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Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

These cookies taste exactly like autumn sunshine. They are extremely easy to make. The ingredients below are for 12-15 cookies.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, molasses, easy, autumn
Servings: 24
Calories: 109kcal


The dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

The Wet Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 113g) butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar

For dusting the cookies

  • 1/2 cup sugar, poured into a small plastic bag


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Whisk thoroughly and vigorously to remove any lumps. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir just to combine (the dough will be very stiff). Chill the dough for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, adjust oven racks to the upper and lower third positions. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Also, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Tear off tablespoon-size clumps of dough, and roll them, between the palms of your hands, to form balls. Drop a few balls at a time into the bag of sugar, shaking the bag to coat the balls. Continue to form and coat the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through, until the cookies puff, their edges crisp, and their tops develop attractive cracks -- 10-12 minutes. Cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks for further cooling. Enjoy with coffee or tea!


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg