All-Time Favourite Chewy Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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This is my mom’s all-time favourite cookie. It has that perfect combination of crispy on the outside (in a buttery sort of way), and chewy on the inside.

Chewy Molasses crinkle cookies

This is my mom’s all-time favourite cookie. And for good reason. It has that perfect combination of crispy on the outside (in a buttery sort of way), and chewy on the inside.

The recipe is from my grandmother and is a cookie that my mom grew up eating. Of course Chewy Molasses Crinkle Cookies aren’t unique to my family. You’ll find this recipe in old cookbooks everywhere, including old Crosby’s cookbooks, and all over the Internet. You might even know the recipe as Elevator Lady cookies from the classic, I Hate to Cook Book, by Peg Bracken.

My grandmother’s original recipe called for the shortening (I use butter) to be melted first but I use softened butter instead since I prefer the resulting texture of the  finished cookie.

Like most molasses cookies these cookies keep well. They stay fresh in a tin on the counter for days and also freezes well. They’re also very versatile. You could sandwich them with frosting or turn them into the best ever s’mores (a great incentive to get my kids to go on a long hike.)

chewy molasses crinkle cookies

Chewy Molasses Crinkle Cookies


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp. flour (spooned in)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • Sugar for dipping


  • Beat butter and sugar. Add egg then molasses.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  • Stir into butter mixture and mix until combined.
  • Form it into walnut-sized balls. Dip the tops in sugar and place them 2” apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes.

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5 thoughts on “All-Time Favourite Chewy Molasses Crinkle Cookies

  1. Amy Hagerman says:

    Yummy love any recipes with molasses.

  2. colleen harrington says:

    Hi! Please, I’d love a copy of your cookie recipes cookbook and holiday baking cookbook.

    My mailing address is:

    6 Sandalwood Cres.
    London, ON
    N6G 2Z7

    Thank you!

  3. Lori says:

    Ajust made these they are unbelievable delicious. Thank you

  4. Cathy Popham says:

    Can you add carbs and sugar per cookie? I’m diabetic and need to have some idea of these amounts. Thanks!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Cathy, Bit by bit I have been adding nutritional info to recipes. Apologies that I haven’t got to this one yet.

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