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Best Ever Molasses Cookies

Our Best Ever Molasses Cookies have a dreamy soft center with a lightly crunchy exterior. A delectable blend of flavors that create the perfect spiced cookie. And they come together in a snap!

Category Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword molasses cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 80 cookies (approx.)
Author Mean Green Chef

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (307 grams) shortening
  • 1 cup (213 grams) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup (213 grams) dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (340 grams) molasses
  • 5 cups (600 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt or Kosher sea salt, finely ground
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg, ground
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, ground (powdered not root)
  • 2 teaspoons all spice
  • 1 cup (100 grams) white sugar, reserved for rolling

Instructions

  1. Add the shortening, light brown sugar, dark brown sugar, and eggs to a large mixing bowl.

    Ingredients for Best Ever Molasses Cookies brown and white sugar with eggs in a large glass bowl
  2. Beat on medium-high speed until creamed, light and fluffy about 2 minutes.

    Ingredients for Best Ever Molasses Cookies brown and white sugar with eggs in a large glass bowl beaten together.
  3. Pour in the molasses.

    Ingredients for Best Ever Molasses Cookies brown and white sugar beaten with eggs and molasses in a large glass bowl.
  4. Beat the molasses until well blended, about 2 minutes. 

    Ingredients for Best Ever Molasses Cookies beaten in a large glass bowl.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients and stir by hand until well incorporated. 

    Ingredients for Best Ever Molasses Cookies flour, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg in a large glass bowl.
  6. Cover and chill for 2 hours in the fridge. 

    Ingredients for Best Ever Molasses Cookie Dough in an airtight container ready to be chilled.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F/176°C line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. 

  8. Roll dough into small balls and then roll in the reserved 1/2 cup (100 grams) of white sugar. 

    Close up of Best Ever Molasses Cookie dough rolled into a ball and coated in superfine white sugar in a white bowl on a white marbled background countertop.
  9. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes until the cookies begin to crisp slightly in the outside, crack and you can see a soft center showing through the cracks.

    Freshly baked Best Ever Molasses Cookie close up showing crispyness of the outside of the cookie. Cooling on parchment.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool. 

    Freshly baked Best Ever Molasses Cookie close up showing crispyness of the outside of the cookie. Cooling on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Recipe Notes

  • Prep time is approximate.
  • This recipe can be halved.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container in a cool dry place, cookies will remain fresh up to a week.