These molasses sugar cookies are the perfect addition to any holiday cookie tray. These traditional cookies will quickly become a family favorite.
The Story Behind Molasses Sugar Cookies
When I was little, every Christmas night my family would have what we called our “Christmas Buffet”. It was complete with every type of salad that needs to have mayonnaise added to it. The highlight, however, was the cookie tray that my grandmother would bring. It was complete with sugar cookies, buttercrunch, ritz peanut butter crackers, and these molasses sugar cookies.
To be honest, I never reached for the molasses sugar cookies. I didn’t care for them as a child. However, as an adult, I find them to be DELICIOUS. So much so, that I had a friend bring me a big bottle of molasses from the USA to Portugal last year so I could make them.
The dough itself comes together quickly. However, since it does use melted butter, you need to have time to refrigerate the dough before it becomes rollable. Since these need to be rolled into balls and then rolled into sugar, these are the perfect cookie to have kids help with. My kids always look forward to helping with them.
The written recipe of my grandmother’s calls for cloves. It is included in the recipe below. However, I do not like clove, so I always leave it out. You are more than welcome to add it, but feel free to leave it out if you don’t care for it as well.
Ingredients Needed for Molasses Sugar Cookies
- Molasses – I prefer using this brand of molasses.
- Ground Ginger
- Ground Clove
- Flour – You will want to use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
- Baking Soda – Don’t be surprised by the amount of baking soda used in this recipe. It helps give a crispness to the cookies.
Additional Recipes You Will Enjoy
- Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies
- Perfect Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
- Seven Layer Magic Bars
- Grandma’s Buttermilk Cookies
Molasses Sugar Cookies
- ¾ cup butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground clove
- ¼ tsp salt
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt your butter. Let it cool for about 10 minutes before making the dough.
- Once the butter is cooled, pour into a large mixing bowl and add the sugar, molasses, and egg. Mix together until well combined.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until you can see no more flour.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Once chilled, roll dough into small balls and then roll into granulated sugar.
- Bake in a preheated oven a 350℉ for 8-9 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.