Classic Gingerbread Cookies with a Molasses Twist

These gingerbread cookies offer a delightful blend of traditional holiday spices and rich molasses, creating a perfect treat for the festive season. With just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of spice, each cookie is crafted to have a soft, yet slightly crisp texture. Whether for a cozy family gathering or as a fun baking project, these cookies are sure to spread holiday cheer.

Why You’ll Love This:

  • Perfect Spice Blend: Ginger, cinnamon, and cloves offer a warm, inviting aroma and taste.
  • Rich Molasses Flavor: The addition of molasses gives these cookies a deep, caramelized sweetness.
  • Ideal Texture: Soft with a slight crispness, perfect for gingerbread lovers.
  • Fun to Make: A great baking activity for families, especially when it comes to cutting out gingerbread men shapes.
  • Festive Treat: Perfect for holiday gatherings, gifts, or as a delightful snack with a cup of tea or hot cocoa.

Ingredients for about 15 cookies:

  • 6 tbsp butter, room temperature (but still a bit cold)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp molasses, divided
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, beat together butter and sugars. If it’s crumbly, use your hands to bring it together.
  3. Add 1/2 cup molasses, vanilla, and egg yolk. Beat until well combined, scraping down the sides with a spatula.
  4. Mix in the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Start combining with your hands until it begins to form dough.
  5. Incorporate the remaining molasses, continuing to mix with your hands until the dough is formed (it may be slightly crumbly).
  6. On a floured surface, shape the dough into a ball and roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Cut out gingerbread men shapes and place them on the prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the tops appear dry and the bottoms are lightly golden.
  9. Let the cookies set on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Enjoy these classic Gingerbread Cookies, a perfect addition to your holiday baking repertoire! 🍪🎄✨

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