Ginger Molasses Cookies {Soft and Chewy}

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Ginger Molasses Cookies are a classic holiday dessert that everyone loves. This simple but classic recipe combines ginger flavor with a moist and chewy cookie everyone will devour.  You will love adding these to your cookie exchange this year.

If you love gingerbread, make sure to check out my Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies.  These are another family-favorite that are super easy to whip up and share during the busy holiday season!
Soft Molasses cookies stacked on a plate in front of holiday decorations

Ginger Molasses Cookies

These soft and chewy gingerbread molasses cookies are so good and easy to make. Perfect for the holiday season, or whenever you are craving gingerbread cookies.  There are so many great options for gingerbread, but this is my favorite due to the soft and chewy texture.
Whip up some gingerbread white Russian cocktails for the adults at your party to enjoy alongside these cookies.  You can also set out a tray of the Chewbacca gingerbread cookies or Mickey Mouse gingerbread cookies for the kids to have something special just for them.
Gingerbread molasses cookies stacked on a white plate

Can I Freeze These Ginger Molasses Cookies?

I love to freeze extra cookies that might not be eaten before they go bad. Having extra cookies on hand is always a good idea!  Since I have frozen these before, I have two methods I prefer.

My first choice is to freeze the baked cookies so all I have to do is to take them out of the freezer and let them thaw.  This is good for a last-minute treat or for when you have kids who want a cookie on occasion, but you don’t want to bake.

The second option is to freeze the cookie dough.  Either freeze the cookie dough as a whole or scoop the dough into cookie dough balls and then freeze them on a plate or a cookie sheet. Once the cookies dough has frozen, you can put it ina freezer bag or an airtight container. This lets you take as many or as few cookies out when you want to bake them.

Christmas Cookies stacked on a white plate sitting on a red napkin

How Do I Keep these Cookies Soft?

If you want to make sure these cookies stay soft, you will want to make sure that the cookies are stored properly. Make sure the cookies are protected from the air in order to keep them from getting stale and hard. Another idea for soft cookies is to use shortening instead of butter. It is an even swap in the recipe and helps to keep the cookies soft.

If you find that the cookies are hard another option to make them soft again is to microwave them for a few seconds, up to 10 seconds, to make these taste like cookies straight from the oven and make them soft again.

Gingerbread Molasses Cookies stacked on a small white plate

Ingredients You Will Need

(full amounts in recipe box below)

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Molasses
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Baking soda
  • Granulated sugar

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How to Make Gingerbread Molasses Cookies

To begin this cookie dough, you will beat together the butter and sugar until it is light and creamy. Next, you will add in the egg and molasses and continue beating until it is all well-combined.
In a separate large bowl, you will whisk or sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and baking soda. Gradually add this into the wet ingredients ad mix until it forms a dough.
Cover the dough and wrap in plastic wrap then place in the refrigerator overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat your oven and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Using a small scoop or spoon, scoop out the dough and roll into a ball.  You’ll then roll the cookie dough ball in the cup of granulated sugar and place directly onto the baking sheet.  Do this for all of the dough, then bake as directed.
Gingerbread Molasses Cookies stacked on a small white plate
5 from 2 votes

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ginger Molasses Cookies are a classic holiday dessert that everyone loves. This simple but classic recipe combines ginger flavor with a moist and chewy cookie everyone will devour.
Servings: 24
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 12 mins


  • 3/4 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 1 C light brown sugar
  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C sugar


  • Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy
  • Add the egg and molasses and continue beating until well combined
  • Using a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and baking soda
  • Gradually beat until combined the dry ingredients into the wet
  • Cover dough with plastic wrap and place into the fridge overnight
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Using a small ice cream scooper, scoop out some dough and roll into a ball
  • Pour the 1 C of sugar into a bowl
  • Roll the cookie dough into the sugar
  • Place cookie dough ball onto the cookie sheet
  • Repeat step for the remaining cookie dough
  • Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg


Soft Gingerbread Molasses Cookies

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4 comments on “Ginger Molasses Cookies {Soft and Chewy}”

  1. Lori Smolarz

    5 stars
    These ginger molasses cookies are absolutely Amazing! I would Like to know if I can Roll them out make cutouts with this recipe.

  2. Cherri Papastergion

    Oh I enjoy these cookies, thank you for this recipe. I will be making them soon. Special around Christmas time with the grandchildren too.

  3. 5 stars
    Very yummy recipe! I’m inpatient so I didn’t refrigerate overnight, I just mixed them up and baked them right away and they were still delicious!

  4. Another way to keep cookies soft in the cookie jar is if they start to harden put a slice of bread in the cookie jar with the cookies

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