5 from 6 votes
Chewy Iced Molasses Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Chill Time
1 hr
Total Time
24 mins

These Chewy Iced Molasses Cookies are at the top of my list of Christmas baking favorites. They have a fabulous soft and chewy texture and are filled with the classic flavors of molasses, cinnamon, and ginger.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 dozen
Calories: 131 kcal
For the cookies:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsulphured mild-flavor molasses
  • 1 egg
For the icing:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons milk as needed
For the cookies:
  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and brown sugar on medium speed for about 1 minute until thoroughly combined and creamy. Add molasses. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg until. Gradually beat in flour mixture just until combined. Cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll cookie dough into small 1" balls. Place about 2" inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Flatten balls slightly with the palm of your hand.
  4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges of cookies are set, being careful not to overbake. Cool on cookie sheets for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely before icing.
For the icing:
  1. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon milk to a small bowl and stir until combined. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches spreading consistency.

  2. Once cooled, spoon some of the icing on top of each cookie and spread out with the back of a spoon. Allow icing to set. Cookies will keep well for several days in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Chewy Iced Molasses Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 197mg9%
Potassium 90mg3%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 14g16%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.