a batch of ginger cookies with molasses

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 54 minutes

These cookies are perfectly soft and chewy, with just the right amount of spices and molasses. And they're easy to make, with no need to chill the dough!


  • 2-1/4 c. all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda*
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. unsalted butter*, softened to cool room temperature
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 c. mild molasses
  • sugar, for rolling dough balls in


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until incorporated, about 30 seconds, and then scrape down the bowl. Beat on medium-high for 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl halfway through, until mixture is somewhat light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and molasses, and beat on medium-low until incorporated.
  5. Add combined dry ingredients and beat on medium speed until incorporated.
  6. With your hands, quickly roll dough into balls that are 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" in size. I like to use a medium scoop to evenly portion the dough. Take care to roll the dough as minimally as possible, to ensure the butter stays as cool as possible. Then roll dough balls in a small bowl of sugar. Place sugared dough balls on baking sheet about 2" apart. Bake for 8 minutes. Cracks should start forming on the tops of the cookies during the final minute or so of baking, and will continue to form as the cookies cool outside the oven. For the softest, chewiest cookies, take care to not over bake. Remove pan from oven and let cookies sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.


* For the best, most consistent results with this recipe, I recommend using Land O'Lakes Unsalted Butter. Let it soften to a cool room temperature - it should not be overly soft or melty. Also be sure to use fresh, active baking soda.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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