Soft Molasses Cookies


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by Alicia of The Baker Upstairs for I Heart Nap Time.

Hello again, I Heart Nap Time readers! I’m so excited to be part of the Crazy Christmas Event this month! I’m already so inspired and excited for Christmas after seeing so many fun projects and delicious recipes. Christmas is such a fun time of year, and I absolutely love baking treats for family and friends. These soft molasses cookies are a perfect treat to share with someone you love this season. They pair wonderfully with hot chocolate and are sturdy enough to mail to friends and family far away. As much as I love gingerbread, I kind of like that these cookies are a little more mild and less spicy than gingerbread. They’re soft and chewy on the inside, crisp around the edges, and overall they just taste homey and sweet and comforting.

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Another thing that’s great about these cookies is that they are really quick to make. They don’t need to chill in the fridge, so they’re ready in under an hour, which is great during the busy holiday season! They would be perfect for a cookie exchange party or on a platter of treats at a party.  I made them with the intention of taking the extras to work to share with my co-workers, but based on the way my family has been chowing down on them, I have my doubts as to whether any of them will actually leave the house. They’re definitely a new holiday favorite for our family!

Soft Molasses Cookies


12 tablespoons butter

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups + 2 tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

additional sugar, for rolling


Preheat the oven to 375. Line two large baking sheets with parchment or spray with cooking spray. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the molasses, egg, and vanilla until well blended. Add the flour, baking soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and salt, and mix until a soft dough forms. Roll the dough into one inch balls, and roll each ball in sugar. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheets, spacing two inches apart (the cookies will spread quite a bit, so make sure you give them their space!). Bake 8-10 minutes and let cool on the pan 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

adapted from Made To Be A Mama

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Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day. I’m also into photography and graphic design, and I love learning new things. I’d love for you to stop by The Baker Upstairs and say hi!

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  1. Kathleen+@+Yummy+Crumble posted on November 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm (#

    These look yummy…probably even more yummy with hot chocolate :)

  2. Michelle posted on November 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm (#

    These sound amazing! I bought molasses for another recipe and have a ton left, this recipe will be perfect to use it up!

  3. Coleen posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:14 am (#

    These cookies have such great memories attached to them! My Grandma used to make these EVERY Christmas!