Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

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These Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies have been my go-to molasses crinkles recipe for a good number of years.  They turn out perfect every time!

Platter of Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

There are some cookie recipes you just like to make every year during the holidays because everyone loves them.  These Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies are one of those cookie recipes.  Since they’re easy to freeze (instructions toward the end of this post), they’re a good one to store in the freezer and take out as you want to share them during the holiday season.  There are always people stopping by or visiting during the holidays, so it’s good to have cookies ready to go!

If you’re one who likes a good holiday party or cookie exchange party, these cookies are a good choice for parties too.  They’re a nice molasses flavored cookie with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg added in.  And I love the chewy texture of these cookies too.  They are also known as Molasses Crinkles.

Stack of Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

What’s the best kind of molasses to use for these Molasses Crinkles?

Dark, sticky, sweet molasses is great for cookies, and it pairs nicely with warm spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.  You’ll be looking for unsulphured molasses for these cookies.  You want to use “original” molasses- light or dark molasses.  Don’t buy Blackstrap molasses as that will have more of a bitter flavor and isn’t as sweet.  Light or dark molasses is best for making Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies.

Where do you find molasses at the store?

Locating molasses at your grocery store can be tricky if you don’t buy it often.  Since molasses is technically a syrup, it’s usually shelved with the maple syrup.  Look for it there first!  Some stores may stock it in the baking aisle too.

Stack of Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Can you freeze Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies?

Yes, these cookies freeze well.  So feel free to make them ahead and store them in the freezer!

Store the cookies in single layers inside a sealable, airtight container with parchment or wax paper in between layers to stack. When thawing your frozen Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies, take them out of the container and let sit at room temperature so condensation doesn’t form and make them soggy.

Plate of Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

If you’re looking for more holiday cookie recipes, you might also like to try my Strawberry Sandwich Cookies or these Holiday Nuggets. Candy Cane Kiss Cookies, Reindeer Cookies and Cranberry- Orange Shortbread Cookies are also nice holiday cookies.

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5 from 17 votes

Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

These are a delicious molasses spice cookie with perfect crinkles!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 90kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword molasses cookies, molasses crinkles, molasses spice cookies


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • cups granulated white sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and the remaining 1 cup of sugar until combined. Beat in the egg and then the molasses until combined. Reduce the speed to low; gradually mix in the dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.
  • Use 1 tablespoon of dough to roll into balls. Roll the balls in the reserved sugar to coat.
  • Arrange the balls on the prepared baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until the edges are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool 1 minute on baking sheets and then transfer to racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container, 3 to 4 days.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  • Zoey wrote:

    INCREDIBLE cookies!! made these on a rainy day and had to hold myself back from eating them all. They come out of the oven gorgeous! If you are thinking about making these GO FOR IT! My baking mind was thinking you had to cream the butter and the sugar but i reread the instructions and luckily caught myself before it was too late xD !

  • Darlene wrote:

    Love Love Love these! Thank you!

  • Joline wrote:

    These were perfect molasses cookies! No matter which cookie sheet I used, all batches came out perfectly! This recipe is definitely a keeper for me. Makes wonderful chewy cookies!

  • Stephanie Manley wrote:

    These were a big hit at my cookie exchange!

  • Erin wrote:

    These are my favorite Christmas cookies!

  • Erin wrote:

    These cookies are a staple during the holidays. I love that they are chewy.

  • Toni wrote:

    My kids devoured a whole batch in minutes! They loved it!

  • Natalie wrote:

    I love molasses cookies! Looks so delicious and perfect for Christmas!

  • Barbara Schieving wrote:

    The perfect molasses cookie.

  • Brenda wrote:

    Christmas was meant for chewy molasses cookies. Love this recipe!

  • Aysegul Sanford wrote:

    This was such a great cookie recipe. My family devoured it and asked for more. Making it again on the weekend. Thank you!!

  • Sommer wrote:

    My absolute favorite kind of cookie!

  • Liz wrote:

    LOVE, love these cookies! The flavor is phenomenal!!

  • Tanya Schroeder wrote:

    I love a good molasses cookie, and chewy is the best!

  • Cinnamon Vogue wrote:

    Nicely done easy recipe. These looks so similar to Sri Lanka Ginger biscuits. Uncanny but they also put Ginger powder and what is called Kithul treacle which you cannot get here unfortunately but is equivalent to Molasses I guess. But this has Cinnamon, hopefully Ceylon Cinnamon so we will give it full points. I kind of like them soggy too.

  • Melissa wrote:

    The texture of these cookies makes them irresistible!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    I think these just may be my new favorite cookies!

  • Jennifer Farley wrote:

    Perfection! These have me in the holiday cookie spirit!

  • CJ wrote:

    Fantastic!! Even I couldn’t screw up the recipe – they are Perfect!! I will be making them all the time and bringing them everywhere!!! Thank you!!!!