Soft Molasses Crinkle Cookies

by Amy on 12 December 2012

this year, I (along with 576 other food bloggers) participated in a fun event – the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. basically, each of us make 3 dozen cookies, shipping a dozen each to 3 other bloggers. and in return? we receive 3 dozen cookies from 3 different bloggers. a fun way to accumulate cookies AND make new connections? I like! i wanted to make something particularly festive for the swap + decided on molasses crinkle cookies – a cookie i always associate with the holidays.

so, how were they? delicious! they’ve got a wonderful soft, chewy texture + a delightful flavor – just sweet enough, with a perfect combination of spices. the smell of them baking instantly reminded me of past holiday seasons + all the scrumptious treats i associate with this time of year. i made sure to make more than the 3 dozen i needed to ship out, knowing i’d want some for my own noshing. + i’m so glad i did – they made for a perfect dessert, a delish afternoon snack, + i confess, an awesome breakfast. so, if you’re looking for a new holiday cookie recipe, give these a try! you’ll love ’em. =)

Soft Molasses Crinkle Cookies

makes approximately 3 1/2 dozen cookies, adapted from my kitchen addiction


3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 egg
1/4 cup dark molasses
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup raw sugar


cream together the butter + brown sugar until light + fluffy in texture. add the egg + beat until well incorporated. add the molasses, + beat to incorporate.

meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking soda, spices, + salt. gradually stir the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture just until they are incorporated into the dough. chill the dough for at least 2 hours.

when ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 375°F. line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon liner. use a small cookie scoop (approximately 2 tablespoons) to scoop out cookies. roll the cookies in the raw sugar before placing them on the baking sheet.

bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are just set + still soft. let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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1 Beth December 12, 2012 at 7:12 am

Those look delicious. They remind me of my grandmother’s ginger cookie recipe that I love so much. What a great gift for blogging friends!

2 amy December 12, 2012 at 7:22 am

in a fun coincidence, that’s the same thing my husband said when he smelled them baking! he said, “those remind me the ginger cookies that my grandmother used to send to us!” i love a nostalgic treat like that… =)

3 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

Mmm, I love crinkle cookies at the holidays. These look warm and spicy. :)

4 Kathryn December 12, 2012 at 8:26 am

These cookies look just perfect and I love that rich spicy flavour!

5 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

Mmm I would’ve loved to get these in the mail!

6 claire @ the realistic nutritionist December 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

These look SO GOOD. I love chewy molasses cookies!!!

7 Megan @ girl by the lake December 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

Hi! These look awesome. I keep swearing that I’m going to get involved in a cookie swap…and then my blogging blues set in and I missed out on all the good ones! Next time, I swear. ha!

All I can imagine is eating these cookies with a huge class of milk…dunking and chewing until my little heart is content!

8 amy December 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

next year I’m going to remind you about the cookie swap, so you *will* be participating – no excuses! =)

9 Ashley@BakerbyNature December 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

Oooooooo, I wouldn’t mind getting a box of these in the mail at alllllllllllllll 😉

10 Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie December 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

I totally did the same thing Amy, I had to make extras for me to eat – there was no way I was sending all of them haha. And you had me at soft and chewy – there is no other way! These look delicious!

11 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

Gorgeous! The crinkles are just so perfect! Maybe next year you can be matched up to me :)

12 amy December 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

I would loooove to be matched up to you next year! You always make the best-looking cookies. =)

13 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl December 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Perfect cookies as always, Amy! These are definitely a perfect holiday treat (reminds me of my grandmother, too).

14 Nik@ABrownTable December 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

OMG, I had no idea that you were participating too. It was my first time and so much fun. Your crinkle cookies look gorgeous and I too secretly wish that I could have been matched up with you!

15 amy December 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

yes, I participated, too! and i would’ve loved to be paired up with you, too – your cookies look amazing!

16 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction December 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Molasses cookies remind me of the holidays, too! Soft and chewy is the only way to go with cookies! :)

17 Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up December 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I love molasses cookies this time of year. They are a holiday staple. I like that they have cardamom in them. Sooo yummy!!

18 amy December 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

i thought the addition of the cardamom was interesting, too, bernadette – it added a lovely flavor!

19 sally @ sallys baking addiction December 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I am loving all of the cookies around the blogworld today. And these catch my eye b/c I simply adore molasses cookies. Yours look magazine worthy Amy! They truly do. Complete perfection. and I love that they are soft! That’s how I like my molasses cookies. :)

20 amy December 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

you are the sweetest, sally – thank you, as always, for your super kind comment!

21 Cassie | Bake Your Day December 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I love ginger cookies. these look so perfect and chewy!

22 kristen @ notsodomesticated December 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Yum! I could probably eat a dozen of these … they look amazing!

23 Blond Duck December 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Ha! I’m posting the same thing mañana!

24 amy December 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Great minds think alike. =)

25 Sara C December 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

These look wonderful – I definitely want to try your recipe!

26 Julie @ Table for Two December 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

annnnnd great minds think alike and bake the same thing for the cookie swap!! how funny would it have been if we had gotten each other? haha :) yours look so perfect and i love the tops!

27 amy December 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Bahaha, it would’ve been awesome if we got each other – i would’ve been like, hmmm, i received the exact same cookies that i sent out … interesting. HA!

28 Luv What You Do December 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I have been craving ginger and molasses cookies every day. Seriously I dream about them. I hope I have time to whip up a batch of these this weekend!

29 angela @ another bite please December 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I love love molasses around Christmas…and I would so be eating these for breakfast too…I love the crinkle cracks in these cookies…perfection.

30 Amy (Savory Moments) December 13, 2012 at 5:51 am

I’ve been seeing this swap a lot lately — guess I need to remember it for next year because it sounds fun! Spice/molasses cookies are one of my holiday favorites! Yum.

31 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

these look SO good! Somehow I missed the swap this year, but will definitely need to remember for next year! I am so into gingerbread/molasses this holiday…can’t wait to try these!

32 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel December 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

Talk about a perfect cookie! I love crinkle cookies and I LOVE that these molasses cookies are super soft and puffy, just how I like ’em. Gorgeous photos and cookies, m’dear!

33 Nicole @ Lapetitebaker December 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Yum I love molasses cookies! I made a similar cookie recipe for the food blogger cookie swap except mine were ginger with chocolate chips. Such pretty pictures btw!

34 amy December 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

ooh, love the idea of adding chocolate chips – off to check out your recipe!

35 sarah k @ the pajama chef December 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

yum! i wish i would have had the time to participate this year, but with grad school + my sister’s wedding 3 days after christmas, no can do. these cookies sound divine.

36 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) December 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

How did I miss out on the cookie swap??? I’m the cookie monster!!! Please tell me you have leftovers!!. :-)

37 amy December 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I’ll have to remind you about the cookie swap next year – I think you’d love it, being the cookie-loving monster that you are!

38 Lesley Eats December 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

You’re speaking my language: soft cookie. :)

39 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee December 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Oh I love soft cookies like these so much!!

40 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings December 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

i think i may be the last food blogger who’s heard of this cookie swap! i think i have been living under a rock for the last year or so…

i’ve been looking for a good crinkle recipe that’s not chocolate. somehow, crinkle cookies also remind me christmas…ho ho ho!

41 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

These sound fabulous!

42 Maggie December 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

These look delicious. If. I cAn find all the ingredients over here I will try them.

43 Meghan December 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Yum, they look delicious ! I just posted a soft gingersnap recipe too! Great minds 😉

44 JulieD December 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

Love this, Amy! I wish I got these in the mail too!! 😀

45 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen December 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

I love molasses cookies! These are really similar to my favorite Christmas cookie, except I add white chocolate chunks to mine! Your cookie exchange recipients are very lucky :)

46 Renee December 15, 2012 at 5:54 am

I haven’t had molasses in years and years. Now you have me reminiscing about the flavor and thinking how nice it would be in cookies. Great photo too.

47 Sammie December 15, 2012 at 7:52 am

Amy! Those cookies look so wonderful. They’re perfect for the holiday season.. OMG i still can’t believe it’s almost x’mas now! It’s crazy! haha.. I’ll have to try these some time. Huge fan of the soft cookies!! 😀

48 amy December 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

Yes, i can’t believe how close it is to Christmas either! Time flies. =)

49 Stacy December 15, 2012 at 10:49 am

Thank you so much for the cookies! They were soft and delicious! :)

50 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

I have a gingerbread cookie recipe I’ve made a million times this year, but I’ve GOT to try your molasses cookie recipe! They look super soft and so delicious!

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