Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

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    These soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies are guaranteed going to be the softest and chewiest cookies you'll ever make!

    These soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies are guaranteed going to be the softest and chewiest cookies you’ll ever make!

    The softest and chewiest ginger molasses cookies you'll ever make! Recipe on

    The softest and chewiest ginger molasses cookies you'll ever make! Recipe on

    It’s so depressing to be back in DC after an amazing weekend in Austin. Not to mention we’re getting 4-6 inches of snow today. The weather in Austin was spectacular. I don’t even know how to emphasize how amazing Austin was. I seriously have a heavy heart thinking about the fact that we were just there and we had to already come back home so quickly. We want to go back and we want to move there. I think there’s a greater possibility now of convincing Jason to move there than there was before we went. He’s fallen in love with the city and well, I always knew it was a gem, so there’s no need to convince me. I cannot wait to share with y’all ALL the food we ate and everything we did. It’ll probably be three separate posts but man, it’s so worth it. I’m not kidding you, we ate so much on Saturday that I ended up throwing up later that night. I know, TMI, but that’s just how much there is to eat in Austin! Sadly, I did not find my lover boy, but what’s even more upsetting is that I found out later that he was TWO MILES from where I was on Saturday morning.

    ANYWAY, much more on Austin in a few weeks. Let’s talk cookies! Super soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies, that is!

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    I know cookie season is pretty much gone and I probably should’ve posted these around Christmas time but alas, other recipes got in the way. Any time is a good time for cookies though, right? Especially soft and chewy cookies. Best combination ever. And the best combination of molasses cookies is the ginger spice. These cookies have it all. They are INCREDIBLY soft. Don’t the pictures show how pillowy they look? And the chew. You wouldn’t think these guys had that chewy bakery type cookie to them, but they do! I was really surprised. I also loved the perfect balance of molasses and spice these cookies had. I couldn’t get enough of them. Even after five days, these cookies were soft as pillows!

    I brought a whole dozen and half of these to my wedding photographer’s spa day she had for her 2013 brides and us KJ brides could kill some cookies! A bunch of ladies even took some for the car ride home! I was really happy everyone enjoyed them as much as Jason and I did. Thankfully, this recipe makes over three dozen cookies so we were happily eating these for days :)

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    Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

    The perfect holiday cookie! These soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies are guaranteed going to be the softest and chewiest cookies you'll ever make!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 3 dozen
    Calories: 177kcal
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    • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
    • 2 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
    • 1/2 cup molasses
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 4 tsp baking soda
    • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp ground cloves
    • 1 tsp ground ginger
    • 1 tsp salt


    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt, and set aside.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until combined. Add in the molasses and eggs and mix until incorporated.
    • Slowly add in the flour mixture to the bowl of the stand mixer and mix until all is combined.
    • Fill a small bowl with about 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
    • Using a medium-sized cookie scoop (or 1 1/2 tbsp.), form dough into balls then gently roll them in the granulated sugar. Place onto baking sheets, about 2-inches apart. Repeat until all the cookie dough has been used up.
    • Bake for 10 minutes (they will still look soft and undercooked but they cook while they cool and you want them to stay soft and chewy so remove them!) then let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


    From Gimme Some Oven
    Nutrition Facts
    Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
    Amount Per Serving (1 Cookie)
    Calories 177 Calories from Fat 72
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 8g12%
    Carbohydrates 24g8%
    Sugar 15g17%
    Protein 2g4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • Jessica says:

    Just made these they are wonderfull everyone likes them including my neighbours and family this is going to be a monthly cookie recipe for sure

    • Julie says:

      So glad everyone likes them!

  • Jennifer says:

    Just made these earlier today with my oldest daughter. I told her we could take some for her teachers tomorrow, but now I wish I hadn’t said that because I want to eat ALL of them! My husband isn’t a huge gingerbread cookie fan, but he loved them too. So glad I found this recipe and your blog.

    • Julie says:

      They’re just so good!! I’m so glad you found my blog :)

  • KathyB says:

    OMG!! I made a smaller cookie and my husband and I ate over 4 dz in TWO DAYS!! It’s Christmas Eve day and we just took made the 2nd batch wrapping them up to give away as we went!!

    • Julie says:

      Haha, these are definitely the most addicting cookies!

  • Sherie H. says:

    I LOVE this recipe!!! These cookies have been the talk of the town since the holiday season. I’m so glad I found it! Thanks

    • Julie says:

      These are my favorite for holiday time too :) so soft!

  • Lydia says:

    Made these today, they were GREAT!! The dough was a little dry and crumbly but when I rolled then into one and a half tbs balls I would squish it together and it worked out. When I took them out of the oven they didn’t look exactly like your pictures but they tasted fabulous. :)

  • Lauren says:

    Hi. These are amazing. Where can I get the nutrition information for these?

    • Jennifer says:

      These are just great. My kids adored them. It’s nice to have a change from chocolate chip too. Thanks so much for this keeper!

  • sandra savoie says:

    Although I love the taste ,I found they spread out to much,making them thin .It’s almost like there is too much butter or not enough flour

    • Julie says:

      If they’re spreading out too much, put the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes and then scoop, roll, and bake! Will help the spreading out :) it’s probably just over-warm batter that’s causing your cookies to spread too much.

  • Mia says:

    Really awesome cookies! I cut this recipe in half, used all brown sugar, and doubled the molasses. The cookies look just like the photo and are soft and chewy inside with just a little bit of crunch on the very edges. After making these, I would consider cutting the salt in half (and I usually choose savory over sweet). I’ll definitely make these cookies again – maybe I’ll try adding a pinch of cardamom next time.

  • Naomi says:

    I just took these out of the oven and they’re amazing!!!! I had planned to freeze some and serve in Christmas Day, but I doubt any will be left by tomorrow!!! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Judy says:

    Very good and easy. They were very sticky to roll in hand so I refrigerated them first, much easier that way

  • Marie Buzzell says:

    I want to make these but only have Maragine would that work or not

    • Julie says:

      I am not sure how margarine works in baking. I feel like it would be okay but I can’t guarantee that since I’ve never used it in baking before.

      • Marie Buzzell says:

        Thank you

  • Fabulous says:

    These cookies came out good. However, they did not taste like ginger cookies. They tasted like clove cookies. The amount of clove used for this recipe should only be 1/2 tsp or even 1/4 tsp. Then you should make the ginger 2 tsp.
    If you want to keep the clove content the same, make the ginger 2 1/2 tsp or even 3 tsp so that you can really get the full ginger taste.
    I will use this recipe again for the future because it yields a good cookie but it does not taste like ginger.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Fabulous, everyone has different taste preferences and personally to me, I’ve made these cookies many times and they’ve turned out great. The other comments have yielded the same. If you feel that you should change up the spice measurements, feel free to do so to suit your tastes. I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe otherwise.

  • Pat says:

    I made these for the second time today . They are a hit. Thanks for posting this delicious cookie!

  • Michele Jecter says:

    I followed the recipe exactly and even refrigerated the dough. They still came out flatter than a pancake. They taste good but I would prefer if they would look like they do in the picture. Please help.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Could you elaborate what you did? I know you said you followed the recipe exactly but there has got to be something else that went wrong. How old is your baking soda?

  • Julie w says:

    Our first attempt yielded a slightly puffy cookie- Cakey in the middle. Not flat. Any tips on what might have happened? About to make another batch for dessert for thanksgiving. Help?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      hi, sorry for the delay and i realize this is far too late. i was on holiday. these are supposed to be a puffy in the center and not flat.

  • Kristina says:

    I’ve made these a few times and they are the best cookie I’ve ever made and my absolute favorite! Everyone raves about them. Such a delicious combination!

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