Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Molasses Crinkle Cookies

These molasses crinkle cookies are my new favorite Christmas cookie! The dough is super easy to make and the cookies taste and look delicious. My first batch was a disaster because I tried to put 12 cookies on the pan. Don’t do it! To be safe, just cook six at a time and they will be perfect. If you overcrowd the pan, the molasses crinkle cookies will turn into a molasses crinkle bar – it’s not pretty.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies
Molasses Crinkle Cookies

For this cookie project, I was looking for a delicious (and easy) cookie to make that would use some local North Carolina molasses. I needed to bring cookies for a cookie swap – I wanted them to have a local component and I wanted them to be gluten-free but not taste gluten-free. These molasses crinkle cookies were a huge hit with my friends and my kids. You only need 1/3 cup of molasses but the taste is incredible and the texture is nice and chewy. Because you roll the chilled dough into balls before putting them on the cookie tray, this is also a great way to involve your kids with some hands-on help! They can help you roll the cookie dough into balls and then they can roll the cookie dough balls around in the sugar.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies
Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Molasses Crinkle Cookies are my new favorite Christmas cookie! These are great to share or keep for yourself.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Author Erin Brighton


  • 3/4 c butter , softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c molasses
  • 2 c flour (I used GF!)
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 t ground ginger
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. Add the sugar. Beat well.
  2. Add molasses and egg. Beat on medium speed.
  3. Add ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour to a small bowl.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamy butter mixture. Mix well.
  5. Chill the dough for at least an hour.
  6. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll the dough balls in raw sugar - raw sugar is just a minimally processed sugar!
  7. Cook 6 cookies at a time on the cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 9 to 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.


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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

13 thoughts on “Molasses Crinkle Cookies”

    1. Thanks, Marye! When I was younger, I was wary of molasses – I have no idea why. Thankfully, I got over that. 😉

    1. Thanks, Christie! I don’t know why I haven’t made more crinkle cookies! They are so easy. These ones have been such a hit here!

  1. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    My mother-in-law bakes hundreds of molasses cookies every year! This would be a fun new recipe for her to try!

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