Ginger Shortbread with Molasses

If you like soft, buttery shortbread, you’ll love our festive version. These cookies aren’t fussy, but the molasses and spices give them an unmistakable holiday flair.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/41/2 cup diced (finely) candied ginger
  • granulated sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine flour, powdered sugar, and spices in a large bowl.
  2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or your fingers, until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  3. With a fork or your hands mix in the molasses and candied ginger. Knead until mixture forms a ball and divide in half.
  4. Roll ¼ to ½” thick and cut into shapes.
  5. Prick with the tines of a fork, brush with a little milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until bottoms just start to turn golden brown (be careful not to overcook)


Adapted from Threadbare Bakery blog.