12 Days of Christmas: Molasses Cookies

Oh, molasses. Most children today have no idea what it is. The Molasses Swamp has disappeared from the Candy Land board long ago. Molasses, in all its ooey gooey glory, is pretty tasty. I just wish it wasn’t such a pain to measure out! My friend Stefanie (we go waaaaay back — way back to elementary school!) gave me this recipe two Christmases ago. It’s a favorite recipe in her family and I definitely wanted to give it a try this year.

Stefanie is pretty awesome. We’ve known each other for almost 20 years. We used to be neighbors. We used to carpool to high school together. We still love and hate the same people and wax nostalgic about the fun we had during our childhood. Stefanie also has a great dad — and one of these days I’m going to surprise him with some fresh chocolate cookies on his doorstep.

Molasses Cookies
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1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
3/4 cup butter
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 Tablespoons molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cream butter and sugar; add egg and molasses, blend well. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Form into 1-inch balls, roll in sugar. Place the sugar-coated ball of dough onto the cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass.
4. Bake 10-12 minutes; cool completely on  wire rack.

  • Stefanie - December 3, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    Could there be anything better than a soft molasses cookie? I think not! My dad and I fight over these every year, because of course, no one makes them as good as Alice, the molasses cookie queen :) (her cheesecake is as equally amazing).

    Annie, you’re pretty awesome too! Twenty years!!! Can you believe it?ReplyCancel

  • Cara - July 29, 2012 - 8:22 pm

    So, I recently found a trick to measuring molasses (and peanut butter) that may interest you! Pampered Chef has a measuring cup that slides down to be filled, then you invert over your bowl, press down (like a syringe) and scrape the bottom clean!


    It comes in 1 and 2 cup volumes. Thought you might like the tip!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - November 26, 2012 - 12:15 am

    Hi! I’m going to try these cookies and give them as gift in pretty little tins. So, could you tell me, how many cookies does this recipe yield? Thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • Annie - November 26, 2012 - 10:43 am

      Hi Linda, I can’t remember how many cookies this recipe makes. I’m guessing a couple dozen.ReplyCancel

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