Simon’s Easy Soft Molasses Cookies Recipe {Cookbook Giveaway}

Servings: 4-5 dozen serving(s)

Prep time: 60 minutes

Total time: 120 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

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Simon's soft molasses cookies

Easy soft molasses cookies suit any time of year.

This easy soft molasses cookies recipe is from the new cookbook, Pantry & Palate, by writer Simon Thibault. It’s a cookbook filled with old-fashioned East Coast recipes that celebrate his Acadian roots. These are recipes that he grew up with, gathered from family members and from the Acadian community in Nova Scotia where his family is from.

Molasses was a staple in Acadian households. It was always easy to come by and was (is) suited to sweet and savoury dishes. (My grandfather, an Acadian originally from Prince Edward Island, practically considered molasses its own food group, it was so essential to his diet.)

pantry and palate

The recipes may be old time but they’re not out dated.

Pantry & Palate is an exploration of history through food. And while some recipes are not every day fare (pickled pig’s head, for example) most are perfectly suited to today’s kitchen

From chicken fricot (chicken vegetable stew) to potato pancakes, scalloped cabbage, apple cake, gingerbread and apple pie, the book is filled with everyday recipes, family-favourite sorts of recipes.

A giveaway!

Now is your chance to try more recipe from Pantry & Palate. Courtesy of Nimbus Publishing Ltd. we’re giving away a copy of the book.

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About Simon’s easy soft molasses cookies:

This is an old fashioned soft molasses cookie recipe, made with lard. To ensure they’re tender, take care not to over-bake them. They only cook for about 8 minutes, and they might not seem cooked at that point but they’ll set once cooled. These bake in a hot oven (375 F) so the bottoms can burn easily if you leave them in too long. They’re equally wonderful baked plain or rolled in sugar.

Easy Soft Molasses Cookies Recipe


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup lard
  • 1 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Sugar for rolling (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and lard until the sugar is no longer grainy. Beat in the molasses then the ginger.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the sugar mixture and stir until just combined.
  3. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonful (or a medium cookie scoop). Flatten gently with a fork. (or you can roll dough in balls & dip in sugar)
  7. Bake for 8 minutes (Take care not to over bake these cookies. You want them to be tender.)

If you love soft molasses cookies try our recipe for Aunt Marcia’s Soft Molasses Thumbprint Cookies


44 thoughts on “Simon’s Easy Soft Molasses Cookies Recipe {Cookbook Giveaway}

  1. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    My favourite cookie is a Pecan Chocolate Chip. Followed closely by a big spicy Gingersnap. :)

  2. Carol Denny says:

    Molasses oat meal cookie

  3. Melissa M says:

    *drool* these look and sound fantastic. Molasses cookies are definitely in my top 10 favourites: I can’t pick just one favourite!!!

  4. Paula R says:

    My favourite cookies are Thimble cookies but soft molasses cookies are a close second, I use my mother’s recipe

  5. Janet says:

    Can’t wait to try these. I love cooking with molasses!

    1. Nicole says:

      I mixed it up. Too dry to even bake them! I couldn’t even mix any more of the flour. What a waste of ingredients!

      1. Hi Nicole, I wish I could figure out what went wrong with your cookies. Normally the batter is very soft, which is why it needs to be refrigerated.

        1. Lana says:

          I had the same problem as Nicole. After everything was mixed, it was just loose, like it needed a liquid.

          1. Lynn Purdy says:

            Lana, Could it be that your flour was scooped with a measuring cup and not by the spoonful. If you use a spoon to put the flour into a measuring cup, it puts a little air in it and will make items not so dry. We have had lots of people have success with this recipe, so I am sorry if it did not work for you. I do hope that you try it again.

  6. Sabina Edwards says:

    FOR me its a really good sugar cookie …I can’t make them very good but some people can and they have the perfect icing (which I cant figure out what it is either cus I love it) I dolike a good soft molasses cookie and only started making them last yr when I was off for 4 months from surgery. Pinned the recipe for winter months when I turn the oven back on LOL

  7. Deanna Petrie says:

    My favorite kind of cookie is fat archies.. so i think these would be amazing!

  8. Thelma Ball says:

    My family and I love a crisp and spicy Gingersnap.

  9. Sherry K says:

    Love oatmeal cookies and ginger cookies.

  10. Katy says:

    My husband loves molasses cookies and prefers the soft ones. Definitely trying this one out! Thanks!

  11. Rachelle says:

    My grandmother used to make soft molasses cookies and wrap date filling between
    two. Making these brings back those warm memories.

  12. Patsy says:

    Nice soft oatmeal and raisin,made with Crosby’s molasses of course :).

  13. Carol Murray says:

    I bake with molasses ( Crosby) a lot. Brown bread,cookies, baked beans.
    Molasses give every thing a flavour all its own.

  14. Ella McKinnon says:

    terrific just finished making them . love molasses. cookies. just ate 6.

  15. Carla Le Blanc says:

    I remember my grandmother making homemade bread… real butter and there was molasses. She also made molasses cookies. They were the best but she never used a recipe.

  16. Francine says:

    I love a good gingerbread cookie!

  17. Alison Proos says:

    Looking forward to having ‘ soft ‘ molasses cookies!

  18. Vicki Hill says:

    I love molasses cookies. My grandmother, my Mom and I have used Crosby forever. Only the best molasses for my kitchen. ?

  19. nancy Giese says:

    Peanut butter cookies are my fave, but I’m dying to try these molassess cookies. They look scrumptious

  20. Lori P says:

    My favourite cookie depends on what I’m inclined to bake or what looks interesting to me at the time, which just happens most recently Molasses Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

  21. Dana says:

    Would Butter substitute for Lard?

    1. Hi Dana, Yes, you could use butter but the texture will be a little different. The flavour will be great though.

  22. Merle M says:

    Ginger molasses are my favorite cookies! !

  23. Joy D says:

    Homemade ginger snaps

  24. jacquie says:

    i do love a good molasses cookie. a good sturdy oatmeal w/ chocolate chips is also a favorite.

  25. Linda says:

    My favourite cookie is the classic chocolate chip cookie.

  26. l p says:

    gingersnaps that really snap with ginger. thanks

  27. valerie says:

    I love molasses and will try this recipe


    I really enjoy ginger snaps and oatmeal raisin cookies.

  29. Lorraine says:

    Hi there;
    My favorite cookies are Fat Archie’s, big, soft molasses cookies which I think would be similar to this recipe. I will definitely be trying this recipe. :)
    Thank you

  30. Kale says:

    a really, really zingy soft ginger cookie is the favourite here. thx

  31. laura feist says:

    I like the molasses cookie

  32. Sharon Thurston says:

    I love ginger snaps but have tried many Crosby’s recipes and love molasses cookie recipes that I have tried from their email info letters.

  33. Brenda says:

    Molasses and ginger, yum!

  34. Kimmy Ripley says:

    I love soft chocolate chip cookies.

  35. JoKing says:

    I have to say my fave is shortbread or sugar cookies.

  36. Brittany McKnight says:

    I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies!

  37. Lushka Smith says:

    My favourite cookie is shortbread.

  38. Hazel says:

    My favourite are spicy ginger molasses cookies.

  39. Sab Edwards says:

    congrats to the winner

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