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Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies are rich, sweet, soft, and chewy. A quick roll in coarse sugar gives them their signature look!

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies on a blue plate

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ginger is a flavor that I’ve grown to love. I didn’t care much for it in my younger years, but I like to think I’m making up for lost time these days. And what better way to enjoy a good dose of ginger than with these Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies?

As the name says, these Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies are wonderfully soft. That wonderful texture is a big part of why I like them so much. They’re one of the softest cookies I’ve ever made. They practically melt in your mouth!

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies on a dark wooden surface

The other flavor represented here is molasses. I feel like molasses can be a love it or hate it ingredient. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan in general. But when it comes to these cookies, I’m all in! It’s what helps give these cookies their bold flavor, and I wouldn’t want to change that in the least.

On their own, the cookies aren’t overly sweet. However, they get rolled in sugar before they’re baked so you’ll get a little burst of sweetness when you bite into them. I like to use a coarse sugar for rolling the cookies. I love the way it looks, and it also incorporates a bit of crunch from the sugar crystals.

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies served on a dark blue plate

To shape the cookies, I first use a scoop for portioning. Then I find it’s easy to roll the dough between my palms to form a ball. Give them a little roll in coarse sugar, and you’re all set. They will spread on their own, but I like to flatten the tops slightly to help give them their shape.

If you’re a fan of spiced treats, then I think you’re going to love these Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies. Both the flavor and the texture are fantastic. A favorite ginger treat, for sure!

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Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

Yield about 40 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies are rich, chewy, soft cookies with amazing flavor!

Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies on a blue plate


  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (170g) molasses
  • 2 & 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 & 1/2 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • coarse sugar or granulated sugar, for coating the cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the molasses, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger, and mix until combined.
  4. Add the eggs, and mix well.
  5. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour, mixing just until combined.
  6. Using about a tablespoon of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls. Then roll each in coarse sugar.
  7. Place the cookies on the prepared pans, leaving about 2 & 1/2 inches between them.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. The centers should be soft and puffy, but will fall as they cool.
  9. Cool the cookies on the pan for 10 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.


Recipe slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour.

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    2 Comments on “Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies”

  1. Love your recipes.  Have tried a few but substituted sugar substitutes since we have diabetes in the family.  Turned out great and my family lovesvthem

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