Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

I always thought that chocolate chip cookies were my favorite, but lately I’ve found that spiced cookies are the ones I’m enjoying the most. I just love molasses in a cookie, and I think spiced cookies are perfect for chilly autumn days when all I want to do is curl up with a little snack, a hot mug of tea or hot cocoa, and a good book.

I adapted this recipe from one I found on, because one of my friends and I have been looking for a good soft ginger cookie for years. Well, I believe this is it – my search is finally over. I’m just not overly fond of cookies that are either too cakey or too crispy, and I think these cookies are the perfect balance between the two. I’m also thinking they’ll be a perfect addition to my Thanksgiving dessert table this year as another option for those who aren’t crazy about pie. I hope you enjoy them, and I hope you have a happy Halloween tomorrow and a wonderful weekend!

Recipe adapted from here.

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, for rolling

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, and then beat in the water and molasses. Slowly beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients half at a time.

Shape the dough into 1″ balls, and then roll them in granulated sugar. Place the cookies 2″ apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, flattening slightly with your hand. Bake 8-10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

5 Responses to “Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies”

  1. 1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    These look truly perfect. One of my favorite flavours!

  2. 2 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel Says:
    October 30th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I could easily eat way too many of these!

  3. 3 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    November 2nd, 2013 at 11:53 am

    These look wonderful… I couldn’t agree more! This time of year, I cannot get enough molasses cookies.

  4. 4 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    November 3rd, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. 5 Brenna Says:
    November 5th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I made these the other day and they are AMAZING! They are very spicy and have a bit more of a cake consistency than other molasses cookies. I can’t stop eating them!

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