5 from 1 vote

Molasses Cookies Recipe

This makes old-fashioned cut-out molasses cookies that you can decorate with sprinkles or icing, if you wish.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 36
Calories: 86
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses, not blackstrap
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in a little bit of hot water
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • In a medium heavy bottom saucepan, boil first seven ingredients (butter through ginger) until the butter is melted, the mixture is boiling rapidly, and everything is well combined.
  • Remove saucepan from the heat and stir in the baking soda mixture and let cool for a few (about 5) minutes.
  • While the mixture is cooling, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder and set it aside.
  • Stir the egg into the molasses mixture and then stir in the flour mixture until it is well blended.
  • Place the saucepan in the refrigerator to cool thoroughly. (This will take about 1 hour.)
  • When you are ready to bake the cookies, make sure one of your oven racks is in the middle of the oven and preheat your oven to 350F degrees. Line your cookie sheets with silicone liners, parchment paper, or nonstick foil or lightly grease them and set them aside.
  • Scoop the dough out onto a floured surface and then roll it to 1/2-inch thickness. (Sprinkle the dough lightly with flour to prevent sticking.)
  • Cut the dough into shapes with your favorite cookie cutters and place on the prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until set, and then remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 to 2 minutes before transferring your cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Once completely cool, store your cookies in an airtight container with a slice of soft bread to keep them soft.

Recipe Notes

This recipe yields about 3 dozen soft molasses cookies, but will vary greatly depending on the size and shape of cookie cutters used.
To keep these cookies soft, store them in an airtight container. Add a couple of slices of cut apple if you plan on keeping them around long—it will help keep them soft.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *2
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *4
Nutrition Facts
Molasses Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookies)
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.8g4%
Carbohydrates 14.3g5%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Protein 1.3g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: from scratch molasses cookies, old-fashioned molasses cookies