How to make soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies

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During the winter months, you need to know how to make soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies. Who doesn't love a good, chewy molasses ginger cookie? These cookies have the classic taste of spicy ginger with a crackly exterior and moist center.

As we approach the holiday season, this time of year calls for dark molasses for for all of your favorite ginger recipes. From gingerbread men, gingersnap cookies, and these chewy ginger molasses cookies, these are the classic holiday cookie you want to take to your cookie exchanges. 

These are the traditional old fashioned molasses cookies that will easily become one of your favorite recipes for your Christmas cookie box.

Why this recipe is the best

  • These soft and spicy molasses cookies that regular baking spices you'd expect to find in cookies, but some extra ginger and black pepper take the flavor up a whole notch, and you're going to love it!
  • Once baked and cooled, you'll end up with wonderful, soft, spiced cookies with a dramatic spice. They're irresistable!
  • They're perfect for a holiday cookie exchange.

 

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Ingredients in soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies

  • 1 cup granulated sugar + ½ granulated sugar cup for dipping
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1½ sticks), softened but still cool
  • 1 large yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark molasses
overhead shot of ingredients needed to make soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies styled on a tan blanket

Baking tips

This dough is simple to work with. However, they are large and the cookie dough will spread a lot. I'd recommend only baking 4 cookies on a sheet at a time to prevent them baking together. Leave plenty of space in between them. If desired, you can let the dough chill for up to 30 minutes to help prevent some spreading, but it is not necessary to yield a soft cookie in this recipe. 

Step by step how to make these cookies

First you'll make the dough by creaming your butter and brown sugar in a medium sized bowl (about 3 minutes)

process shot for spicy molasses cookies, making cookie dough - creaming butter and sugar

Once your butter and sugar and nice, light and fluffy, you'll crack your egg in. Whisk until completely combined.

process shot for spicy ginger molasses cookies, combining creamed butter with egg before mixing

Then add in your vanilla and molasses. Mix until completely combined and smooth.

Set aside while you combine your dry ingredients.

mixing dry ingredients for soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies

Next you'll mix your your flour, freshly grated ginger, and spices together.

Mix your flour + spices into your wet ingredients and combine until a dough is formed.

Scoop your dough with an ice cream scoop, and then roll into balls

bowl of cookie dough for soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies, Dough in an ice cream scoop

Dip into your granulated sugar

Then you'll ready to place your cookie dough on your baking sheet.

 

woman's hand scooping a bowl of cookie dough with ice cream scoop

The recipe

Soft and chewy molasses cookie recipe

Soft and chewy molasses cookie recipe

Yield: 12 large cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes 5 seconds
Total Time: 32 minutes 5 seconds

Spicy Molasses Cookies. Oh my goodness. These soft cookies with a kick are a true sensory delight. The dramatic flavors and spice come together in a rich, chewy, flavorful aromatic way that pairs perfectly with your afternoon cup of chai, or evening reading.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar,
  • 1 granulated sugar + ½ granulated sugar cup for dipping
  • 2¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1½ sticks), softened but still cool
  • ? cup packed dark brown sugar (about 2½ounces)
  • 1 large yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark molasses

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.


    2. Whisk flour, baking soda, spices, gineer and salt in medium bowl until thoroughly combined; set aside.


    3. In standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter with brown sugar for about 3-5 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

    2. Reduce speed to medium-low and add egg, molasses and vanilla; and beat until incorporated.

    3. Reduce speed to lowest setting; add flour mixture and beat until just incorporated. Dough will be soft and easy to handle.

    4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop heaping ball dough and roll between palms.

    5. Dip into grandulated sugar and place on lined parchment paper baking sheet,, spacing them about 2inches apart. Repeat with remaining dough.

    6. Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are browned, still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft (cookies will look raw between cracks and seem underdone)


    7. Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes, then use wide metal spatula to transfer cookies to wire rack; cool cookies to room temperature and serve.

Notes

Can be stored at room temperature in airtight container, like cookie jar for up to 5 days.

Cookies freeze well!

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 275Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 46mgSodium 160mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 1gSugar 21gProtein 3g

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