These Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies are a classic holiday cookie. They're sure to become a staple in your holiday baking traditions!
We make a lot of cookies in our house. A LOT. And when the holidays come up, our KitchenAid mixer and oven work overtime!
We have certain cookies that we love to make year after year
- Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
- Soft Gingerbread Cookies for Decorating
- Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Shortbread Cookies
- Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
But at the very top of that list? These Soft, Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies. We LOVE these cookies so much! And, they're a big hit with everyone we share them with over the holidays.
Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
These molasses cookies are perfect for the holiday season.
- Each bite has classic holiday gingerbread flavor.
- The recipe makes a lot - about 48 cookies - which makes it great for cookie exchanges and holiday parties.
- They are EASY to make.
- These cookies are just the right size: enough to satisfy your sweet tooth but not too huge, chunky, or full of too many competing ingredients.
- These pack well and ship well - perfect for mailing to friends and family in holiday care packages!
- They're easy to gift in cute bakery packages as holiday gifts.
What you need to make these holiday cookies
To make this recipe, you only need a few ingredients. And they're ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry.
- all-purpose flour
- ground ginger
- ground cinnamon
- baking soda
- butter - use butter that is softened to room temperature
- coconut sugar
- granulated sugar
- sprinkling sugar to coat the cookies
The one exception to standard pantry ingredients might be the coconut sugar. I always have some in our pantry, and often sub it for regular sugar to cut down on the amount of processed sugar we eat.
In this recipe, I use half coconut sugar and half cane sugar. This cuts down the processed sugar but keeps a nice balance of flavors in the sweetness.
You can use all granulated sugar instead, and the results are similar. However, I have to say: I love the extra rich flavor that the coconut sugar adds!
How to Make Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
These cookies come together pretty quickly, which is always a plus in my book!
I use the bottom of a measuring cup to gently tap down on the individual rolled cookie balls before baking.
How many cookies does this recipe make?
This recipe makes approximately 4 dozen cookies, and can be doubled easily. This is an awesome cookie for holiday cookie exchanges!
How long does it take to bake these cookies?
Baking time will vary depending on your oven, but also on the type of baking sheet you have, based on my personal experience.
If you are baking on a light-colored baking pan, your baking time may be between 10 and 15 minutes.
If you are baking on a Silpat or darker baking sheet, your baking time may be closer to 8 to 12 minutes.
Can you freeze ginger molasses cookies?
Yes! These cookies freeze well and ship well.
To freeze, you can either freeze the cookie dough before baking for up to one month. Or, bake the cookies and then let them cool completely before freezing in airtight containers for up to two months.
More Holiday Cookie Recipes
- The Best Soft Gingerbread Cookies
- Cinnamon Spritz Cookies
- Easy Lemon Crinkle Cookies
- Best Soft Almond Sugar Cookies Ever!
What are some of your favorite Go To holiday cookies each year?
PS: if you're looking for a fun and easy kid-friendly holiday activity, try making my DIY Baking Soda Ornaments!
Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
- In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flour, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
- In a mixing stand, cream together the butter and both sugars for at least 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
- Add in the egg, mix until blended.
- Add in molasses and mix until fully blended.
- Slowly add in the dry ingredients, ¼ cup at a time, and only mix until all ingredients are well blended. Be careful not to over mix.
- Shape dough into a disc shape and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes to one hour.
- Remove from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes, until soft enough to roll easily.
- Form small round balls and roll in raw sugar.
- Place on prepared baking sheet and gently tap down.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8 - 12 minutes until slightly golden brown.
- Makes approximately 4 dozen.
This recipe was first published on Urban Bliss Life on December 26, 2014. It was updated December 2, 2020 with new photos, and more helpful baking information.