Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 24 (serving size: 1 cookie)

Perfectly spiced and wonderfully tender, these molasses cookies are a staff favorite.

How to Make It

Step 1

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients (through salt) in a bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Step 2

Place butter, 5 tablespoons granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 5 minutes or until fluffy. Add egg; beat 30 seconds. Add molasses; beat just until combined. Add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat at low speed or just until combined. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 4

Shape dough into 24 balls, about 1 1/2 tablespoons each. Roll balls in remaining 3 tablespoons sugar; place 2 inches apart on baking sheets covered with parchment paper. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or just until set. Cool 3 minutes on pan; remove to a wire rack.

Step 5

BAKE A SECOND BATCH Double the dough and bake these cookies without a hitch. To mail, wrap small stacks together using plastic wrap. Nestle the stacks in a box with plenty of padding, or stack in a wide-mouth canning jar with crumpled parchment or wax paper in the headspace under the lid. Place the jar in a box with padding for mailing overnight.

Chef's Notes

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit

Ratings & Reviews

Small batch but very good

December 27, 2017
Very easy, very tasty! Only criticism is that I didn’t get 24 cookies from the batch, more like 20. So double the recipe!,

foodie2212's Review

November 16, 2014
I am not normally a big fan of molasses cookies. These were the exception. OMG are they great! These will definitely be added to my Christmas cookie tray. Soft, chewy, melt in your mouth good.

anncfd's Review

January 18, 2015
Really good, really easy!

Kismet88's Review

November 24, 2014

amateurcook's Review

January 22, 2015
Delicious!! Easy and yummy. A hit with the whole family. Great go to Christmas cookie.