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Chewy Molasses Cookies


Today has been crazy, but in a good way! I’m 100% in the Christmas spirit, and the stuff coming out of my kitchen definitely shows it!

My wonderful friends Emily and Katherine (hereinafter referred to as EmPri and KJ…I hardly ever call them by their actual names!) are coming from DC to stay with us this weekend and I’m SO EXCITED! I’m having fun Christmasfying the house and baking in anticipation of their arrival. Like my centerpiece?

I put it together with some fun ornaments from Target to spruce up our living room coffee table.


And there’s a lot more presents under the tree now!

But these cookies were definitely the highlight of my day. I love the flavor of a good molasses cookie, but only when they’re the soft and chewy kind! I tried a batch last week that totally flopped on me so I was set on making the perfect recipe today. These are definitely it.

One thing that’s great about molasses cookies is that they stay good for a lot longer than regular cookies, and in fact they taste even better the longer they sit! This recipe is seriously a keeper.

Chewy Molasses Cookies

by Lauren

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert Christmas cookie winter


Ingredients (24 cookies)

  • 1/4 c. salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. blackstrap molasses
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 T. milk
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. cloves
  • 1/2 t. allspice
  • 2 t. baking soda


In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add the egg, molasses, vanilla, and milk and beat until the mixture is very smooth.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix just until everything is well combined.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

When you’re ready to shape the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and use a cookie scoop or large spoon to measure out about a tablespoon or so of dough for each cookie. Roll each scoop of dough into a smooth ball with your hands and roll in additional sugar if desired.

Place the balls onto 2 lightly greased baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the surface of the cookies have nicely cracked.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 minute on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely for another 20 minutes. These cookies are best after they’ve cooled for at least a few hours. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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They are perfectly soft and chewy and just loaded with the flavor of holiday spices. Give me a glass of almond milk and a dozen of these babies and I’m set for life.

Thanks for reading!



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  • Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition December 15, 2011, 9:10 pm

    I love the decorations! I finally decorated my apt this weekend : )

  • Lauren December 15, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Oh yum! I always think molasses is really disgusting, but when I add it to a baked food it always turns out fabulous! Good thing I just stole a jar from my mom :)
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  • Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean December 16, 2011, 3:54 am

    so festive!!!!! love it!
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  • Uteute December 25, 2011, 1:22 am

    Those are really great! Thanks for the recipe. Taking them to a Christmas party. But of course I had to have a couple with a glass of almond milk first. Just to try them out you know! YUMM

    • Lauren December 29, 2011, 8:22 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! I like to have them with almond milk too…so good.

  • Amanda November 12, 2012, 11:29 pm

    I made these last year while we were moving to get rid of a jar of molasses in my pantry and fell in love. We’re finally settled in our new apartment and I went to find this recipe and it was gone! Is there anyway you could send it to me??

    • Lauren November 14, 2012, 8:51 am

      Thank you for letting me know that it wasn’t showing up! It should be there on the page now. And I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the cookies. :)

      • Amanda November 14, 2012, 9:53 am

        Wonderful!! Thank you so, so much!

  • Jenn October 6, 2013, 2:53 pm

    Hi Lauren, I stumbled upon your blog on Pinterest and noticed you are a Wheaton grad. I am too, Class of 2001. Love your recipes and your blog! :)

    • Lauren @ Dash of Soul October 6, 2013, 11:46 pm

      How awesome, glad to hear from a fellow Wheatie! Thanks for stopping by to say hi! :)

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