Molasses Spice Crinkle Cookies 3 Ways

Servings: 24-30 serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 22 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

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Turn one batch of cookies into three with this versatile Molasses Spice Crinkle Cookie recipe.

molasses spice crinkle cookies three ways

This is a great recipe for the indecisive baker. You know, those days when you want to bake something sweet but can’t decide on a recipe. It’s a classic molasses cookie recipe that can go in all sorts of directions. I have three suggestions here but the variations are infinite.

molasses spice crinkle cookies three ways

This one recipe can become three:

  1. Molasses Spice Crinkle Cookies
  2. Chocolate Chip Molasses Cookies
  3. Double Ginger Spice Cookies

In in the mood for chocolate? Turn these into molasses chocolate chip cookies. Or if you want to add an extra bite of spice and chewiness you can toss in some candied ginger. Or they’re lovely on their own as simple molasses spice crinkle cookies.

molasses spice crinkle cookies three ways

More variations:

This recipe would work with orange zest too, or white chocolate chips. May be add a little coffee or plunk a Hershey’s Kiss in the middle.

Molasses Spice Crinkle Cookies Recipe 3 ways


  • 2 ¾ cup flour, spooned in
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Granulated sugar for coating

Optional variations:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3-1/2 cups chopped candied ginger


  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  2. In a large bowl beat together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in molasses, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour and spice mixture and mix just until dough comes together.
  5. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes or preferably overnight (if you have time).

To bake:

  1. Preheat oven to 3750F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Scoop dough into walnut-sized balls and roll in sugar to coat.
  3. Gently flatten the ball with the bottom of a glass or mug.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes until firm (don’t over bake).

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11 thoughts on “Molasses Spice Crinkle Cookies 3 Ways

  1. Marie Arnold says:

    I have been making these cookies for my family for years,I am looking forward to trying many more of your recipes they always seem to be a favorite.

  2. Marie Arnold says:

    I have been making these cookies for my family for years,I am looking forward to trying many more of your recipes they always seem to be a favorite.This is my first comment,sorry I haven’t said this before.

  3. Marie says:

    i noticed in your video that you used the molasses instead of baking molasses, by Crosby, doe it matter.

    1. Hi Marie, I use fancy molasses for all of my cooking on the blog. You can use our cooking molasses but since it’s less sweet (and has a much stronger flavour) I usually limit it to about 1/4 cup. It’s all a matter of taste though. Feel free to substitute cooking molasses in any of these recipes.

  4. Joyce says:

    Really nice with butterscotch baking chips as well, or craisins.

    1. Yum! What great suggestions. Thanks

  5. Lillian Gordon says:

    I do not need to try them yet. I know what the molasses cookies taste like as I have made them for more years than I can count. Looking forwarded to trying candy ginger in the first batch I cook this fall
    Thanks again for great recipes

  6. Anita says:

    If I wanted date and nut cookies how much should I use gor the recipe?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Anita, You could use up to 1 cup total (so half a cup of each). I might start with 1/3 cup of each and see if that’s enough.

  7. Karen McGraw says:

    Delicious, thanks for the recipes. Crosby’s has been a way of life for our family through generations.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Thanks Karen. I always love to hear from people who grew up with our molasses.

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