December 20, 2008

Chewy Molasses Cookies

someone with ocd would be proud

i love this cookie. if i wasn’t already married, i could possibly marry it. (sorry honey!)
But i don’t think one of these cookies would look as good in a suit…so fantasy ABANDONED.

chewy ginger molasses parade

sugar bubbles

so please make these…and then send me some….cuz I fear I might run out soon!

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
(recipe from Martha Stewart’s Cookie Book)
Makes about 36


-2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
-1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
-1 large egg
-1/4 cup molasses


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.

2. With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms. Put dough in the fridge and chill it for at least an hour.

3. Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.

4. Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 4 days.

  • Summers Love

    I’m making these right now as I am rereading the recipe – thank you!

  • Jen

    snowbound in nh = making these cookies! hooray!

  • regan

    Martha featured this recipe in Everyday Food a few years back and it has been one of my favorite cookies ever since then. mmmm, so good.

  • Seskwee

    Is there supposed to be some ginger in the cookies? Otherwise the recipe name is confusing.

  • Tracy

    seskwee- thanks for catching my error. i just added the amount of ground ginger in the recipe . yikes! sorry!

  • Ida

    Looks delicious, thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  • chau

    made them tonight!!! 😛 we’ll see if the gang at work like them tomorrow

  • Robin

    Hi there! These are super tasty (as are all the recipes I’ve tried on your fun site, which I only recently discovered!), but I have a quick question… when I make these cookies, they puff up into little mounds, not at all like the thin looking cookies pictured above… (which is sort of a difficult as I was trying to make them into ice cream sandwiches with cinnamon ice cream – yum!) They’re still very tasty, but what do you think is causing that? Thanks for having such a lovely site!

  • Leetha

    I made these last night to “test” it out (baking is my therapy) and I must say that this is going to be at the top of my cookie list especially during fall/winter holiday seasons. It was easy to make and my family and co-workers loved that they were soft almost ginger snappish kind of cookie but without the ginger bite. YUMMY! A must make people will NOT be disappointed. My batch made about 3 dozen of YUM!

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