12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 1: Mom’s Molasses Cookies

This is the first in a series that I am trying in order to motivate me – and hopefully you! – to bake cookies this year.  With the twins, well…being twins, and the ceiling caving in last year…it kind of dampened the mood of baking cookies for the holidays.  I was just trying to survive!

Not so (far) this year!

I am picking 12 of my favorite cookies, and if I have a chance, some of my not-so-favorite, but really easy or pretty for a cookie exchange recipes.

I am sharing the Molasses cookie in honor of my mom.  Awwww! Stop it! These are serious cookies.  Very prim.  Very classic.  Good for dunking, or nibbling with tea.  In the morning with your coffee, say, before work even.  Or at 10 am for your coffee break.  Anyhoo, I digress.

Any cookie exchange should have one or two spice cookies, and this is my one.  I make another, as you will see, but for now you must wait.  This recipe is great for a cookie exchange as it makes 4 dozen cookies!  When they are cooled, Put into a ziplock and freeze until you need them.
molasses cookies

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 1: Mom’s Molasses Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies


  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


With a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and molasses.

In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients: flour, soda, spices, salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture.

Chill atleast 2 hours.

Spoon out a teaspoon sized amount and roll into a ball. Roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheet 2" apart. Bake for 7-10 minutes in a 375* oven. Cool on rack.


I have subbed half the flour with whole wheat without affecting the recipe.

The key with this recipe is to chill the dough. I like making it the night before, and then it is ready to go in the morning. It will fill your house with the best spicy smell.


Look at this well loved recipe card:
moolasses cookie recipe card

You can tell I have made these a lot over the years!

3 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 1: Mom’s Molasses Cookies

  1. Miz Helen

    Your cookies look fantastic, we will love them! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. I sure appreciate you!
    Miz Helen

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