Christmas Molasses Cookies

These are the best Christmas molasses cookies you can make, even Santa loves them!

A plate filled with molasses Cookes and a glass of milk on the table.

One of the sweetest traditions we make sure to do each Christmas, is to put out cookies for Santa on the Eve of the big special day. I have been sharing some cookie recipes this month (here and here) all of which we include onto Santa’s variety plate. This Christmas molasses cookies recipe has to be one of the most popular choices!

The original comes from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.  As a side note, this cookbook is amazing and would be an excellent Christmas gift! Now back to the recipe, here are the ingredients

A steel mixing bowl lying on its side, a measuring cup with molasses and a clear bowl with a flour mixture inside it.

A metal measuring cup with molasses spilling out onto a white plate.

  • 1/2 cup of sugar for rolling and 1/3 for the cookie batter
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of ginger 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar (dark)
  • 12 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup of molassess

Here is how you will make them…

Cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet ready to be baked.

  • Set the oven at 375 degrees.
  • Cream the butter and sugars using your mixer.
  • While that creams, hand whisk the dry flour, baking soda and spices.
  • Now add the egg yolk and extracts to the creamed mixture.
  • Next, add the molasses to the mixture.
  • Once incorporated, slowly add the flour mixture.
  • Make large cookie balls (about 2 inches in size) and then roll them into sugar.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes – rotating the pan halfway through.
  • Let cool…

Now go enjoy the best molasses cookies or save them for Santa!

A christmas tree decorated with red and white ornaments and a plate of cookies beside it.

Up close picture of of the molasses cookies and a glass of milk.

Decorated Christmas tree, a glass of milk, molasses cookies on a plate.

A plate of cookies with sprinkles of sugar on top.



Thanks so much for stopping by friends.  I am hoping that this last week before the big day involves some calm.  I know how busy it all gets and the pressure to get things just right.  But remember that those are not the things that matter most and the rest will truly fall together…

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