Plate of ginger molasses cookies

Few foods scream “wintertime” to me like these cookies do.   I love how they have a bit of bite, and their fine crumb makes them just melt in your mouth.  My favorite thing, though, is probably how easy they are to make.

Johanna’s Ginger Molasses Cookies

¾ cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
¼ cup molasses  (I like the “full flavored” variety for this)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup sugar for decoration

Step 1

Assemble your ingredients.


Step 2

Cream sugar into butter until smooth.  It should look something like this.

Cream sugar into butter

Step 3

Add egg and molasses.  Beat until well-blended.

Butter, sugar, egg and molasses mixture

Step 4

In another bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.

dry ingredients

Step 5

Add dry ingredients to molasses mixture and stir to form dough.


This is the point when I usually slap it in a container and stick it in the fridge.  As far as I know, it doesn’t affect the cookies, but I usually need to do some damage control elsewhere.  🙂

fridge-ready dough

Step 6

When you’re ready to bake the cookies, roll the dough into 1-inch balls and roll the balls in sugar.  You really don’t have to be precise about this.  (Can’t you tell from looking at mine?)

dough balls in sugar

Step 7

Place the cookies 2 inches apart or so on ungreased baking sheets.

cookies ready to bake

Step 8

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  The tops should just slightly start to crack.

cookie at the right "doneness"

Step 9

Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.  I like to sprinkle the cookies with more sugar a few minutes after they come out of the oven (when they are warm enough that the sugar sticks, but not so warm that it melts).  That bit of sugar does great things for the texture of the cookie.

sugar-sprinkled cookies

Step 10

Cool and enjoy!  Unlike most cookies, I actually prefer these cool over hot out of the oven.

cookie close-up

For some more great holiday recipes, check out Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s Tasty Tuesday link-up.