How to make Soft Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies Recipe from scratch! These are one of our favorite easy cookie recipes great for Christmas or any day of the year.
Soft Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies Recipe
These are my absolute favorite cookies! They are soft and oh so delicious!
I love that even though they are made from scratch they are so dang easy to make. These soft molasses cookies are the perfect comfort food or gift during the holidays.
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Ground cinnamon
You can use a stand mixer or electric mixer to mix this dough together.
Don't forget to preheat the oven to 350 degrees...I have done this and it is never fun.
I like to line my baking sheets with parchment paper to make sure the cookies do not stick and are super easy to remove.
I use a cookie scoop to get even sized cookies. Then roll the dough into a ball before rolling in sugar. Try to coat the dough as much as you can with sugar while still maintaining the ball shape.
These old fashioned molasses cookies are light and fluffy and oh so delicious!
Duff Goldman Baking Tips
1. I always use a cooking spray to coat my pans when baking a cake. Some bakers say it ruins your pans, but the exact opposite is true. Cooking sprays season your pans, and if you use one like Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray which has a high smoking point, your cakes will never burn from overheated oil.
2. Don't over-work your flour! Gluten is the protein in flour so when you mix dough and batter for too long, the protein chain just gets stronger and stronger and you end up with cookies and pastries that are too chewy and not tender. Think bagels. Do you want a muffin with the chewiness of a bagel? Of course not.
3. When a recipe says to scrape down the sides of the bowl when mixing dough or batter, DO IT! If not, you'll end up with a big bit of baking soda or salt in your finished product because your product wasn't mixed well. Yum!
4. Almost always under-bake your products by a few minutes. Everything keeps baking for a bit outside of the oven, so if you pull your baked goods when they are done, they will over-bake.
5. Pastry flour, cake flour, all-purpose flour, and bread flour are all different things. Learn what they are and when to use each and your baking will improve immensely.
Great Cookie Recipes
Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
- ¾ cup Butter
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup Molasses
- 2 Tablespoon Milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon Salt
- White Sugar for coating the cookie dough
- Cream butter and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg, molasses, milk and vanilla
- Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt
- Gradually add in flour mixture to sugar mixture
- Roll into 1 ¼ inch balls, roll in sugar, place on sprayed baking sheets
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-14 minutes until tops crack and edges are slightly firm.
- Cool on wire racks
Recipe originally shared on December 5, 2013. Updated September 2020.
oh my! those look amazing and will be great for my cookie swap!
Your cookies look wonderful, and I have used that spray before. It's great!
I haven't seen that yet!! I like it's a spray!
I love molasses cookies, they are so good. This recipe looks pretty easy. I have never see grape seed oil in a spray before.
Mmm, those cookies look so good. I will definitely have to try the recipe and the grapeseed oil, too. Thanks for the recipe.
Wow, those look like they turned out absolutely perfect! We always make molasses cookies at Christmas time. Yum!
Molasses cookies are some of my very favorite! And you know, I always spray my measuring cup for things like peanut butter, but I never thought to do it with the molasses! Thanks for the tip.
i'm all about molasses lately! even making my own brown sugar!!
i need to get some of this grapeseed oil
Those cookies are the best looking molasses cookies I've seen in a long time. Yum! Also, those are excellent tips by Duff!
Great post, I really want to give the grapeseed oil a try. I am curious as to what flavor it will add to the food I cook.
Those cookies look amazing. They are definitely perfect for the season.
I really like the flavor of Molasses. I bet these cookies are great!
I'll have to look for the Grapeseed oil. I want to eat the molasses cookie dough. It looks so good! (so do the baked ones!)
Molasses cookies are some of my favorite!
Those cookies look amazing!! That is such a smart tip to spray your measuring cup before scooping the sticky ingredients. I bet that would help so much with shortening, too.
I have yet to work with grapeseed oil but have been seeing lots of great things about it. I am tempted to check my local store the next time I am there and give it a chance. I love baking with new oils to see which is the best for each project.
Brandy, This was my first time using Pompeian Grapeseed Oil and I am hooked. I love the high smoke point and coverage from the bottle.
I'm yet to attempt baking with grapeseed oil but have heard the cookies turn out pretty yum!