Molasses Spice Cookies

Makes 4-5 Dozen

This beloved spicy sweet cookie has been a part of my family’s holiday celebration for decades. The recipe has been shared with friends around the world and for cookie exchanges, it always seems to be a favorite.


1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1-1/2 cups + 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
3/4 teaspoon salt
Shortening for greasing cookie sheets


  1. Blend the butter with 1-1/2 cups of the sugar, the molasses and egg.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, clove and salt and sift them into the butter mixture. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate until the dough is firm, about 45 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
  4. Form the dough into 1-inch balls, rolling each in the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar before placing it on the cookie sheet. Leave about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake in the middle of the oven until the cookies are golden brown and the tops are cracked, about 8 to 10 minutes. They will still be soft.
  5. Remove the pan and transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight tin.