Soft and Chewy Chocolate Molasses Cookie Recipe

Servings: 2 dozen serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 23 minutes

Cooking time: 8 minutes

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Chewy Chocolate Molasses Cookies are perfect for nibbling and just right for making ice cream sandwiches.Chocolate molasses cookies are soft, chewy and delicious, perfect for nibbling and just right for making ice cream sandwiches.

My aunt used to keep her chocolate chips locked high in a cupboard and she carried the key in her apron. She had seven boys so sweet things just weren’t safe in her house.

The thought used to make me laugh, in a “Can you imagine?” sort of way.


Chocolate molasses cookies are soft, chewy and delicious, perfect for nibbling and just right for making ice cream sandwiches.

And now I have two of my own monkeys in the kitchen. They climb on the counters and rummage through every cupboard looking for chocolate chips, baking sprinkles and other sweet treats.

I found an empty yogurt container full of chocolate chips tucked at the back of my daughter’s closet and I came to discover that my son was selling chocolate chips at school. Twenty-five cents for five.

That’s why I had to hide these chocolate molasses cookies and ration them out. They just wouldn’t survive if they were left out in the open.


Chocolate molasses cookies are soft, chewy and delicious, perfect for nibbling and just right for making ice cream sandwiches.


Now as molasses cookie recipes go these chocolate molasses cookies are very mild. There are no spices, but they would be delicious with a hint of ginger, cinnamon and a pinch of cloves. Or try them with a teaspoon of Chinese Five Spice powder.

They’re soft, chewy and delicious, perfect for nibbling and just right for making ice cream sandwiches.

Chewy Chocolate Molasses Cookie Recipe

From the blog Serious Eats  

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ cup sugar for rolling cookies in
  1. In large bowl, whisk butter with brown and white sugars, and salt.
  2. Whisk in egg, vanilla, and molasses.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk flour with cocoa and baking soda (sift cocoa if it’s lumpy).
  4. Whisk into wet mixture until just combined.
  5. Chill until firm (10 to 20 minutes).
  6. Place 1/2 cup sugar in bowl.
  7. Scoop dough by tablespoonful and roll into balls.
  8. Roll balls in sugar.
  9. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet about two inches apart.
  10. Bake at 375 F just until puffed and beginning to crack (7 to 8 minutes)
  11. Immediately after removing from oven, give pans a hard tap so the cookies settle in.
  12. Let cookies cool on pan 2 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

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14 thoughts on “Soft and Chewy Chocolate Molasses Cookie Recipe

  1. Maureen says:

    Hi Bridget!

    Could I substitute oil for butter? And if so, what amount? Also, I’d be looking to sub the egg with ground chia soaked in hot H2O and used a GF flour blend.

    Looking forward to making these this weekend. (Will be adding spices though, as I really enjoy a spicy cookie.)

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Maureen, I’d say go ahead with your adaptations. Oil is a great substitution and in fact I have been using half oil and half butter. (Stick with the same amount.) The chia and GF flour substitutions should work too. I find that cookie recipes can be very forgiving when you want to play with them. Let me know how they turn out.

  2. Kim says:

    Love these cookies, just one or two satisfies you when you need that snack.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      I agree – they’re a great go-to cookie!

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  4. Grace says:

    Does anyone have a recipe for meatloat using molasses??

    Please my husband loves molasses he wants it in everything.

    Thanks for your help

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Grace,
      I found a recipe for meatloaf that includes molasses, and it gets a good rating so is probably worth a try. Here you go. Let me know what you think.

  5. Eileen Ward says:

    Would you have a recipe for your molasses cookies for someone who cannot eat gluten.Please if you do it would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Eileen, It just so happens that I have working with a recipe developer to create a gingerbread cookie recipe that’s suitable for cut outs. In the meantime I’ll email you some recipes that I have found but not yet tested.

  6. mary says:

    omg i just made these they are so good and i made them gluten free so good !!! thanks you !!:)

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Mary, A GF version, great idea! Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. Ariane says:

    The cookies are great tasting, but they were round and not flat like the picture above. Plus, it took more than 8 minutes before I saw cracks on top of them while they were baking. Good recipe though.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Ariane, Thanks for your feedback. Cookies can be funny that way. One weekend my mom, sister and I all made the same cookie recipe and all three were different. Glad you enjoyed they. (I think I’d prefer them a little puffier.)

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