy and a holiday favorite! They make the house smell soo good when baking and they stay magically fresh and chewy for days!


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, cubed (8 Tbsp.)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses (Light (original) or Dark (Robust) )
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar (for rolling)

White Chocolate Dip (optional)

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl: all-purpose flour, cake flour, corn starch, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside.
    1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup cake flour, 1 tsp. corn starch, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. ground ginger, 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and the sugars together until light and fluffy, 2-4 minutes.
    1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, cubed (8 Tbsp.), 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed, 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Turn the mixer off to add in the molasses to prevent a mess, then turn back on to combine. Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
    1/3 cup molasses, 1 large egg, 1 large egg yolk, 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients until combined.
  • Roll cookie dough into balls (use lightly floured hands if dough is sticky), you'll have 6-7 large cookies*
  • Roll the cookies in the coarse sugar.
    1/4 cup coarse sugar (for rolling)
  • Place on a baking sheet or cookie sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the tops are cracked and the edges appear set.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Melt white chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave until smooth and dip cookies in melted chocolate and decorate with festive sprinkles (optional).
    1 cup white chocolate chips, 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • Cookies will stay fresh and soft covered at room temperature for up to 1 week.



  • You can make the cookie dough in advance and keep it chilled in the fridge for 2-3 days. When ready to bake, take the cookie dough out to sit at room temperature ~30 minutes prior to baking. 
  • Cookies are freezer friendly and store well for up to 3 months. 
  • *Feel free to make cookies smaller. Adjust baking time as needed. 
  • Use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour for a gluten-free cookie. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1small cookie, Calories: 181kcal (9%), Carbohydrates: 28g (9%), Protein: 2g (4%), Fat: 7g (11%), Saturated Fat: 4g (25%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 38mg (13%), Sodium: 129mg (6%), Potassium: 149mg (4%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 15g (17%), Vitamin A: 212IU (4%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%), Calcium: 45mg (5%), Iron: 1mg (6%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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These came out beautifully! My husband is a big fan of a chewy molasses cookie at Christmas and he thought they were excellent! Thanks for another great recipe!

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Megan joyce

I made these last night. My kids and myself loved them! They have a nice chewy texture but soft. They taste like gingerbread a bit. I would make these again!

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Becky karim

So I used the molasses cookie base and then added chocolate chips and marshmallows!! Wow, they are so good!! It’s going to be in my holiday rotation ?

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Courtney Clemmons

These cookies spread/baked to perfection. I loved rolling these in the course sugar for the added crunch! These are my husbands favorite Christmas cookies. I think I might add a little more of the spices next time though.

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Alicia Moshkowski

They turned out beautiful and tasty. They are soft and chewy. Thank you!

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Absolutely loved this recipe! These cookies are just what I wanted, chewy and delicious! I will definitely be making these for Christmas this year!

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Awesome recipe! All cookies eaten in 2 days! I used all all purpose flour and made them smaller (some were even bite size which were delicious!) going to make anohter batch this weekend (bite size) to wrap up as a thank you gift! Definietly a repeat recipe!

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MaryLou Smith

FYI: The video does not play after the commercial. 🙁

Paige Noble

Hey! Do these taste like gingerbread?


A favorite among friends and family! The perfect holiday cookie!

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