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Old-fashioned Molasses Cookie Recipe

These old-fashioned molasses cookies are rich and buttery, with just the right amount of warming ginger spice. Perfectly paired with a tall glass of cold milk or some fresh apple cider.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 283kcal



  • Stir dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Mix the egg, molasses, melted butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
  • Stir flour mixture into the wet ingredients a little at a time. Mix until well blended. (A good stand mixer will really help with this!)
  • Refrigerate the dough for 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Using a spoon or large dough scoop, place balls of cookie dough on a lightly greased stainless steel baking sheet. (Each ball of dough should be roughly 2-3 tablespoons.)
  • Bake for about 12 minutes per batch (extra big cookies might need a couple more minutes in the oven).
  • Allow cookies to cool (at least a little!) before eating.


Melting the butter isn’t mandatory, but it gives the cookies a nice, chewy texture. For softer cookies, leave the butter softened, but not melted.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 160mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.6mg