Soft baked molasses cookies

There is something about molasses based cookies around Christmas. Those flavors, combined with the festive spirit, as the perfect combination. There are plenty of molasses flavored cookies out there, such as gingerbread cookies, but each one is unique in its own way. Soft baked molasses cookies are fairly similar in flavor, however, their soft texture and sugar coated outside make them a completely different cookie. This recipe was shared by a friend of mine and has quickly become a family favorite.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Gather and measure all of your ingredients. In a bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and eggs until they are light and fluffy.

Add in the molasses and stir until well combined.

In a small bowl, mix together boiling water and 3 teaspoons of baking soda, then add to the butter mixture. This will make the mixture quite liquidy, however, this is the consistency that you want for this step.

In a medium bowl, combine all flour, cream of tartar, salt, ground cloves, ginger, and baking soda.

Fold this into the butter mixture. The dough should be sticky but workable. If you cannot roll it in your hands cleanly then it is too wet. Add small amounts of flour until you have a workable dough.

Roll golf-ball sized balls of dough and then coat with sugar. Place these on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Bake for 18-20 at 325 degrees. Cool on a wire rack.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 1/2-4 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy.
  3. Add molasses and stir well.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together boiling water and 3 teaspoons baking soda. Add into butter mixture and stir. This will make it fairly watery. Add in vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate large bowl, combine all dry ingredients – ensuring that you only add in 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture. The dough should be sticky but workable. If it is too sticky, add in a little more flour.
  6. Roll dough into golf-ball sized balls. Roll in sugar and then place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

What cookies do you love to make during the holidays?

These soft-baked molasses cookies are a perfect holiday treat.


  1. These looks so tasty! 😀 I really want to do some baking right now.

    1. Author

      They are really good. Easily my second favorite cookie to make over the holidays.

    1. Author

      I hope you enjoy them!

  2. I missed out on doing Christmas baking, so I’m living vicariously now through blog posts. These look divine!

    1. Author

      They are so good. You could also do some after-holidays baking!

  3. Author

    Yes, buying cookies can get pricey, that’s why I try to make cookies more often than buying them. I hope you enjoy these when you do give them a try!

  4. These are so similar to the molasses cookies my mom has always made. It makes me want to whip up a batch right now!

    1. Author

      I love finding recipes that are similar to things I ate as a child. I hope you are able to bake a batch and enjoy them.

  5. Looks yummy and seem it’s easy to do as well. I can make it for me. Thak you for sharing!

    1. Author

      Thank you. They are indeed easy to make and very delicious.

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