Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies

If could only eat one cookie (such a sad thought), this would be it!  It’s my favorite recipe and I’ve been baking these for years; especially during the holidays.  The sugar gives the outside a nice crunch while the inside stays soft and chewy with a rich molasses flavor.  Another bonus, you don’t have to chill the dough…woo hoo for instant gratification!


***Note: I baked a double batch.  I needed lots of cookies to give as gifts:)  The pictures show a doubled recipe.  The typed recipe at the bottom this page is for a single batch of cookies.

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  Set aside.


With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and 1 cup of the granulated sugar.


Mix in the eggs, molasses, and vanilla extract.


Turn the speed down to low and gradually add your dry flour mixture until the dough forms.



Form dough into balls and roll in the sparkling sugar.  It’s ok to sub granulated sugar:)



Place on cookie sheets.


Bake for 10-15 minutes.  (I baked mine for 10 minutes.)


Let cookies rest on cookie sheets for 5 minutes.  Then transfer to cooling racks.


Serve and enjoy!



2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup white sparkling sugar (or granulated sugar)
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 t vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup white sparkling sugar; set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat butter and one cup of granulated sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses and vanilla extract until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.

Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sparkling sugar to coat.
Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 5 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

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  • Sarah @ KS Runner

    Theses look so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you like them!

  • foxrunsfast

    Umm…YUM. These look delicious! Darn it! Now I must bake and eat immediately! :-) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Theyre my favorite…hope you like them!

  • joannaraines

    Wow! These look great!!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks!! Its my favorite cookie recipe:)

  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    I’m always up for an excuse to pull out the stand mixer, Jen; I love that thing! I have no doubt these will be fantastic, even though my baking skills are only about half of yours; I can count on your recipes to be delish! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      These are really easy and so good!!

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  • Teresa Cox

    I want to make these but have a question. Your pictures show 2 eggs but the recipe only has one egg. Which should I use? Thanks and Merry Christmas!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      In the picture, i was baking a double batch. The typed recipe at the bottom is for a single batch. Sorry for the confussion:)

      • Teresa Cox

        Thank you!!!

      • Teresa Cox

        Sorry I missed that part! Baking them now!

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