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Molasses Cookies For Christmas

Around here Christmas isn’t complete without a batch of molasses cookies. They’ve got that sharp, distinct flavor that pairs perfectly with a cup of eggnog and when pressed in sugar, they glisten a bit like snow regardless of whether or not you’re experiencing a real white Christmas. Although, don’t you always hope that you’ll wake on Christmas morning to a blanket of snow? I do!

My daughter and I had a blast whipping up a few dozen of these to share with Daddy’s work friends and Mama’s book club cookie exchange. They were a hit so of course I wanted to share our family recipe!

molasses cookies


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, withheld


In a mixing bowl cream brown sugar and butter together. Add molasses and fully combine. Then your egg. In a separate bowl whisk together your dry ingredients (not the white sugar). While your mixer mixes on low, slowly add the dry ingredients. This is a thicker dough and will ball together and pull from the sides once mixes.

Roll your cookie dough balls into smooth circles and gently press flat. Sprinkle your white sugar onto a plate and press your flattened cookie dough ball into the sugar (just the top). Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

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