Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Sunday, October 18, 2020
The smell of old-fashioned molasses cookies baking is just a fabulous childhood memory that I to remember my mom baking them back in the late 1960s.

The soft chewy molasses cookie with the flavors of cinnamon and spice makes them totally addicting and unforgettable.

It was very hard to let them cool down before taking a bite out of one after smelling their fragrant aroma while baking they're so delicious.

These are still a family favorite and never make it to the cookie jar they're gone so fast.

I also have been told many times these cookies taste a lot like the famous Archway cookies you find in most supermarkets today.

Back in Central N.Y. with the first snowfall and the holidays upon us, I looked forward to knowing these were number one on mom's holiday cookie list to bake.

Sometime around the age of 6, I also remember mom's friends always had a plate of these on their tables too, it must have been one of the most popular cookies to make back then!

If you love molasses do try these and some of our other family old style favorites like Pumpkin Spice, Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies, and of course the Everything Cowboy Cookie.

Scroll down to get this easy homemade scratch cookie recipe and it's printable!

these are old fashioned molasses cookies and cut in half to see the inside the rest on a white plate

these are 4 molasses cookies on a white plate

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Just when you think you have the best recipe, you pull out one from the 1940s and it's still the best cookie recipe ever.

Mom made these cookies when I was a child and no matter what new recipe I try I always go back to this vintage molasses cookie recipe.

These cookies are chewy inside and have a spicy taste that is truly addicting you just can't stop eating them.

The cookies taste great plain or iced like those big thick store-bought Archway cookies but these homemade are so much better.

these are 4 cookies on a white plate with powdered sugar on top

Other Additions(using 1/2 cup)

  • raisins
  • peanut butter chips
  • white or chocolate chips
  • craisins
  • nuts of any kind
  • chopped dates

these are baked molasses cookies cooling


  • try cinnamon and sugar mixture on top before baking
  • for a festive looking cookie sprinkle icing with colored sugars
  • do not over mix the batter
  • leave them plain or add after baked with icing
  • for chewy cookies bake until set
  • use an ice cream scoop to make them all the same size
  • for thicker cookies don't flatten them
  • add maple flavoring to the icing for a different taste
  • always preheat the oven

these are raw molasses cookies ready to bake on silpat mat

Several Garnishing Ideas

  1. iced after baking
  2. cinnamon and sugar before baking
  3. powdered sugar after baking
  4. white sugar before baking
  5. topped with colored sugars or sprinkles for a holiday theme

this is molasses cookie dough

Ingredients You Will Need(scroll down to the printable recipe card for exact measurements)

  • molasses
  • egg
  • butter
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • flour
  • brown sugar
  • ginger, cinnamon, or allspice

these are cookies on plate getting sprinkled with powdered sugar


  1. parchment paper
  2. baking sheet
  3. ice cream scoop
  4. measuring cups
  5. measuring spoons
  6. bowl
  7. spatula
  8. mixing spoons

this is a stack of 3 molasses cookies

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Addicting Cookies

I will warn you ahead of time, these are addicting so make a double batch they'll fly off the cookie sheet.

Seriously, if you love the cooler weather this will always be the first cookie you make when there is a nip in the air for that comforting old-fashioned taste.

This is also always the most asked for cookie around the Christmas holiday season to bake.

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 14 MinTotal time: 24 Min
Thick and chewy old fashioned molasse cookies are a childhood favorite memory. They remind me of the archway cookies when I was growing up. This is a super easy recipe.


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted then cooled
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground  allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Garnish: powdered sugar
  • Optional Frosting:
  • 1 -  1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons milk as needed
  • Garnish Suggestions: These can be sprinkled with granulated white sugar before baking or after baking dusted with powdered sugar or with a  thin icing on top.


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line your cookies sheets with either a Silpat mat or parchment paper
  3. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, molasses, egg, and vanilla for around 3 minutes.
  4. Mix in the flour slowly on stir with the baking soda, all the spices, and salt.
  5. Note: This dough can be used for a cutout cookie or drop the cookie method. See below for my method.
  6. Using a medium-sized ice cream scoop, ( for uniform-sized cookies) roll into a ball and place it on the baking sheet until all the dough is formed. (or roll thin and use a cookie cutter).
  7. I take a glass with sugar on the bottom to flatten slightly.
  8. If you leave them without flattening a little they will be much thicker.
  9. Either way, they are great.
  10. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes cool completely then sprinkle with powdered sugar or make the frosting and spread with icing
  11. Options: Sprinkle with granulated sugar if you prefer or garnish later with either powdered sugar or icing.



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  1. They look soft and chewy. A must for the holidays!

  2. I love love molasses cookies and always make some version at Christmas time! Your thick and chewy ones sound perfect and a must try!

  3. Definitely a classic that brings back memories. They look amazing and I like the sugar on top.

  4. Molasses cookies are some of my favorites, and these ones are the best! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  5. I truly love a good molasses cookie and glad to see you added all those glorious spices to this recipe.

  6. Definitely making this molasses cookies soon, love baking cookies and using classic recipes. I will come back and let you know how fun it was.

  7. Ooooh these are so good! Super flavorful and the texture is spot on!


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