Monday, November 8, 2021

Molasses Cookies #ChristmasCookiesWeek

 These classic old fashioned spicy snap cookies are sure to make Santa very happy.

Molasses Cookies is time for Christmas Cookies Week......
Ellen of Family Around the Table and Christie of a Kitchen Hoor's Adventures host a Christmas Cookies Week each year where they invite us to join them in sharing cookie recipes with our readers in plenty of time for them to start their holiday baking.

Today is the first day.  Let's see what everyone baked up for us..........

Molasses Cookies

These cookies filled with warm spices of cinnamon, ginger and cloves bring back fond memories of Christmases past.  The Teen had never had them and was gobbling them up fresh from the oven while they were still soft.  The following day when she grabbed a cookie for herself she was very surprised by the "snap" and crispiness of the cookie.  

Molasses Cookie Pin

I will be back on Wednesday and Friday with more cookie fun but you can find the others on Tuesday and Thursday by searching #ChristmasCookieWeek on social media.  I'm also sharing a recipe today for an Apple Pumpkin Bread that is perfect for using up the leftovers in that can of pumpkin that you opened for another recipe.  Tomorrow I am joining my Bread Bakers Group and sharing some easy No Knead Garlicky Dinner Rolls, so please stop by and see me.

Cookies, Christmas, Holidays, Spice,
Desserts, Cookies
Yield: 42 Cookies
Author: Wendy Klik
Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies

These classic old fashioned spicy snap cookies are sure to make Santa very happy.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 10 MinInactive time: 20 MinTotal time: 45 Min


  • 1  1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ginger
  • 1/4 t. cloves
  • pinch of salt


  1. Place 1/4 cup of the sugar into a shallow bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in large sauce pan over low heat.  Remove from heat and whisk in the molasses and remaining sugar until blended.  Add the egg and whisk until incorporated.
  3. Use a woodedn spoon to stir in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves.  The mixture will be like pate a choux, very moist and sticky.
  4. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, shape batter into balls and roll in the reserved sugar.  Place onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment or a silicone mat, spacing for 12 cookies on each sheet.  
  6. Bake in a preheated 375* oven for 10 minutes until spread and darkened.  Place any remaining dough back in the freezer while cookies bake. 
  7. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Repeat with remaining dough.  Cookies will be soft the first day and then harden into snaps.    


Adapted from a recipe found in Christmas Cookies by Good Housekeeping.

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  1. Such a classic Christmas cookie! Always a favorite.

  2. We LOVE Molasses Cookies! These look wonderful and full of such rich molasses flavor! YUM!

  3. Those cookies look delicious! I guess it's really time to think about the holidays.

    best... mae at

  4. I love to make molasses cookies every year and enjoy with family! These look delicious and would love to knock on your door to grab a few! Delicious ones!

    1. Wouldn't it be fun to visit in person with coffee and cookies Radha.

  5. This is my grandfather's favorite cookie. I think it was because molasses was so readily available to him and his family.

  6. Molasses adds such a deep, rich flavor to cookies!

  7. I love that deep molasses flavor. Such a classic!

  8. I just happen to have some molasses and these cookies are calling my name.

    1. Enjoy Karen. I'm going to have to make another batch...these never made it into the freezer and they are G O N E...gone.

  9. I can practically smell these through the screen and I LOVE your milk bottle for Santa!

  10. Molasses cookies are the best! And they practically shout Merry Christmas!

  11. Molasses cookies are perfect for the holidays

  12. Yeah for Christmas Cookies Week! Always a great time of year! And what a great cookie to start with!

  13. My husband loves molasses and they make the cookies so chewy!


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