Molasses Cookies: Spiced and Spiked

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An easy recipe for spiced molasses cookies

I’m not big into cookies but these molasses cookies make me rethink my obsession with cake. They’re chewy and soft, spiced and spiked – perfect in every way. It’s pretty safe to say that molasses cookies are our favorite cookies, although A would probably say that they vie for #1 with chocolate chip cookies. Not for me, though. I remember the first time I tried molasses cookies (oddly enough, I was an adult) – A’s parents had bought several dozen from a local Amish store and they were dipped in a white chocolate coating on one end while the other end was pure molasses cookie. I had my suspicions that they were made with margarine (or maybe lard?) but admittedly, they were fantastic. They made quite the impression on us and we were both ecstatic when this recipe came about. Using straight up butter, these cookies maintained their chewiness and soft texture for several days. If they last that long. I like to add Grand Marnier to the dough because we love our Grand Marnier but you can sub in another orange liqueur if you prefer. And since today is probably THE gloomiest, most dreariest day of the year (we experienced snow yesterday and it’s been raining today since the wee hours of the morning), I just may whip up another batch. Nothing like fresh baked goods to chase the winter blues away.

An easy recipe for spiced molasses cookies

Molasses Cookies: Spiced and Spiked

Molasses cookies spiced with cinnamon, cloves and allspice

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 T fresh ginger, grated
  • 3/4 c butter
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T Grand Marnier (or orange liqueur)
  • 1/4 c molasses

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, use a fork to mix together flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk butter and brown sugar together until smooth.
  4. Add egg and blend for 1 minute.
  5. Add liqueur and molasses and blend another minute. 
  6. Add butter-sugar mixture to flour mixture and stir until fully incorporated.
  7. Freeze dough for about 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from freezer and using a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop dough by the tablespoon on to ungreased baking sheets.
  9. Flatten slightly with fingertips.
  10. Bake cookies for 15-16 minutes.
  11. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute and then remove and cool on cooling racks. 

Notes

If dough becomes too soft and "melty", put back in the freezer for a few minutes.

An easy recipe for spiced molasses cookies
An easy recipe for spiced molasses cookies
An easy recipe for spiced molasses cookies
An easy recipe for spiced molasses cookies
Grace

A travel photographer and writer with an insatiable desire to explore the world and inspire others to see it for themselves.

7 Comments

  1. February 16, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    While chocolate chip are my fav cookie of all time, I think these would be a nice change. I may try them out on my husband’s sailing crew next time I make lunch for the team 🙂

    Monica.

  2. Alyssa Ponticello
    February 16, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous! Chocolate chip cookies are always #1 in my heart, but every once in a while I like to switch it up with something chewy and delicious, and these look like they fit the bill! Love the addition of the Grand Marnier, too!

  3. February 16, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    I’ve actually never had molasses cookies, but now desperately want to eat a bunch of them while I sit at my desk. They look so tasty and chewy! Also, this gloomy weather makes it the perfect excuse to chow down on some sweets.

    Baubles to Bubbles

  4. Emily Billing
    February 17, 2016 / 3:46 am

    They look delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had a molassas cookie, but you’ve inspired me to track down molassas in Australia and give them a go!

    Em xx

    • February 18, 2016 / 2:46 am

      You definitely should! Molasses cookies are addictive!

  5. Jackie
    February 17, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Geez, snow and rain.?! That sounds treacherous, I would have stayed in too! I love spice cookies. And these look delicious, they remind me of the spice cookies my mom makes minus the molasses. Did you use dark or light molasses?
    Hope the weather improves!

    xo, jackie
    stylemydreams.com

    • February 18, 2016 / 2:44 am

      Dark molasses! Now you have me wondering how different it is to bake with light molasses….