Whole Wheat Puppy Paws | Soft Molasses Cookies Recipe

Servings: 20 cookies serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

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whole wheat puppy paws soft molasses cookies

These whole wheat puppy paws (soft molasses cookies) make a great lunchbox treat. They’re wholesome and fun. A great recipe to make with kids.

Whole wheat puppy paws can be made as soft molasses drop cookies too. Just drop by a heaping tablespoonful onto a parchment lined baking sheet or use a medium cookie scoop. They’re satisfying no matter what shape you choose.

This is a whole wheat version of our favourite Bear Paws cookie recipe.


Whole Wheat Puppy Paws | Soft Molasses Cookies Recipe

  • Author: Bridget Oland
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minute
  • Yield: 18-20 1x


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned in
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, spooned in
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar. Beat in molasses and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the flours, spices, and salt.
  4. Combine the hot water and baking soda in a little cup and give it a stir. Pour into the butter mixture, making sure to scrape out the baking soda residue. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and stir until incorporated.

To shape the paws*:

  1. Using a medium cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon of dough, make the middle of the paws. Using a  teaspoon measure, make four toes. (This will get easier once you have done a few.)
  2. Bake 10-12 minutes, until puffy and set.
  3. Let cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.


*These cookies can be made as drop cookies. Use about 2 Tbsp. of dough per cookie.


Keywords: soft molasses cookies; lunchbox treat

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