Grandma’s Molasses Cookies

These cookies are bringing wrinkles back.

Good thing, because I rarely iron. Even when I’m wrinkly. I just decide to believe it when Jake tells me that my outfit looks like “it’s supposed to be like that.” But “like that” means wrinkled.

Ever since I made those large marge cookies, I’ve just been thinking that bigger cookies are better. I mean, if the cookie’s bigger than there’s more chewy center to love, right? Cookie middles are my favorite.

When I told my mom I made her molasses cookies she told me it was actually her mom’s recipe! So my mom ate these as a kid and so did I. That’s a fun thought. And my grandma knows whats up. These are perfectly chewy and spiced like fall. Jake loves them too. These taste like high-fiving fall-time.

Grandma’s Molasses Cookies {makes 14 large cookies}
Recipe adapted from my grandma*


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 t molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t cloves
  • 1/4 t ginger
  • pinch of salt
* I used butter instead of crisco and I put a hefty pinch of salt.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line two cookies sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the butter with 1 cup of sugar. Beat for 1 minute. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon scoop mounds of dough and form into a ball about the size of a golf ball. Roll through sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets leaving a couple inches of space between each.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

My mom makes her o’s into hearts. Jeez, I just love her!

18 thoughts on “Grandma’s Molasses Cookies”

  1. I just got this recipe out and leaned it against the cookie jar…anticipating making them tomorrow!! I did wonder if you used all butter..I may do that too <3 .
    AND I love you!!

  2. I love molasses spice cookies! In high school I had a friend that would make them for me, that was during my pre-baking days…the lesson is, cookies make friends. I love that this recipe is an heirloom!

  3. Kangli – ooh me too! Thanks!

    Cindy – Yeah man. Molasses is where it’s at. And you’re so right! Cookie sharing is totally the way to make friends.

  4. How rad that both you AND your mom ate these as kids. My grandma passed down NOTHIN, except her love for licorice and M&M’s, I can confidently say I inherited that from her! There’s a bakery near us that makes cookies that look like this, and for years I’ve wanted to try and recreate them!!!! Can’t wait to try your grandma’s recipe!

  5. these are delicious even if you accidentally leave out the banking soda! LOL i am going to make them again so i get the big crackly ones but um didnt want anyone to panic if they forgot or didnt get spread/cracks 😉

  6. I just have to say this has become one of my most beloved cookie recipes. It’s perfection. I give them away all the time, even in spring and summer, because they’re just so good. Everyone always loves them. I came by the site just now to pass the recipe on to a coworker, and I wanted to tell you that I’ve been making these things for 5 years now and have no intentions of stopping. 🙂

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