Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ginger Molasses Cookies
Deep dark ginger molasses cookies are spicy and delightful and deserved to be savored slowly. Their chewy, soft texture makes these a perfect bite with coffee or even perhaps scotch straight up. This is a grown up cookie that will have you reaching for more.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Deep, dark and gingery is what sets this cookie apart from others. Yes, it does contain chocolate, but it isn’t the chocolate that hooks you. It’s the spiciness of the ginger, that makes this ginger molasses cookie so delightful in these colder months. This soft and chewy cookie is meant to warm your insides. Not too sweet and not too spicy, you should be a ginger lover if you want to try these.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Planning a variety of cookies for gifting requires a bit of thought. In my case I think of who I might be gifting these too. I always plan something sweet and basic because everyone loves the traditional cookie. Oatmeal or chocolate chip anyone? Then I like to make one with spice, and ginger cookies are different than spice cookies. But be careful, because mixing too many cookies in the same box can be a disaster. Soft cookies dry out when mixed with crisp cookies and strong flavors can easily be absorbed by other cookies. You don’t want the chocolate chips, tasting like ginger, do you? I didn’t think so.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

In my opinion, it is best to seperate cookies to avoid the above consequences. I know…lots of wrapping and yes it is ok to put them on one big plate if you think they will be eaten right away. If not, think of neutral cookies and textures that all blend well together. Shortbread nuggets are crispy and do well in their own jar, but mixed on a plate with these ginger molasses cookies could spell disaster for both. Consider this when baking cookies. So far I’ve made two different types of icebox cookies that I can package together. I’ve made a couple of drop cookies that will get their own plate. And then the spicy cookies will get theirs. Last but not least I always make some sort of candy whether it’s fudge or bark or brittle. Plus you can always add some slices of fruitcake if you like.

Enjoy these ginger molasses cookies with a friend. Or even your husband! Sip something warm and take a minute to relax. These cookies are perfect for that.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

There are so many varieties of ginger and molasses cookies. Check out these: Chewy Gingersnaps from That Skinny Chick Can Bake and from Saving Room for Dessert are these cute ginger molasses cookies filled with caramel.

My favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookies

My Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

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Ginger Molasses Cookies

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Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ginger Molasses Cookies

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: About 40 Cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American



1 stick or 1/2 c unsalted butter

1 T freshly grated ginger or from the tube

1 1/2 c flour

1/2 c cocoa powder

2 t baking soda

1 t cinnamon

1 t ground ginger

1 t kosher salt

1/3 c sugar

1/2 c molasses

1 large egg

Sanding sugar


Heat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment.

Melt butter. Add fresh ginger. Let stand a few minutes while you prepare the dough.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt.

In a medium bowl whisk sugar, molasses, egg and ginger butter. Using a spatula, slowly mix into dry ingredients, until no dry spots remain.

At this point you may need to chill your dough. (I did.) When mixture is able, roll small balls of dough, about the size of a quarter.) Roll the balls in sanding sugar and place on prepared baking sheets.

Bake until just puffed and baked through about 6-8 minutes. Cool before eating!

Store for  few days wrapped tightly at room temperature.


Thanks New York Times.

Keywords: cookies, ginger molasses cookies, ginger cookies, molasses cookies, holiday baking, holiday cookies


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  • Liz
    December 21, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Oooh, I love the sparkly sugar! Makes these ginger cookies even more festive!!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      December 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Sparkly sugar is so much fun! Thanks Liz!

  • Healthy World Cuisine
    December 13, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Chewy molasses cookies are our favorite cookie! Happy Holidays to you!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      December 15, 2018 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Bobbi. I now think they are one of mine too!

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    December 13, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Pinning. These really sound good Abbe.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      December 15, 2018 at 9:27 am

      They are good Lea Ann! And thanks!

  • Susan
    December 12, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Decked out for the prettiest at the party even though they have to be separated from the rest of the guests 😉 I love gingerbread cookies!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      December 12, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      You are so funny! But it’s true!

  • Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef
    December 12, 2018 at 8:01 am

    I love the spices in your ginger molasses cookie. You brought up a good point that you can’t store cookies together. I keep all my cookies in different tins .

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      December 12, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      It’s a pain, but so worth it. After all that time baking, it is a smart idea! Thanks Gerlinde!

  • Holly
    December 12, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Ginger and molasses are the perfect combination this time of year! Love the sprinkles too.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      December 12, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Everything tastes better with sprinkles!

  • angiesrecipes
    December 11, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    They look so very adorable with pinky sprinkles…a must for cookie tray 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      December 12, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks Angie. I do love those sprinkles even though they were specified for Valentine’s Day!

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    December 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    These look gorgeous — such a pretty cookie. And I LOVE ginger in cookies — nice and zingy. Thanks!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      December 12, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks John. Then you will love these cookies!

  • Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    December 11, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    LOVE these beautiful cookies Abbe. I don’t know if I could really eat them slowly – but I could try. You can’t beat a great ginger cookie. Pinned!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      December 12, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks Tricia! This is a really good ginger cookie and I love how soft they are!