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molasses ginger cookies on a baking sheet with a spatula under one of them

Molasses Ginger Cookies

These molasses ginger cookies are delicious, easy to make, and taste like the holidays!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 36
Author Kelsie


  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar + more for rolling the cookies
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped candied ginger*


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the butter, brown sugar, and 1/3 cup of granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer set to medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix to combine, then add the molasses and mix to combine.
  3. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, then turn mixer to low and add the baking soda, spices, and salt; beat until incorporated. Add the flour and beat until just incorporated. Fold in the candied ginger with a rubber spatula.
  4. Place about one-third cup of granulated sugar in a small bowl. Scoop the cookie dough into heaping tablespoons and roll into balls. (Damp hands are helpful to prevent sticking.) Drop each ball into the bowl of sugar and roll to coat.
  5. Arrange balls on the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, until cookies are lightly browned, but still puffed up. (They will look underdone in the middle.) Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve.
  6. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

  • *You can substitute crystallized ginger.
  • Spray your knife with cooking spray when you chop candied ginger; this prevents it from sticking to the knife and makes your life much easier.